Well, the Pick of the Week was a toss-up pretty much. You can’t go wrong with either album, and that’s a good sign of a healthy week in new Jazz. Several albums this week present some terrifically singular sounds, both out on the fringes but also territory closer to Jazz center. Let’s begin…
Ferenc Nemeth & Javier Vercher, Imaginary Realm: Absolutely sublime work by drummer Nemeth and previous collaborator Javier Vercher (on tenor sax). Spiritual jazz presented with a subtlety that gives music with edge a sense of drifting peacefully through the air. Bringing in pianist David Kikoski for about half the track, it adds a dynamic that only serves to further round out an introspective sound that simultaneously dances with life. Just a wonderful recording, full of substance and feeling. Worth noting that Nemeth’s last recording, 2012′s Triumph, was my eMusic Pick of the Week when it came out. So is his newest. Pick of the Week.
CD Review: Javier Vercher/Ferenc Nemeth – Imaginary Realm
Spanish born tenor saxophonist Javier Vercher and Hungarian born percussionist Ferenc Nemeth team up to produce their second album in six years. The duo become a trio with the addition of Pianist David Kikoski who guests on 4 of the tracks. The album opens with a short intro Silent Stones wonderful interplay between Sax and percussion conjure up a dreamy tropical ambiance. Kikoski leads out the title track Imaginary Realm , saxophone and percussion then combine in a gentle almost classical atmospheric manner.
Poets of the East is a haunting tune inspired by the Far East rather than our own North East I imagine. The combination of percussion and tenor once more creates a wonderful atmosphere. The piano features again in Form and Meaning giving us the most straight ahead trio piece on the album. A short percussion solo by Nemeth Drums leads into Prana a subtle sparse saxophone is accompanied by the elegant brush work of Nemeth. Circles in the Sky is a more tense affair on the saxophone but with a calypso style percussion accompaniment! Sumerian Magic Spells is another short percussion solo but this time it features Vercher on an African Sound Box. The liveliest track on the album Giant Henge sees the trio giving it a real go with the very enthusiastic playing providing a great uplift. A reprise of Prana this time played solely by Kikoski on piano concludes the named tunes on the album. However there is a hidden bonus track awaiting. A conventional but nevertheless extremely enjoyable rendition off Ellington’s Come Sundayplayed by the trio.
Whilst contemplating the CD Sleeve I was able create a whole new set of titles by simply combining some of the track names for example we could have Stones Henge , The Magic Circle , Giant Drums , Sumerian Sky , Imaginary Poets, Spell Form and Meaning and The Silent East. Joking aside this album is a magnificent collaboration by 2 guys who are clearly at one with each other the subtle meditative intertwining of the instruments create a wonderfully atmospheric evocative piece.
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Javier Vercher, Ferenc Nemeth, Imaginary Realm
by Grego Applegate Edwards
It should come as no surprise to those that follow the contemporary jazz world that there are talented players out there who one has not heard before, that there are continual discovery situations one comes up against. The sound of surprise is also the sound of previously undiscovered sound-makers, some of them really quite good.
That pretty much sizes up my reaction to the new album by Javier Vercher and Ferenc Nemeth, Imaginary Realm (Dreamers Collective 1003). These are two players, tenor saxist and drummer, respectively, who have been paying dues in New York and playing together for some time in
the process. Their first album came out in 2007. This is their second, for this outing teaming up at key points on the album with pianist David Kikoski.
The set played on this disk is evocative, free-wheeling and free but also at times with implied harmonic reference points in a tonal-pivotal realm. These are open-form compositions, originals, with Vercher sometimes following a chromatic path similar in direction to such post- Trane luminaries as Liebman and Bergonzi but taking it to his own personal space. Kikoski grounds much of the proceedings in his own harmonically sophisticated world, which goes well with Vercher’s outlook. Ferenc Nemeth plays some actively freebased and also implicitly or explicitly swinging drums throughout, with skill and big ears. There are moments of quiet ambience, especially when Javier and Ferenc go it alone. But the open-air sound of those moments contrast nicely with more earthy explorations.
