Sunday, December 18, 2016

JKA Quintet - from the nocturnal Chironian (LongLife Records 2016)

JKA Quintet - from the nocturnal Chironian

A dark, romantic, poetic and picturesque musical portrait of the greek mythological character, Chiron the Centaur Chief.

An intuitive mix of inspiration from the american jazztradition and western european classical music. Sounds something like Charlie Mingus meets Bela Bartok - melodies weaving together is often the main paragraph and the harmonic foundation is sometimes clouded in a dark and dissonant universe, reflecting Chiron’s wounds and inner conflicts. Tonal motives follow Chiron and other characters acting their part in the story and the music – they adapt and change.

Chiron learned to play the lyre by his foster father Apollo and the harmonic, lyrical, poetic/romantic has its place too reflected in Chiron’s love for the river-goddess Chariklo, their daughter Euippe, and Chiron’s insistence on kindness and universal serving love. The music is a sort of 64 mins long chronological suite and every piece has its own strong personal expression. Though some parts are more through-composed than others, there’s always passages for improvisations as an asset for the personal creative unfoldments of the 5 exciting musicians.

Besides being a study of the greek myth, it's also about the philosophy of Plato and Arisotele and the archetypical meaning of the myth in psychology og astrology. Presented in a comprehensive CD-booklet and a double LP-cover, beautifully illustrated with works by danish painter Rithva Landler.

Erik Kimestad – trumpet
Anders Banke – bass clarinet / tenor sax
Soma Allpass – cello
Thomas Præstegaard – drums and cymbals