Battle Pieces 4

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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: digipackowe etui

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"Battle Pieces" uses trumpeter Nate Wooley's "social music" system, where each piece is constructed for a soloist who improvises with no score while the remaining player choose at will from over 75 compositions over which the soloist must find their path, here at Roulette in NYC with Nate Wooley, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ingrid Laubrock, & Matt Moran.

"Battle Pieces sprouted from a 2014 commission for Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Music Festival. Given free reigh to work with new ideas, Wooley picked three improvisers who embodied grace and power within the jazz world, but also displayed a profound desire to question and to push their own abilities without fear: Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Sylvie Couvoisier on piano, and Matt Moran on vibraphone.

The music written for Battle Pieces was the first within a system Wooley calls "social music" (of which the new quartet knknighgh and the upcoming Deeply Discounted series are a continuance). Each piece is constructed for a single soloist, who improvises with no score. The remaining members of the group perform an ever changing kaleidoscope of short and long pieces without verbal recourse with each other or the soloist. The result is four improvisers constantly on the knife's edge and creating sometimes gorgeous and sometimes uncomfortable new pathways through music that is never the same twice. Different than freely improvising, this structure — now each player freely chooses from over 75 distinct compositions to combine with each other under the soloist — forces these great improvisers to confront new ways of making music away and expands their personal musical language.

After a group of concerts in Europe and the US, Battle Pieces has released Battle Pieces 4, their third (figure that) disc of new concepts. From a live concert at Brooklyn's Roulette Intermedium space, the group is shuffling new ideas in with some recognizable (barely) from the first two discs."
by Nate Wooley
“Battle Pieces 4” is a new release of “Relative Pitch Records”. An album was recorded by featured jazz masters – their music is bright, expressive and vital. Trumpeter Nate Wooley, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and vibraphone player Matt Moran are experimentating and creating new, exciting and thrilling sound. Constructing of new forms, inventions of extraordinary and innovative ways of improvising, integration of strange timbres, fascinating experiments, traditional and modern playing techniques are gently combined together. Innovative ideas, inventive point of view, impressive passages, masterful and exciting playing techniques, fantastic virtuosity effect an interesting and bright sound of their music. “Battle Pieces 4” has an exciting, driving and bright sound. The fundaments of avant-garde jazz, free improvisational music and innovative experimental jazz are used in each composition. It makes a stable stylistical base of the compositions and create a wide and original variety of styles, expressions, tunes and rhythms. Extravagant modern jazz full of hysteric riffs, expressive complicated rhythms, nervous rhythmic sessions and other typical elements related to bebop, post bop, hard bop and other modern jazz styles. A fantastic and remarkable melody line is created – it has driving, bright and passionate sound. Here wild culminations pass to relaxing pieces, dreamy lullabies, monotonic meditative samples or rise on adventurous riffs and sparkling solos. Bright energetic trumpet is the source of cracking, growling, thrilling and expressive melodies. Vitality, drive and passion are mixed up to elegant, flowing light passages, ornaments of all kinds and impressive remarkable melodies. Bursts of energy filled with furious blow outs, perturbations, wild culminations and frantic riffs also are frequently heard in these compositions. Vital, vivid and dynamic saxophone’s improvisations are played with passion and expression. Here roaring riffs, hysteric frantic solos illustrated by shrieky tunes, powerful sessions, furious perturbating blow outs and spills of energy are connected to transcendental passages, gorgeous ornaments and sonoristic experiments. Active mood, ambitious playing, monotonic sesions, driving melodies, frantic persecuting sequences and expressive melodies are the main elements of piano music. Its breaking sessions, thrilling riffs, powerful and extremely load culminations, bright passionate solos and fantastic melodies become the main accents of whole melody line. Ingrid Laubrock, Nate Wooley and Sylvie Courvoisier manage to create an astonishing, bright, dynamic and expressive sound. Their melody line is full of contrasts, moods changes, twisting turns, sparkles, exclaiming bursts of energy and independent melodies leading to expressive, suggestive and innovative sound. The musicians also create a wide and dynamic rhythmic section – it’s mostly kept by piano. Typical rhythms, frantic sequences, monotonous beats, simple and modern chords repeated silmunateously, steady beats or hysteric, frantic and aggressive rhythmic sessions are brought together to form a stable and independent rhythmic section gently illustrated by gentle, tiny, light, gorgeous and expressive tunes of vibraphones. Vibraphonist Matt Moran fuses together his own playing style, creativity, virtuosity and inventive decisions to make an inspiring and evocative sound.

Sylvie Courvoisier-piano
Ingrid Laubrock-saxophone
Nate Wooley-trumpet
Matt Moran-vibraphone

1. Battle Pieces 4 46:22

total time - 46:22
wydano: May 7, 2020
nagrano: Recorded live December 3rd 2018, at Roulette, New York, NY

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Relative Pitch (USA)
Nate Wooley with Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier & Matt Moran
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