This is a talented threesome that makes a modern free-edged music you would do well to hear. If they signed to ECM they’d be getting famous by now. But then that may be true of any number of players. Nonetheless these artists are well worth hearing. A most pleasing record!
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Javier Vercher and Ferenc Nemeth – IMAGINARY REALM: Javier’s tenor sax and Ferenc’s drums (along with a guest piano shot from David Kikoski on selected tracks) explores territory I’m before in my own musical meanderings. Their excursions together are totally focused, with no errors in the recording or in their intent… just listen to the intriguing “Poets Of The East” to get a taste of the mystery they weave for your ears! Of the eleven sonic wonderments they’ve painted for you, I found the energy on “Giant Henge” to be the most satisfying, and my favorite of all the tracks – a lot of that had to do with David’s driving keyboards, too, I believe. I give this splendid jazz duo a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98. Get more information about them at http://www.vercher-nemeth.com Rotcod Zzaj
|A highly moody atmospheric CD, Imaginary Realm by saxist/percussionist Javier Vercher and drummer/percussionist Ferenc Nemeth harks back to when ECM Records was making its mark in austere chamber jazz that blended free music with neoclassical airs and the sort of hybridizations the band Oregon was pulling off to highly refined but spectacular effect. Pianist David Kikoski appears on 5 of the 11 cuts and only beefs up the duet’s wont, especially in the title track. This disc features work that transcends thinking, stepping over into mystery and expansions, the far side-roads of the everyday verging into Rousseauvian jungles and arid plains, conversing with the spirits and essences residing there.|
|I guess you could call this free jazz, though it’s highly aesthetically disciplined (as the best free musics are) and several songs arose just from the coining of a title, intuitively exploring what was tucked away in the words and their evocations. Do not play this at a party unless you want your guests sitting down to discuss philosophy for the rest of the evening (which, frankly, is EXACTLY what I’d do) because, though one cut is romantic (Come Sunday, and I guess you could see Circles in the Sky as partially so, especially if you’ve been downing Jagermeisters and feeling sideways and upside-down), the rest are art with a capital ‘A’ and not meant for mall shopping excursions, though, heh!, I sure as hell would love to see how people would react should music like this suddenly waft over the speaker systems in those vapid soulless places.It’s difficult to draw comparatives here. I’m minded of Jay Zelenka (perc.) and Greg Mills’ (piano) old Exiles band and also of Steve Tibbetts (guitar)and Marc Anderson (perc.), but only because those units also paired up so well and produced largely uncategorizable musics. Here, all three gents go wild on Giant Henge, Nemeth putting in a really impressive performance, but no matter what the mood—pensive, zoned-out, wandering, or nailing down a single thought—the sounds can’t help but capture attention, whether through seduction, an outright lunge for the frontal lobes, or a professorial art tour, and that sort of creativity comes around all too infrequently. You’ll be just as drawn to Javier’s design and photographic work as well: the b&w cover photo is worthy of museum display and the interior double-spread provides as much material for speculation and analysis as a poem. That guy and his partner knew precisely what they were doing in every aspect of this release.|
el disco IMAGINARY REALM suena en NPR, MORNING EDITION…!!!
FERENC NEMETH and JAVIER VERCHER’s “GIANT HENGE” is featured on NPR’s Morning Edition on 10-9-2013, from the album Imaginary Realm.NPR, formalmente National Public Radio, es una organización de medios con financiación pública y privada que funciona como una redifusión nacional para una red de 900 estaciones de radio pública en los Estados Unidos.
Otros reseñas sobre IMAGINARY REALM…
It’s exactly the kind of music you’d expect from a talented musician after a healthy bout of introspection.
Tenor saxophonist Javier Vercher left the epicenter of jazz a couple of years ago, disembarking from NYC to resettle into Valencia, Spain, where he grew up. The time away from the hustle and bustle gave him the space to get more focused on his music and other aspects of his life. When he was ready to put his new perspective to song, he called up his erstwhile partner and master percussionist Ferenc Nemeth to make the record together, their second (the first being Wheel of Time, 2007).
