Astral Plane Crash BPA 018
Musicians: Vinny Golia - kawala (Egyptian flute) sopranino, soprano, baritone saxophones, saxello, Bb clarinet, piccolo
Henry Kaiser - guitar
Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - drums, percussion
Damon Smith - amplified double bass
Weasel Walter - drums, percussion
Reviewed by Avant Scena, https://avantscena.wordpress.com
“Astral Plane Crash” is the newest album of “Balance Point Acoustics” – it will be released on August, 1. Album was recorded by group of talented, famous and creative jazz masters – Vinny Golia ( kawala (Egyptian flute) sopranino, soprano, baritone saxophones, saxello, Bb clarinet, piccolo), Henry Kaiser (guitar), Ra-Kalam Bob Moses (drums, percussion), Damon Smith (amplified double bass) and Weasel Walter (drums, percussion). All musicians have original and interesting improvising style, which is based on expressive, vivid and vivacious playing manner. Musicians have much experience in experimenting in all sections of musical language. They are always concentrating on huge variety of colorful and extended expressions, playing techniques, different forms, unusual sounds and extraction of strange timbres. Music is filled with dynamic, energetic, live and variable sound – all kinds of different playing techniques, fascinating musical experiments and extraordinary ways of playing are gently connected together. Bright, moody, energetic and vibrant collective improvisations by this ensemble have remarkable and interesting sound.
“Astral Plane Crash” is based on avant-garde jazz, experimental music and the basics of free improvisation. It also has many relations with modern jazz styles, such as bebop, neobop, progressive jazz, post bop and many others. The intonations of rock and avant-rock styles also are heard very much, especially in guitar section. Musicians are making interesting musical decisions and using inventive ways of playing. That’s why this music is so active, has engaging, charming and original sound. The contrasts between various music styles are used very frequently and effectively – musicians are putting together absolutely different music styles, moods and characters which are the opposites to each other. The music is based on sudden changes, rigorous blow outs, energetic, frantic and roaring bursts of energy, vivacious solos, gentle, length and free solos, expressive and bright melodies or silent and peaceful episodes. These elements are just the part of the compositions. The main part of the album has expressive and active mood. Vinny Golia reeds solos are especially bright and touching. This music is filled with rapid and frantic solos, gorgeous musical experiments, inventive and astonishing sound experiments and ways of playing and charming solos. Improviser masterfully switches between different moods and styles – he puts together energetic ad spontaneous solos, bright and vivacious melodies, sharp atonal harmony and soft consonances, free improvisation and many other things. His music has marvelous and remarkable sound. It makes an effort to sound of whole album. Guitar melodies by Henry Kaiser is based on organic synthesis between experimental music, rock avant rock and avantžgarde jazz. Energetic and vibrant solos are filled with hard and monotonic rhythmic, solid beat, sparkling riffs and many other things. Musician is experimenting in all ways of musical language. He tries out new and original ways of playing and fuses them with tradtional ones. Damon Smith solo improvisation are used here very rarely. His music is subtly – it doesn’t have remarkable melodies and inventive sound. By using dozens of different playing techniques, musician improvises and creates bright, new and fresh sound. Ra-Kalam Bob Moses and Weasel Walter drums sections are different from each other. All kinds of dfferent rhythms, sounds and expressions are used here to create interesting and create sound. Roaring and turbulent bright sounds, original and inventive musical decision, soft anf gentle pizzicato, vivacious melodies, dynamic stylistic surprises and other unpredictable things of musical language. The music of this albun was recorded by inventive, talente and extraordinary improvising by five musicians, which are the masters of improvising. That najes an etatic, engaging, fresh and new sound.