“Hide Ye Idols” is a new Jazz album which was released on October 27 by “LL Records”. Album was recorded by a quartet – it’s Loren Stillman (tenor saxophone), Brandon Seabrook (guitar), Eivind Opsvik (bass) and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums and songs). Four young, talented and expressive jazz masters have innovative and extraordinary sound. Loren Stillman (1980) is an American composer and jazz saxophonist. He had played with John Abercrombie, Joe Lovano, Eivind Opsvik, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley and many others. Through years of musical career, he had formed and revealed his original and interesting playing style, spontaneous musical experiments and unusual sound. Brandon Seabrook (1984) is another one talented and young jazz guitarist from New York. He also had played with other various jazz masters and ensembles – Peter Evans, “Jessica Lurie Ensemble”, “Tomas Fujiwara Trio” and many others. Brandon Seabrook improvising style is based on avant-garde jazz and free musical experiments. He try to search new and unheard timbres, weird sounds and noises. Extraordinary sound, expressive and dynamic playing, the synthesis between modern and avant-garde jazz elements are the main elements of his improvisations. Eivind Opsvik (1973) is a Norwegian jazz scene bassist. His music is full of unpredictable musical decisions, extraordinary playing techniques and original musical language. Tony Malaby, Jacob Sacks, Jeff Davis, Craig Taborn, Loren Stillman – that’s just a part of jazz improvisers who had been improvising together with Eivind Opsvik. Since the beginning of his musical career, Eivind Opsvik became famous in Norwegian, Europe and America avant-garde jazz scene because of his original, extravagant and vital improvising. Vinnie Sperrazza (1979) is Brooklyn based jazz drummer and composer. Expressive, original, emotional and interesting playing made him famous in America jazz scene. He’s the member of various jazz ensembles, is collaborating with numerous different jazz artists.
Album compositions have a soft, interesting and dynamic sound. It has many elements of various jazz styles. The synthesis of bebop, post-bop, hard-bop, cool, avant-garde jazz, experimental music, some elements of contemporary and traditional jazz styles form the main part of this album compositions. Album compositions have interesting form, difficult structure, are based on polyphony and independent improvisations by each member of the quartet. Expressive, wild fast saxophone improvisations, soft and subtle bass, bright and energetic guitar and dynamic drums – all these elements are masterfully twisted together in one composition. Musical language is formed by numerous of different playing techniques, musical expressions and interesting harmony. Album compositions don’t have one main music style – it’s formed by various music styles and elements. Though sometimes it has a sound which is typical for modern, contemporary or traditional jazz, album compositions are highly effected by avant-garde and other experimental jazz styles. Musicians improvisations are usually based on free form, collective improvisations and adventurous musical experiments. High variety of different musical expressions, twisting of absolutely different music styles, wide range of unique and innovative playing techniques are the main elements which bring the sound of experimental jazz to these compositions. Musicians try out many different playing techniques – some of them are very well-known and ordinary. Traditional ways of playing such as powerful blow outs, intense and vibrant solos, wild fast arpeggios, sudden glissando and other elements are connected with original and innovative ways of playing. That helps musicians to expand the traditional sound and instruments technical abilities zone. Wide range of strange, unheard and weird timbres, separate noises and unusual melodic elements create an original and interesting musical pattern. All kinds of rhythmic are used in these compositions – monotonic and static turn out to dynamic and very fast or very soft and slow. The main sound of the album is contrasting and dynamic – soft, peaceful and restful episodes are connected with expressive, emotional, dramatic and outstanding collective improvisations. All ensemble members have original and unique improvising styles which elements are gently and masterfully twisted together in one composition. Expressive and outstanding improvising, inventive musical decisions and sudden stylistic turns create interesting and modern sound of this album.