Lubos Soukup & Points Septet, the third album of the Czech band Points, presents a collage of 12 truly unique compositions, that represent the European contemporary jazz music and free improvisation. All compositions are written by saxophonist and clarinettist Lubos Soukup who tailored the music to the band members. He has managed to magnificently elevate their individual personalities through his work. The result is a fresh, creative and playful universe of sounds.
All 12 pieces featured on the album are written by Soukup. The music is tailored to the aforementioned musicians who have worked closely together on various projects during the last years and so have a keen understanding of each other’s individual style. Taking a closer look at the compositions, one can divide them in two different groups according to their concept. The first group contains more conventional compositions, which crosses borders between
jazz, classical music and exotic folk music.
The track called Gruzie, which translates to “Georgia”, is a piece inspired by traditional Transcaucasian music, while Jesterka, which translates to “Lizard”, is a piece in which Soukup makes a reference to the original roots of jazz i.e. African music. Choral is an ambient composition reflecting European church music, WTF is a vivid number based on a catchy groove, and finally Alegría is inspired by South American melodies and it is dedicated to one of the Soukup’s favourite musicians, Wayne Shorter. The second group is a collection of music sketches with an open concept and elements of free improvisation and no harmonic form. Starting with letters VZ, they represent an infinite universe of sounds (Vesmir zvuku) that can be accessed only through the absolute connection and openness of the magnificent seven who are courageous enough to immerse deeply into themselves and explore unknown areas in the musical cosmos.
“I aimed for fresh and creative music. The band name (Points) symbolizes us, the band members. Each of the musicians is a separate point on the scene. These points come together and create certain energy that works well together. To cumulate this kind of creative energy and to deepen our connection during the performance, we stand in a semicircle, which is not common for a jazz ensemble,” explains Soukup.
Artist Lubos Soukup & Points Septet
Title Lubos Soukup & Points Septet
Catalogue Number ANI 051-2
Label Animal Music
Style File Under Jazz
Country of Origin Czech Republic
Release Date Oct 30th 2015
Recorded by Milan Cimfe (Sono Records,Nouzov)
Mixed by August Wanngren (We Know Music Studios, Islands Brygge, Copenhagen)
Mastered by Pavel Karlik (Sono Records,Nouzov)
Oskar Torok . trumpet & flugelhorn
Petr Kalfus . soprano & alto saxophones
Lubos Soukup . tenor saxophone & clarinet
Marcel Barta . bass clarinet & tenor saxophone
Jan Jirucha . trombone
Jaromir Honzak . acoustic bass
Tomas Hobzek . drums
1. Black Monolith
2. Ještěrka (Lizard)
3. VZ 1
4. VZ 4: Interlude
5. Léto 1985 (Summer 1985)
6. Gruzie (Georgia)
8. VZ 6
10. VZ 3
12. Choral (Chorale)
Total time: 54:45
All compositions by Lubos Soukup
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