Imaginary Realm is an inner journey, not so much about scales and modes but self-examination and mood. Thusly, songs aren’t necessarily jazz in structure but draws from jazz where there is instead a need to break from the constrictions of structure. “Silent Stones” is a brief, meditative intro, where the beautiful, mystical timbres emanating from Nemeth’s array of percussion seem dictated by the wind; Vercher plays with minimal notes and maximum feel.
“Poets of the East” features Vercher dubbing saxes for low harmony, as the primary sax is in a lead role playing in a style evocative of Jan Garbarek; meanwhile Nemeth is gently playing a swaying groove. Nemeth’s best moment might be “Circles In The Sky,” where his calypso styled percussion is hypnotic and multi layered but also controlled; Nemeth never has to be particularly loud or fast to greatly enrich the tonality the rhythm of a song. The short piece “Sumerian Magic Spell” features Vercher on a wooden African box, an instrument very similar-sounding to a kalimba.
The appearance of David Kikoski’s piano on four of the selections adds another dimension; less sparse, more formal, more developed but remaining jagged and in-the-moment. “Imaginary Realm” presents a romantic melody, moving at a naturally occurring pace. Kikoski is forceful yet delicate, and Vercher is sometimes on edge, doleful but never overdoing it. They combine again for “Form and Meaning,” playing a romantic style over an esoteric strain. Nemeth is sensitively playing to the other two, and Vercher is both emotional and angular like Wayne Shorter. “Giant Henge” is the most festive and conventional sounding song of the batch, boasting a Brazilian groove. Vercher’s sax here shows a rougher side, a la Joe Henderson.
Two versions of “Prana” is played, the first time performed in a very hushed manner with Vercher playing a sax in the left channel and overdubbing another one in the right channel, as Nemeth can be heard off at a distance with his muted brushes and cymbals. The second version includes Kikoski, who reveals more to the gorgeous melody. Nemeth meanwhile is accentuating it with small but meaningful gestures like Paul Motian.
From the sounds coming from Imaginary Realm , it appears that the time Javier Vercher spent away from New York has been time well spent. For that matter, so is any time he spends pairing up with Ferenc Nemeth.
Imaginary Realm is slated for release October 22, by Dreamers Collective Records.
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JAVIER VERCHER-FERENC NEMETH/Imaginary Realm: Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Two guys from across the pond migrate to America to study at Berklee and live in Brooklyn. Recombining when they go back to their home lands, they come out with a set of deep 50s jazz mostly with just sax and drums, seasoned by a smidge of piano along the way. Viola! A nice set of 50s opium jazz. Thankfully, they didn’t feel the need to have some free verse spouting jerk layered over the proceedings. You’ve got to play this for your fave jazz egghead while it’s still new. The hipper than thou will battle the jazz police mightily on this one and you can enjoy it sitting on the sidelines watching the skirmish with some tea in hand. Wink.
Javier Vercher and Ferenc Nemeth-Imaginary Realm
So spiritual, you will probably convert to something after listening to this
Javier Vercher and Ferenc Nemeth collaborate again after their much acclaimed ‘Wheel of Time.’ They team up to create a spiritual sound motivated by occurance so of Javier jamming out to an african wood box. Self-titled ‘Imaginary Realm’ is a seven minute track to your soul. ‘Form and Meaning,’ carried by Javier’s killer tenor sax okay, will give your life a form and a meaning. ‘Drums’ is a short track that really displays Ferenc Nemeth’s talents on the…well, drums. The african wooden box is best utilized on ‘Circles in the Sky,’ along with Nemeth’s killer percussion ability.
Review Date: October 7, 2013
Reviewed by: Mason Kilpatrick
Imaginary Realm by Javier Vercher and Ferenc Nemeth
Sound patterns display properties of eclecticism, malleability, and dissonant rambling as they are sprawled along Imaginary Realm from saxophonist Javier Vercher and drummer Ferenc Nemeth with David Kikoski on piano. The recording is a sample of experimental ruminations that reflect the impulses and images in the minds of the musicians. Abstract soudscapes and subliminal harmonic forms wield organic fluctuations creating variations in the intonations and rhythmic meter of the saxophone, drums and keys.
