Bobby Kapp | Themes 4 Transmutation

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Themes 4 Transmutation

by Bobby Kapp

themes of a successful life transmutation
Genre: Avant Garde: Free Improvisation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Adventure Into Learning
10:58 $0.99
2. Excitement Into Inspiration
15:19 $0.99
3. Mystery Into Awe
17:39 $0.99
4. Romance Into Love
13:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
This music was done in one take improvised by Masters
Matthew Shipp Piano
Tyler Mitchell Bass
Ras Moshe Tenor/Sporano Sax/Flute



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Matthew Fores

Themes 4 a Transmutation
A master of free improvisation and avant-garde arrangements, Bobby Kapp breaks the conventional mold of instrumental music and serves up a wild mix of jazzy tones, free-range undertones, and a host of likable licks on a new four-track release. The four tunes are all instrumental and each range from eleven to eighteen minutes in length. Free jazz fans will appreciate the playful repertoire, neo-classical piano renderings, and edgy upright bass with punchy flute and sax with Matthew Shipp, Tyler Mitchell, Ras Moshe, and Bobby Kapp leading the charge.

“Adventure Into Learning” begins with a clash of cymbals, punchy piano notes, and fluid sax sounds amidst a percussive medley that is rather laidback and jazzy. The free-form jazz elements are playful and heady, but not overly so. The random swishes and twinkling piano sounds suggests a fairly rich display of musicianship. The collective sound is not too disjunctive overall. The rich sax display is aggressive in parts, but it carefully matches the energy of the rest of the instruments. There are quieter, more contemplative moments that follow the excitable parts. The song is entirely instrumental, but vocals here would probably ruin it.

“Excitement Into Inspiration” opens with a frenzied piano, bass, and drum set with punchy sax composed in a medley fashion with tons of energy and up-tempo grooves. The sax is the real winner early on, as its fast and emotive sounds seemingly drown out the other instruments. There is a short break with no sax accompaniment near the end of the song where the drums, cymbals, and hi-hats lead the musical melee. The punchy piano notes are not too far behind, as well. However, the sax returns by the end of the song for another acrobatic display of lung-power, while the jazzy percussion adds an element of classicism.

“Mystery Into Awe” begins with a jaunty, jazz club-like bass, drum, and piano medley that brings in a sax for a few moments. The frenzied piano and light percussion taps and swishes display a more adventurous lean to the overall sound. Still, this is where Bobby shines with a moving soundtrack of jazzy beauty and improvisational superiority. The song ebbs and flows with edgy exuberance and ends with a calm, laid-back approach that adds a high level of musical satisfaction for the listener without compromising quality.

“Romance Into Love” opens with a clash of cymbals and a few other percussive sounds and noises with a sweeping piano melody and tinny bell-like sounds. The cymbals add an atmospheric element reminiscent of washes. The bell-like sounds are crystalline and metallic overall, which suggests a Tibetan or Buddhist ritual. Moreover, a flute adds a South Asian feel to the music. The haunting upright bass adds more complexity. The multi-genre song mixes jazz, world fusion, neo-classical, and improvisational elements that drift off into more of a meditative result later on.

Bobby Kapp’s new album, Themes 4 Transmutation, is an instrumental beauty worthy of repeated listens. The relatively few instruments on the album make for an interesting result, which traverses multiple genres, feelings, and emotions. The diverse sounds are ideal examples of free jazz, improvisation, avant-garde, and easy listening. The punchy flute and sax sounds add a lighter element to the heavier percussion, bass, and piano compositions. At any rate, fans of experimental, instrumental, and music with a jazzier backbone would find Bobby Kapp’s music very enthralling. Overall, the music is very transformative, playful, and evocative without compromising musicianship. Even score or soundtrack fans will appreciate it!

Artist: Bobby Kapp
Album: Themes 4 Transmutation
Review by Matthew Forss
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)

Ron Pelletier / Jazz from Gallery 41

Themes 4 Transmutation - A Unique And Genuinely Creative Recording From Drummer
Some time in early 2014 drummer Bobby Kapp was visiting the SF Bay Area, and came by my studio to record an interview for broadcast. There were several things going on that he was truly excited to share. Most importantly, was that he had a dream to make 2 new recordings by the end of the year. In the 1960's Bobby was a seminal figure in the so-called new music movement in NYC, recording with Gato Barbieri, Archie Shepp, Noah Howard and others. Part 1 of his dream was to return to NYC and record with the other heavyweights on this cd...pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Tyler Mitchell, and Ras Moshe on saxophones & flute. He'd already worked out in his head and his heart the ebb and flow of the 4 part suite "Themes 4 Transmutation". Once he returned to his current home in San Miguel de Allende, he began putting plans in motion. The studios were booked, the musicians committed to the date, and when they ultimately assembled this one night in New York City they all put their heart and soul into creating the remarkable music on this cd. The communication and the synergy between the four musicians appears to have been intense and magical. Gentle, powerful, sweet, tender, genuinely's all expressed here in the 4 movements of this suite. The second part of that dream of Bobby's was to travel to Cuba to make a recording with a group of master musicians. He made that trip as well, and the recording that was made on that trip should be released soon as well. Thanks to Bobby Kapp for showing dreams can come to pass.
- Ron Pelletier / Jazz from Gallery 41