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Save Your Breath


  • Kod: CF322
  • Producent: Clean Feed (POR)
  • Kod producenta: 5609063003222
  • Wykonawca: Kris Davis Infrasound [Ben Goldberg / Oscar Noriega / Joachim Badenhorst / Andrew Bishop / Nate Radley / Gary Versace / Jim Black / Kris Davis]
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Cena: 59,90 zł
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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
premiera polska:
2015-06-03
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
opakowanie: kartonowe etui
opis:

multikultiproject.blogspot.com; 2015-06:
"Kanadyjka Kris Davis zaczyna robić furorę w świecie kreatywnego jazzu. I to nie tylko jako pianistka, ale i kompozytorka. Znakomicie przyjęto jej ubiegłoroczne nagrania w trio z Johnem Hebertem i Tomem Raineyem a teraz oto dostajemy do rąk jej najnowszy album, zrealizowany w dużym, oktetowym składzie "Save Your Breath".

Niezwykły i znakomity to skład - aż czterech wybitnych klarnecistów: Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Joachim Badenhorst oraz Andrew Bishop, znajduje tu uzupełnienie w postaci gitary (Nate Radley), organów (Gary Versace), bębnów (Jim Black) oraz fortepianu (sama Kris Davis). Funkcje poszczególnych instrumentów - może poza perkusją, jednak konsekwentnie obsadzaną w roli rytmicznej - są niesłychanie płynne. Czasami gęsto robi się od klarnetowej faktury brzmieniowej, czasami któryś z dęciaków dubluje z gitarą linię melodyczną. Ale podobnie mogą czynić organy, gdy klarneciści grają właściwa harmonię. Dosyć oszczędna jest funkcja fortepianu, najczęściej jest przeciwstawiony instrumentom dętych, kontrapunktuje je lub też im akompaniuje. Czasami jak w „Union Forever” zestawiony jest z gitarą, ale zdarzają się też połączenia z organami.

Muzyka ma niesłychanie skomplikowaną strukturę - przejścia i podziały poszczególnych kompozycji są bardzo różnorodne, a poszczególne ich części zdecydowanie różnią się od siebie. Niektóre czerpią inspirację z muzyki popularnej, inne z elektroniki. Czasami się mocniej odwołuje się do jazzowej tradycji, czasami jej muzyka ucieka gdzieś w trzecionurtowe zawiłości. Ale całe nagranie zbudowane na nastrojach i emocjach, a nie na indywidualnej instrumentalnej wirtuozerii. Indywidualne partie podporządkowane są brzmieniu zespołu, a to ostatnie ma odwoływać się do emocji.

Octet, jako zespół spełnia się w tym zadaniu znakomicie. I tak tez brzmi. Jest to na pewno zasługa liderki i kompozytorki ale także perkusisty Jima Blacka. To, że konsekwentnie pełni on funkcje rytmiczne nie jest dziełem przypadku. Bo strukturę trzeba na czymś oprzeć - jeżeli nie ma ścisłego podziału na harmonie i solistów, jeżeli wszystko wzajemnie się przeplata, to muzyka zaczyna się rozpadać. To właśnie dzięki grze perkusisty ma ona tak zwarty, czytelny i klarowny charakter. Nie znaczy to jednak, że nie ma on partii solowych - zdarza się, że jest wysunięty na plan pierwszy i może dać popis ukazując pełnię swoich umiejętności.

"Save Yopur Breath" to cudowna, różnorodna płyta, której kolejne przesłuchania są fascynującą przygodą. A gdy poczyta się trochę uwag Kris Davis o jej muzyce i tym nagraniu - przygoda przestaje być tylko emocjonalną, ale nabiera także intelektualnego charakteru. Ile można odkryć w tej muzyce... Polecam bardzo!"
autor: Józef Paprocki


Editor’s info:
Infrasound – “a living, breathing animal” – features Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Andrew Bishop & Joachim Badenhorst on bass clarinets, plus a rhythm section of Davis, Nate Radley, Gary Versace & Jim Black "Over the past couple of years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down pianist Kris Davis." — The New York Times