The exotic phrasing and blurbs of sonic chimes showing degrees of clarion and muffled tones in tracks like “Silent Stones” and “Poets of the East” display a primitive chanting that audiences will relate to music emblematic of tribal cultures. There is something entrancing about the sound patterns which move at the will of subliminal impulses generating waves of quavering percussive beats layered in the mellow timbre of the saxophone and the meditative vibe of the keys.
The trio oscillates between creating dissonant musings and melodic chord progressions throughout the album. The rhythmic swells of the keys in the title track produce a succession of lyrical undulations pierced by the toggling movements of the saxophone nestled along the channels of hypnotic grooves. The trio explores more variations in their combination as the rambling phrasing of the keys in “Form and Meaning” is stacked in clusters of nomadic notes from the saxophone sculpting a swathe of wandering pathways.
Small incisions made by the saxophone pierce the rustling percussions in “Prana” constructing a mist of tranquil ethers while the ruffles of abstract drum effects which spontaneously manifest along “Circles in the Sky” pepper the track in ghostly echoes scaffolding the mournful tone of the meandering saxophone. “Prana” is revisited at the ending of the album showing variations in the keys producing a contemplative atmosphere ringed in gorgeous harmonic forms and melodic riffs.
The trio demonstrates a jubilant bonding in “Giant Henge” as Latin-tinge beats are layered in vibrating keys and the uplifting poses of the saxophone. The track is inspired by the mysterious structure of Stonehenge outside of Bath, England as the trio acts as a conduit envisioning an otherworldly force making its mark on earth. Moving on, “Sumerian Magic Spell” is a sedate piece encased in the mellow sonorous of various percussive beats branded with an African accent.
Streaked in variations of eclectic and melodic sound patterns and waves of dissonant and lyrical harmonic forms, Imaginary Realm is an expression of the trio’s imagination and impassioned natures. The unbridled flow of their instruments has an organic phrasing that’s fluent in the language of experimental arrangements and fraught with abstract patterns. Schooled in classical repertoires, the trio exhibits an eagerness to experiment in ruminations that show traits of spontaneity and unbridled wandering.
Javier Voucher – tenor saxophone, Ferenc Nemeth – drums, and David Kiosk – piano
Silent Stones, Imaginary Realm, Poets of the East, Form and Meaning, Drums, Paraná, Circles in the Sky, Sumerian Magic Spell, Giant Hinge, Prana (Revisited)
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JAVIER VERCHER - Saxophone and Percussion FERENC NEMETH - Drums and Percussion DAVID KIKOSKI – Piano
Recorded June, 2011. NYC. Acoustic Sound Recording Studio – Brooklyn, NYC. Recording Engineer: MICHAEL BRORBY Mixes: JAMES FARBER Mastering: GREG CALBY Co-produced: JAVIER VERCHER / FERENC NEMETH Executive Producer: JAVIER VERCHER
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Tenor saxophonist Javier Vercher and Drummer Ferenc Nemeth´s music career – and life – can perhaps be summed up by the popular aphorism that, depending on who you´re talking with, was coined by either Confucius in ancient China or movie here in the late 20th century: “Wherever you go, there you are.”
When Vercher released his last solo disc, 2010´s Wish You Were Here, he was calling the hip, bustling environs of Williamsburg, Brooklyn home, though, as the album tittle suggests, his compositions often began their life as postcards from the road.
About 2 years ago Vercher moved out of New York City for a while. He spend 10 years there cutting his own records and discovering new ways of playing. In 2010 Vercher found a place near the center of town in Valencia, where he had been raised. Settling back into the rhythms of his homeland, Vercher says, “I feel focused on the music, taking care of the music, studying sound, having a regular life. I work, opportunities come along. New York is a great city, but I still need to learn in a different way – not only about jazz, but more about other aspects of life and how to insert these concepts into my playing and writing.”
