US sax player Stanley J. Zappa and Finnish drummer Simo Laihonen come together on the new album "Muster Point" on We Jazz Records, August 7. The two students of Milford Graves add bassist Ville Rauhala on a couple of tracks to make a bold and adventurous album captured both live and in the studio while Zappa was touring in Finland with the Black Motor musicians. This is a set full of fire and thunder, but also features some more meditative spiritual jazz.
"Muster Point" consists of short trio bursts ("Muster Point I-IV"), deep duo cuts such as "Pleasant Avenue" and the inspired material linking the stylistic bookends. The music herein comes from the long standing tradition of independent improvised jazz music, and moves forward in the now, relying in the natural communication and the chemistry between the musicians. At its core, the album is a testament to the importance personal connections between like-minded creative musicians in creating something new.
Stanley J. Zappa, originally from New Jersey, now based in Oliver, BC (Canada) is a highly expressive musician whose career has so far progressed largely under the radar. Part of the lineage of a musical family (his uncle Frank should need no introduction), Zappa's story is that of a true craftsman, now coming into fruition with a like-minded collaborator, Simo Laihonen. Laihonen is best known from his long-standing trio formation Black Motor, also featuring bassist Ville Rauhala featured on the trio tracks on this recording.
Muster Point plays hard and footloose with freeform jazz; dipping into the spiritual and rapidly evoking hard bop dashes. Yet again its another fruitful experiment and performance from the We Jazz label. - Dominic ValvonaMonolith Cocktail
Definitely on that exploratory We Jazz tip. - Alex RuderKEXP
Amazing stuff out of the We Jazz camp yet again. - Kerem GokmenDubmission / WYEP Pittsburgh
Deep deep jazz. - DJ OsricRTR FM
Deep & essential listening! - Jay ScarlettSounds supreme
Another great release from my favorite Finnish label. - Ilya RasskazovHeadz.FM / Mixmag Russia
Deep, spiritual vibes, NICE! - Jeff Danielswww.1btn.fm
We Jazz on point again with this blinding new album from Stanley J. Zappa, a real delight to my ears. - Alan O' MalleyShoreditch Radio
Outstanding music - Jon WesleyKNSJ Radio 89.1FM San Diego
A different sound from the We Jazz label, but I really like it. Has much of the spirit of the early 60s avant garde movement. - Christopher GalvanNu Standards on KRTU 91.7FM
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