The latest album by pianist-composer Kris Davis – one of the most progressive, prolific figures on New York City’s creative jazz scene – is a showcase for her new octet Infrasound and its mix of jazz intricacy and rock impact. To be released on May 7, 2015, via Clean Feed, Save Your Breath is the sound of “a living, breathing wild animal,” as the composer says. She unveiled Infrasound in a concert at Brooklyn’s Roulette last year, with the music described as “delicious… smoky mystery” by New York City Jazz Record. The unique instrumentation of the group led to its name, with Infrasound being the term for a low-frequency tone that’s felt as much as heard. The virtuoso Infrasound band features four bass clarinetists – Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Andrew Bishop and Joachim Badenhorst – plus guitarist Nate Radley, accordionist/organist Gary Versace and drummer Jim Black, with the composer on piano. Davis created the music of Infrasound on a commission from The Shifting Foundation, which has previously awarded grants to the likes of John Zorn, Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Zeena Parkins.

Recorded for maximum impact by rock engineer Ron Saint Germain – veteran of albums by Bad Brains, Sonic Youth and Living Color – Save Your Breath presents six Davis compositions. The album opener is an expanded arrangement of “Union Forever,” a hypnotic, hook-filled piece originally recorded as the title track of the 2013 disc Union by Paradoxical Frog (the composer’s popular trio with Ingrid Laubrock and Tyshawn Sorey). Another album highlight is “Whirly Swirly,” with its stomping, circus-elephant groove and wailing solo by Joachim Badenhorst; the tune was first recorded on Waiting for You to Grow, Davis’s 2014 trio album with bassist John Hébert and drummer Tom Rainey. Save Your Breath also features plenty of ambient atmospherics and ensemble improvisation in new pieces “Jumping Over Your Shadow,” “Always Leave Them (Wanting More),” “The Ghost of Your Previous Fuckup” and the title song, with the album’s mix of various winds including not only bass clarinet and clarinet but also contra-alto clarinet and contra-bass clarinet for extra depth.

About Infrasound and the music of Save Your Breath, Davis says: “In writing these pieces, I was inspired by the individual musicians I chose for this group and the sound of the bands they play in – for instance, the earthy, energized Endangered Blood with Oscar and Jim and the snaky improvisation of Bad Touch with Nate and Gary. And by using the four bass clarinets and organ, I aimed for Infrasound to explore the low end of the spectrum, creating a living, breathing wild animal.”

As for the sonic force of Save Your Breath, Davis says: “I’m thrilled with the sound of this record. The band had two days in the studio with engineering icon Ron Saint Germain, and he spent a full week mixing it with our producer, David Breskin. You can hear the love and attention to detail that went into the production: The warmth of sound, the low-frequency boost, the unique imaging. Ron approached the recording from a rock angle, which helped lend it a hard-hitting energy very different from my other albums.” Davis’s previous experience with large-ensemble writing includes her extraordinary arrangements for saxophonist-composer Tony Malaby’s nonet project Novela, with the album Novela released by Clean Feed in 2011 and appearing on Best of the Year lists in DownBeat and JazzTimes. In its review of the Novela album, New York City Jazz Record said: “Davis emerges as an orchestrator of tremendous creativity, amplifying the harmonic nuances of Malaby's pieces, enriching their textures at every turn and multiplying their rhythmic possibilities.” In the studio for Save Your Breath, following the powerful experience of the Roulette concert, Ben Goldberg – a veteran composer and bandleader in his own right – marveled at Davis’s accomplishment, saying: “Right away, I knew she was onto something really fantastic. As soon as we started rehearsing, I was like, ‘This is a sound.’ It’s such an unusual orchestration with the four bass clarinets. Then the entire concert was, to me, absolutely magical from beginning to end, first note to last. I told Kris afterwards: ‘This is my favorite band in the whole world’.”

Discussing Davis’s method, Goldberg adds: “If you talk to modern composers, a lot of them are reflecting on the goal of incorporating both composed passages and improvisation in their music,” Goldberg adds. “I’d say that this music by Kris is a brilliant example of what can be achieved in that regard. There is just enough meticulously composed material that’s all worked out with the counterpoint and the harmonies, and she uses this to anchor thepiece at strategic locations. Then there are other parts that are improvised, but the improvisation is informed by the composed passages around it. So everyone can honestly and sincerely present what they are feeling at the moment, and it works in the context of the larger composition.”

