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Further Explorations

by Alchemy Sound Project

This colorful, innovative sound evokes jazz with modern classical aspects. The music of these five composers can be thoughtful, atmospheric, meditative, soulful, progressive, bold, experimental.
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Charcoal, Clear, Beautiful All Over
5:57 $0.99
2. Further Explorations
8:38 $0.99
3. Alchemical
4:55 $0.99
4. Waiting
8:49 $0.99
5. Beta
5:39 $0.99
6. Her Name Is Love
5:24 $0.99
7. Archetype
7:39 $0.99
8. Divergency
5:49 $0.99
9. Joie de Vivre
5:58 $0.99
10. The Call
8:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Alchemy Sound Project's release Further Explorations presents innovative compositions and virtuoso performances by five jazz composer-performers, each a highly advanced improviser in their own right. The synergy of this collective, enhanced by two guest performers, produces music that is fascinating, raw and honest.

While the group’s configuration and roots serve as a continuation of the jazz tradition, the members also compose orchestral works, film scores, chamber music and solo pieces for various ensembles and projects across the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. Music education, support for the arts and expansion of cultural self-awareness and empowerment are important themes for this group.

Charcoal, Clear, Beautiful All Over - The title is a translation of the Japanese word "Sumi" and as such is a fitting tribute to A.S.P. pianist Sumi Tonooka, composed by A.S.P. reed and wind player Salim Washington. Colorful and moody, this piece is one of the most evocative on the album.

Further Explorations - Intended to connote a journey of discovery that parallels the creative act, this richly-hued piece by Erica Lindsay explores the balance and necessary tension between the unknown and the known that exist within the creative mind.

Alchemical - Seeking to reference classical counterpoint and a sense of grandeur, this composition by Samantha Boshnack opens with a horn fanfare and quickly moves into a heavy groove, prompting intense solos from Tonooka and Lindsay.

Waiting - An intimate, plaintive and highly emotional expression of personal struggle penned by Sumi Tonooka, this piece runs the gamut from modern chamber music to swinging jazz.

Beta - Erica Lindsay's second contribution to the album is groovy and angular. It carries the playful dodge-and-weave energy of the written lines into its solo sections.

Her Name Is Love - David Arend re-imagines elements from a solo piano piece by Czeck composer Leoš Janáček, contextualizing and re-harmonizing themes from that much earlier work, written here for jazz ensemble (minus piano).

Archetype - Referencing Jungian philosophical aspects of alchemy and archetype, this swinging piece by David Arend evokes the traditional jazz big band style.

Divergency - Samantha Boshnack sets up a tension between light and dark in this progressive composition, the title referring to a mashup of diversity and urgency. An introspective trumpet solo emerges from the interplay of melodies and rhythm in the theme.

Joie de Vivre - Sumi Tonooka's optimistic composition is a playful romp combining her love of Malian music and the contrapuntal approach of composers such as J.S. Bach.

The Call - Salim Washington wrote this piece in tribute to Solodeen Muhammad, one of the hipsters of his father's generation. It attempts to channel the energy that this streetwise, musically savvy father figure passed on to Salim.



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Juerg Sommer, Schweiz am Sonntag

Die musikalische Quadratur des Kreises
Versuche, symphonische Musik und Jazz zu verschmelzen, zeigten bislang durchwegs ernüchternde Resultate. Der in beiden Idiomen sattelfeste Komponist/Posaunist George Lewis nahm einen neuen Anlauf und initiierte das „Alchemy Sound Project“ mit Kompositionsaufträgen an 5 multistilistisch tätige Musiker, darunter die renommierte Saxophonistin Erica Lindsay, Pianistin Sumi Tonooka und Bassist David Arend. Auch wenn der „Stein des Weisen“ dabei noch nicht gefunden wurde, die Suche allein tönt überaus ermutigend.