Summer has been busy at Ayler Records, presenting today 3 new cd releases:
Daunik LazroSome Other Zongs (aylCD-123)
Ten years after his first and only solo release Zong Book, baritone saxophonist Daunik Lazro delivers another collection of improvised solo pieces, recorded during the 2010 Europa Jazz Festival and in Paris' Saint-Merry church a few months later. If Lazro's creativity and technique are no longer to prove, it's really the highly personal quality of the sonic landscapes he's creating that strikes the most when listening to the music on this recording. On Some Other Zongs, Lazro displays a varied palette of multi-phonic sounds and colors, always blending the cerebral with the emotional, reaching the depths of his inner self and bringing music out of it, and this even when revisiting a tune like Joe McPhee's Le Vieux Carré and sort of paying homage to the blues roots of free music.
Szilárd Mezei Wind QuartetInnen (aylCD-122)
Following their highly acclaimed debut We Were Watching the Rain on Leo, Serbian viola-player/composer Szilárd Mezei and his Wind Quartet" return with yet another batch of their subtle mix of contemporary chamber music, European folk-jazz and improvisation. Throughout the seven pieces on Innen, Mezei's viola is both supported and challenged by Bogdan Rankovic's reeds, Branislav Aksin's trombone and Kornél Papista's tuba, all four musicians of this small orchestra servicing the composer's ideas as well as entering into improvisational exchanges, and taking the music to impressive heights of creativity, consistency and virtuosity.
Benjamin DubocPrimare Cantus (aylCD-098-100)
A 3-disc set offering a panel of bassist Benjamin Duboc's current work. The first disc focuses on Primare Cantus, a peculiar piece of music, performed only on the tailpiece of the double bass, and mixing the very low register of the instrument with sharper frequencies obtained with bow friction and mouth/breath sounds. The music here moves slowly, very slowly, but is never static, and continuously evolves through micro variations. Disc 2 and 3 then showcase Duboc's bass in duo and trio settings with regular collaborators Didier Lasserre (percussion), Sylvain Guérineau (tenor sax), Jean-Luc Petit (tenor & baritone sax), Pascal Battus (guitar pickup), Sophie Agnel (piano) and Christian Pruvost (trumpet). Dive in and explore Benjamin Duboc's introspective sonic territories.