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A Way A Land Of Life [Vinyl 1LP, limited edition 400]


  • Kod: NBLP74
  • Producent: NoBusiness Records
  • Wykonawca: Jason Ajemian / Tony Malaby / Rob Mazurek / Chad Taylor
  • Nośnik: Vinyl 1LP
  • Cena: 85,99 zł
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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
premiera polska:
2014-09-05
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: kartonowe etui
opis:

multikultiproject.blogspot.com; 2014-09:
"Współczesna muzyka Jasona Ajemiana zdaje się być w dużej mierze sumą jego doświadczeń i fascynacji. Gdy jednak obcujemy z kolejnymi jego płytami możemy liczyć, że znajdziemy tam jakiś element niekonwencjonalny, wybiegający w przyszłość, nowy - tak dla muzyki Ajemiana, jaki i - muzyki w ogóle.

Tym razem gdy spojrzy się na zestawienie nazwisk na okładce kwartetu nie sposób nie popatrzeć na chicagowskiego kontrabasistę z uznaniem. Zaprosił duet świetnie - nie tylko w Chicago znany - Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek / Chad Taylor) u uzupełnił jednym z najbardziej rozchwytywanych dzisiaj nowojorskich muzyków - Tonym Malabym mianowicie. Siebie obsadził w roli kontrabasisty i lidera kwartetu. I chociaż wszyscy ci muzycy znają się świetnie, chociaż koncertowali ze sobą w różnych zestawieniach wielokrotnie (i świetnie się dzięki temu rozumieją), nie mogę się oprzeć wrażeniu, że efekt spotkania pod dyrekcją Ajemiana także dla nich samych może być zaskakujący.

Jason Ajemian podchodzi dosyć lekko do muzyki - takie miałem wrażenie po pierwszym bezpośrednim z nim kontakcie. Zupełnie zmieniłem zdanie, gdy pierwszy raz usłyszałem go na żywo. To muzyk podchodzący do tego co robi z wielką powagą, ale umiejący spojrzeć na to w nieszablonowy, ożywczy sposób. Tak jest gdy wspólnie z bratem nagrywał kompozycje od końca - wydawałoby się, że wyjdzie z tego pastisz. Dźwiękowy happening w najlepszym razie, coś na kształt muzyki nowojorskiego downtownu. Nic bardziej mylnego - to kawał poważnego grania, jednak okraszonego tak charakterystycznym dla Ajemiana i chicagowskich jazzmanów młodego pokolenia ciepłem, ale i trochę nostalgią za jazzem minionych lat. I takie jest też to nagranie - otwarte pod względem brzmieniowym i pełne emocjonalnego nasycenia. I odwołujące się do klasycznego jazzu w różnych elementach. Starannie unikające jakichkolwiek schematów. I przesycone nostalgią, ciepłem, ale i energią. Polecam bardzo gorąco!"
autor: Józefv Paprocki


freejazzblog.org:
"The album is actually an LP, released in 400 copies, offering us nine compositions by bassist Jason Ajemian, in the great company of Tony Malaby on tenor, Rob Mazurek on cornet and Chad Taylor on drums, actually the same line-up as the five-star "Protest Heaven", except that Jeff Parker's guitar is no longer part of the band.

The music is again a wonderful mix of composed pieces and free improvisation, of pieces that swing and bop like hell, as "All Nights", or even bluesy pieces like ""Yes, We Know", or compositions such as "That When You Come, We Die", which starts as free improvisation, creating an eery atmosphere and evolving into a beautiful theme, or the crazy opening duet between Mazurek and Malaby, cut short by Ajemian (?), to bring them back to order, and introducing with his bass the almost 'stendhal syndrome' enducing theme of "Living The Sky", a slow and sweeping sound that is as sad as it is compelling.

But then next to that there is the sheer musicianship, the quality of four masters dialoguing intensely, creatively, each with their own signature sound, recognisable from afar, yet matching the overall sonic setting perfectly.

It is fun, it is moving, it is desorienting, it is authentic and deep, and such a joy to listen to. What more can I say?"
autor: Stef

All About Jazz; ocena: * * * * *:
While the talented cast dazzles, what comes across most strongly on this 42-minute LP is the controlling mind of bassist Jason Ajemian. Part of the fertile underground scene in Chicago, Ajemian has featured with Ken Vandermark and Matt Bauder, as well as cornetist Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra. But none of that really prepares one for the strength of this quartet date. The spirited interaction he draws from a front line of Mazurek and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby is one of the main pluses on this excellent set, effortlessly underpinned by drummer Chad Taylor who covers all bases between texture and time.

In fact there is an extraordinary degree of tandem playing by the two horns, whether in rowdy counterpoint or rollercoaster unisons which slowly break into simultaneous soloing. "White Light" establishes that template right from the git go with just over a minute of continuous bickering interchange. Such heady discourse, supplemented by bass and drums which are largely free, ensures an intricate four way conversation. Even when they move into open form, there is still composerly intent in terms of how the leader deploys his resources. Ajemian evokes a variety of moods from bewildering to melancholy but with bass or drums often in opposing camps which creates an undercurrent of tension and uncertainty.

Although Ajemian anchors proceedings in a stately fashion, his solo on the mournful "Living The Sky" recalls Charlie Haden in that every note arrives imbued with gravitas by dint of its careful placement and the silence surrounding it. Arco, he becomes even more expressive switching between pure tones and abrasive scrapes. Malaby's brawny broad brush tenor continually threatens to veer into distortion and controlled overblowing, as he does on "In The Imaginarium," while Mazurek splutters legato streams, sliding from one pitch to the next in a manner suggestive of the late Roy Campbell, before culminating in declamatory flutters, on the same track.

"Yes We Know" proves a reflective but slightly astringent ballad in which the horns alternate. Both the leader and the cornetist also unleash electronic effects, largely subtle echoplexed shimmers which increase the ambiguity, as on the elegiac finale "That When You Come, We Die," to complete a great album with a distinctive sound. One can wonder why such powerful music has taken so long to surface, having been recorded back in December 2006, but let's just be glad it has.
By JOHN SHARPE

gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot.com, friday, july 25, 2014:
You take a lineup of Jason Ajemian, bass, Tony Malaby, saxes, Rob Mazurek, trumpet, and Chad Taylor, drums, and if you know these players your expectations are high. And they make a limited edition LP vinyl album, 400 copies. They call it A Way A Land of Life (Nobusiness LP74).
And not surprisingly, the album comes through. Nobody on these sides is playing tiddlywinks. They are serious and inspired. There are good compositional elements, by Jason, and the playing is first-rate free jazz.

The front line includes bass at times, there is some good solo bass work too, and when the drums are going at it Chad has front-line presence. It's a four-way conversation broken up in segments but always absorbing your attention.

Each player has a personality that puts him in a zone--but you know that if you know the players. I guess this is Jason Ajemian's date officially. And more power to him for it, because the four dedicate themselves with no reservations to the music and it all reflects well on Ajemian's leadership and musicianship.

This is good, hard-hitting freedom music! Recommended.
by grego applegate edwards

muzycy:
Jason Ajemian: bass, electronics
Tony Malaby: tenor saxophone
Rob Mazurek: cornet, electronics
Chad Taylor: drums

utwory:
Side A:
1. White Light
2. Living The Sky
3. All Ups
4. All Nights
5. In The Imaginarium

Side B:
1. With A Mythador
2. Occasionally
3. Yes, We Know
4. That When You Come, We Die

wydano: 2014
nagrano: Recorded at James Bond's Loft, Chicago by Noritaka Tanaka , Dec. 21st 2006
more info: www.nobusinessrecords.com

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