A Night In Alchemia was recorded by Joe McPhee (trumpet and saxophones), John Edwards (double bass) and Klaus Kugel (drums). The improvisations of this trio always have exceptional sound and are filled with inventive, interesting, innovative and bright decisions. Eclectic ideas, organic stylistic allusions, sound experiments, moody and sudden changes, contrasting pieces, an influenze of various jazz styles and musicians unique sound – all these elements are gently combined together. The music is bright, luminous, sparkling and moving. It’s a nice and eclectic fusion of various jazz styles – avant-garde jazz, experimental jazz, free improvisation and sonoristic experiments contain the basic of it. The tunes related to bebop, post bop, hard bop, cool, fusion, mainstream, contemporary and modern jazz are used here and integrated to musical pattern. Musicians are fusing together different streams of avant-garde jazz – European, Scandinavian and American avant-garde jazz are gently brought together. That makes an effort to evocative, bright and luminous sound.
A Night In Alchemia is filled with interesting and organic sound. The improvisers are demonstrating their own playing techniques, whom are already developped through the years of creative activity. The compositions have dynamic mood – it’s balancing between sad, lyrical, relaxing and calm to virageous, furious, powerful, frantic, vibrant and passionate. Musicians are taking the basics of avant-garde jazz to form the base of the compositions. The roots of 1960’s and 1970’s American avant-garde jazz, classical and effective ways of improvising are connected to the newest innovations of experimental jazz, sound experiments, free improvisations and modern tendencies of Scandinavian avant-garde jazz. The synthesis of all these styles is organically made. The musicians don’t forget and the other jazz styles – their music is frequently related to bebop, post, bop, hard bop, neo bop, fusion, cool and various mainstream and contemporary jazz styles. Typical rhythmic figures of these styles are integrated to basic musical pattern whom is based on free, organic and impressive improvisation, breaking sessions, frantic drum rolls and other similar elements. Wide range of rhythms, special effects, strange timbres and inventive decisions make a individual, contrasting and bright rhythmic section. The melody line is remarkable and expressive – it’s basically kept by saxophone and trumpet, as well as double bass. The harmony line is stable and modern. It’s based on sharp, frantic and aggressive disonances, which are constructed to perturbating, vibrant and frantic breaking sessions, and are contrasting to soft and calm consonances. Saxophones and trumpet by Joe McPhee are luminous, bright and expressive. Featured improviser is demonstrating wide musical knownledge, fantastic playing technique and his own sound. His music is based on expressive, bursting and frantic playing manner – it’s filled with vigilant turbulance, terrific riffs, blowing, growling and roaring blow outs, wah-wah, special effects, strange tunes, expressive and remarkable melodies, driving sessions, perturbating and frantic culminations and dizzy glamorous passages. Joe McPhee is trying to expand the main technical abilities of his instruments – he gets on original sound experiments. Trumpet and saxophones bring the energy, vivdness and drive to the compositions. Double bass by John Edwards is heavy, dark and subtle. Effective and stable bass line is created by using repetitive series and monotonic tunes. These tunes are corresponding to heavy, dark, deep, solemn and vibrant solos, as well as dramatic culminations, perturbating sessions, minimalistic samples, light and vivid excerpts and sonoristic experiments. Drums section is simply amazing – it’s dynamic, moving and constantly changing. This section is formed by Klaus Kugel. Excellent drummer and marvelous improviser is fusing together all kinds of rhythms and illustrates them with colorful and gorgeous timbres. From stable, tight and slow beats he goes to hysteric, frantic, complicated and nervous compilations of modern jazz styles, powerful, frantic and wild free improvisations, stormy and vigilante culminations or relaxing minimalistic samples. The music is bright, active and contrasting – it has original and expressive sound. - Avant Scene