About the mix of composition and improvisation in her work, Davis says: “I like to leave space for players to put their own personalities into the music. Where the guys in Infrasound took this music, the virtuosity and energy
they brought to it – it was really exciting to hear and feel.”
Kris Davis


Prior to Save Your Breath, the 35-year-old Davis – an artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes – released Waiting for You to Grow (Clean Feed, 2014), the second album by her great trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Tom Rainey. That music was the product of a commissioning residency from New York’s Jazz Gallery. In its review of the trio, UK’s Jazzwise magazine said: “While the oblique character of some of her songs may prompt the tag of avant-garde, Davis’s idiomatic range is too wide for that; in this respect, she joins a group of stellar pianists – Craig Taborn, Russ Lossing, Benoit Delbecq – for whom the key creative ethos is ‘traditions,’ not tradition.”

The Calgary-born, Brooklyn-residing Davis released two albums under her name in 2013: the solo disc Massive Threads (Thirsty Ear) and the quintet set Capricorn Climber (Clean Feed), which found Davis alongside saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, violist Mat Maneri, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Tom Rainey. The New York Times praised Capricorn Climber for being “an engrossing lesson in ensemble flux, carried out with finesse,” adding that Davis is “wizardly with tension.” The pianist also featured on the eponymous album by the kindred-spirit collective LARK (with Laubrock, Rainey and trumpeter Ralph Alessi) and on bassist Eric Revis’s trio album City of Asylum with drum sage Andrew Cyrille.

Davis made her debut on record as a leader with Lifespan (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2003), followed by three progressively inventive and acclaimed albums for the Fresh Sound label: the quartet discs The Slightest Shift (2006) and Rye Eclipse (2008) and trio set Good Citizen (2010). The Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions. Davis’s first solo piano album, Aeriol Piano (Clean Feed, 2011), appeared on Best of the Year lists in The New York Times, JazzTimes and Art Forum. Paradoxical Frog, Davis’s collaborative trio with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, has released two albums. Their eponymous 2011 disc on Clean Feed was included on Best of the Year lists by National Public Radio, The New York Times and All About Jazz. In 2012, Paradoxical Frog followed with a second Clean Feed album, Union, which the BBC praised for “making all the right moves and then some.”

In addition to her work as a leader, Davis has performed with such top figures as Paul Motian, Tim Berne, Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck, Kermit Driscoll, Michael Formanek and Mary Halvorson. Davis started playing piano at age 6, studying classical music through the Royal Conservatory in Canada and formulating her desire for a life in music by playing in the school jazz band at age 12. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano from the University of Toronto. The pianist received a Canada Council grant for relocating to New York to study composition with Jim McNeely, then another for studying extended piano techniques with Benoit Delbecq in Paris. She holds a master’s in Classical Composition from the City College of New York, and she teaches at the School for Improvised Music.

Long favored by her peers and jazz fans in the know, Davis has earned high praise from no less than star pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant honoree Jason Moran, who included her in his Best of 2012 piece in Art Forum, writing: “A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Kris Davis lives in each note that she plays. Her range is impeccable; she tackles prepared piano, minimalism and jazz standards, all under one umbrella. I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor and a welcome addition to the fold.”

muzycy:
Ben Goldberg: bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet, clarinet
Oscar Noriega: bass clarinet, clarinet
Joachim Badenhorst bass clarinet, clarinet
Andrew Bishop: contrabass clarinet, clarinet
Nate Radley: guitar
Gary Versace: organ
Jim Black: drums
Kris Davis: piano

utwory:
1. Union Forever 9:27
2. Jumping Over Your Shadow 10:37
3. Always Leave Them (Wanting More) 10:01
4. Whirly Swirly 11:53
5. The Ghost Of Your Previous Fuckup 9:41
6. Save Your Breath 14:50

wydano: 2015-05-19
nagrano: Recorded on January 7th and 8th, 2014 at Sear Sound, New York City by Ron Saint Germain assisted by Chris Allen

more info: www.cleanfeed-records.com

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