Imaginary Realm, his second collaboration with drummer Ferenc Nemeth, is as aptly titled as Vercher´s previous disc. But this time the journey it describes an internal one – states of mind, not points on a map. It´s emotional and sensual at times. It´s mysterious and spiritual at others, on tracks like the slow-motion meditation of “Prana” (the Sanskrit Word denoting breath) or the brief thumb wooden African box incantation of “Sumerian Magic Spell.” Although the mood is predominantly contemplative, the Groove does heat up on “Giant Henge,” the most site-specific track on the album, as it were. Nemeth´s multilayered percussion provides the foundation fro Vercher´s impassioned solos and guest star David Kikoski´s piano lines match Vercher´s inventiveness and intensity. Vercher and Nemeth took as their starting point the tantalizing mystery of Stonehenge, envisioning some otherworldly force leaving it´s mark on the earth. Beauty emerges from near chaos. Conversely, “Poets of the East” is hushed and hypnotic; Vercher´s playing barely rises above a gorgeous whisper while Nemeth´s percussion evokes the sound of chimes swaying in a gentle breeze. The title track is like an after-hours blues, a spontaneous call-and-response between Vercher on sax and Kikoski on piano, with Nemeth hanging back, brushing a snare. The longest cut on the album, it epitomizes the free playing that has always been at the heart of Vercher´s live and recorded work.
In 2007, the duo of Nemeth and Vercher released their first set together, Wheel of Time. Nemeth, a native Hungarian, had emigrated from Europe almost a decade ago and, like Vercher, he attended Berklee and the settled in Brooklyn. They traveled in the same jazz circles and were likeminded players, kindred spirits, schooled in tradition but eager to experiment.
Nemeth is a sought-after player in multiple genres who released an acclaimed debut album of his own, Night Songs, in 2007. And his more recent one Triumph featuring Kenny Werner, Lionel Loueke and Joshua Redman, released in 2012.
With Imaginary Realm, the pair took a particularly intuitive approach to writing material, often coming up with a title and riffing on it. They´d discover what kind of sound it might evoke, where the words might take them. Pianist David Kikoski had toured in Spain with Verche r and Nemeth, so he was a natural add to the mix. They cut the album in New York City with veteran engineer Michael Brorby behind the boards and the wonderful James Farber mixing the date. Says Vercher, “It´s nice to record together and keep the duo Project alive, to play for the Music, make it the best we can, to share the experiences we´ve encountered. It makes our friendship stronger.”
NOTES BY MICHAEL HILL
JAVIER VERCHER: WISH YOU WERE HERE – 2008. JAZZE RECORDS
JAVIER VERCHER - Saxophone LIONEL LOUEKE - Guitar SAM YAHEL – Piano LARRY GRENADIER - Bass FRANCISCO MELA - DrumsSpecial Guest on Vivi and Blue Heron: Arturo Stable – Percussion , Jorge Perez – Cajon. Recorded Sep. 12, 2008. NYC. Peter Karl´s Recording Studio – Brooklyn, NYC. Recording Engineer: MIKE PEREZ CISNEROS Mastering: MIKE PEREZ CISNEROS Producer: JAVIER VERCHER Executive Producer: MIGUEL MENGUAL _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
JAVIER VERCHER / FERENC NEMETH: WHEEL OF TIME – 2006. FRESH SOUND RECORDS
JAVIER VERCHER - Saxophone and Percussion LIONEL LOUEKE - Guitar and Voice FERENC NEMETH - Drums and Percussion CHIP TAYLOR - Voice on Where everything is Music Poem by RUMIRecorded March 20, 2006. NYC. Acoustic Sound Recording Studio – Brooklyn, NYC. Recording Engineer: MICHAEL BRORBY Mastering: MIKE PEREZ CISNEROS Co-produced: JAVIER VERCHER / FERENC NEMETH Executive Producer: JORDI PUJOL
Javier Vercher Trío “Cleptocracia” con Masa Kamaguchi y Jorge Rossy – Jimmy Glass – Valencia 30/1/13