Vinilija @ Radio Marš: Tone Janša III


A1 NOČ (Night) (Tone Janša)
A2 LABIRINT ( Labyrinth) (Tone Janša)
A3 KJE SO TISTE STEZICE (Where Are Those Little Paths) (Tone Janša)
A4 PARABOLA (Parabole) (Tone Janša)

B1 PATTERN (Tone Janša)
B2 DAN IN VZGON (Day and Buoyancy) (Tone Janša)
B3 ROM (Gypsy) (Tone Janša)
B4 POTOP (Sinking) (Tone Janša)

Tone Janša ts, ss, fl
Andre Jeanquartier p
Ewald Oberleitner b
Miroslav Karlović dr

For this album, Tone Janša's aim was to select recording which greatly vary from one another. His intent to make a versatile record has surely succeeded. Harmoniously and rhythmically, the record includes current and modern music, from the eight note feeling with contemporary harmonies, to madal jazz in complicated rhythms, and bi-tonal to atonal free jazz. At first glance, the record overwhelms the listener with an abundance of musical material. The pieces are intricately composed and each musician contributes his individual talents, producing a kaleidoscope of sound.

"Night" is a lyrical composition for tenor sax, in two parts with a straight eighth note rhythm. Part A has sicteen bars, the first eight repeat an ostinato bass in varying harmonies. Part B follows with four bars. The two solos are by the pianist and Janša. The theme is then repeated and is followed by a coda.

"Labyrinth" is an interwoven composition, consisting of many thematic and transitional elements. It is characterized by a labyrinthine structure, allowing plenty of room for solos on piano, drums and soporano sax. Of special interes in Tone's solo, is a section utilizing some kind of phrygian mode, with the addion of a major third.

"Where Are Those Little Paths" is very interesting use of Slovene folk song in jazz. Whit interesting reharmonization the liric song becomes a jazz ballad. Arranger plays quite free cadenca and then the coda follows.

"Parabole" is a composition for soprano sax with the heavy emphasis on drums, in the first part. The second part is in straight rhythm. The solos are on soprano, piano and bass.

The RTV Ljubljana Big Band, conducting by Jože Privšek surprises us on side B, with Janša's 10/4 composition, "Pattern". Tone starts it on flute, the band follows with the theme, and then Tone appears again on tenor. The climax is reached when the orchestra repeats the theme. The music calms down and dies out.

The following two selections were performed as one, live, at the Ljubljana '78 Jazz Festival. "Day" is a modern composition beginning with arco bass and flute, with the addition later on, of piano and drums. In a collective improvisation, the soloists use scales from the basic mode in atonal playing, return then, reach the climax and fade away.

"Buoyancy" is a piece with a break on tenor and a rather complex modal theme in ABCD form, with D in 7/4 meter. Solos are on tenor, and piano, followed by a break for tenor and a coda. "Day" and "Buoyancy" live from Jazz-Festival, Ljubljana '78.

"Gypsy" is a bi-tonal composition with gypsy music influence, featuring soprano sax. In the third part, the "gypsy minor" scale is used, and at the end, the composer's own composite scale.

"Sinking" is a free jazz composition, starting and ending melodiously with a collectively inspired improvisation by the quartet.

This album reveals a wide range of musical material and presents Janša as a very balanced musician, composer, and improvisator, who is capable of combining very different musical approaches, resulting in meaningful expression. This record of international team work is a valid representation of his credo.


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