“Octagon” was released in October, 2017 by “Leo Records”. Album was recorded by four avant-garde jazz masters – Ivo Perelman (tenor saxophone), Nate Wooley (trumpet), Brandon Lopez (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). Interesting and modern improvising, unique Playing manner, collaborations and improvisations with various famous avant-garde jazz musicians are the main elements of these improvisers musical career. Because of innovative, impressive, especially expressive playing style these musicians became famous and active members of avant-garde jazz scene. Their improvisations are always full of creative and innovative experiments, strange, new and unusual timbres, emotional, free and spontaneous solos and other elements. All these things are masterfully combined together and create bright, intensive and interesting musical language. Collective improvisations of this quartet are based on effective and organic synthesis between absolutely different melodies, playing styles, moods and characters.
Album compositions are formed by synthesis of various experimental and modern jazz styles. Extremely loud and sharp solos, furious and wild fast blow outs bring the basic elements of avant-garde jazz, and dynamic and active rhythms have many intonations and similar sounds with bebop, post-bop, hard bop and other modern jazz styles. Four musicians improvisations are based on individual melodies, unique sound, bright and modern playing manner and high variety of innovative playing methods. Saxophonist Ivo Perelman improvisations are bright and intensive. Improviser shows his the best and interesting improvising which consists of many different music elements – sharp, aggressive and expressive solos, powerful, vibrant and energetic blow outs, wide range of playing styles, manners and moods Saxophonist playing style is very emotional, passionate and bright. Glissando, very speedy and furious arpeggios, staccato, strong and loud blow outs and fascinating riffs are mixed with innovative ways of playing. Nate Wooley trumpet improvisations also are very bright and expressive. He also try out many different playing techniques, innovative ways and methods of playing, tries to extract wide range of different and unusual sounds. The musical language of his improvisations has bright, intensive, striking and evocative sound. Saxophone and trumpet form strong and effective melodic pattern, brings energetic, active and interesting sound. Very bright, passionate, sharp, aggressive and provocative duos of saxophone and trumpet make an effort for whole sound. Brandon Lopez bass improvisations have vibrant and subtle sound. Silent and soft episodes sudden grow to emotional, impressive, dramatic and vivacious improvisations, which gently fit together with reeds and drums. Arpeggios, masterful glissando, pizzicato, agitato, portato, monotonous, extremely rapid and repetitive melodic or rhythmic elements create touching, emotional and passionate sound. Powerful and loud drum tremolos, active, repetitive, monotonous and striking solos, gorgeous and unusual sounds of percussion – all these and other rhythmic elements are masterfully mixed together by drummer and percussionist Gerald Cleaver. He also form solid, strong and independent rhythmic section which is effectively illustrated by percussion sounds. All improvisers are playing differently – individual musical language, different playing styles, original and inventive musical decisions gently and masterfully get together in one place.