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Lubos Soukup & Points Septet released a new eponymous album

30 / 10 / 2015
Points Septet Oskar Török, Luboš Soukup, Marcel Bárta, Petr Kalfus, Jan Jirucha, Jaromír Honzák,Tomáš Hobzek, vesmír zvuků jazz album experimental Animal Music

Lubos Soukup & Points Septet, the third album of the Czech band Points, presents a collage of 12 truly unique compositions, that represent the European contemporary jazz music and free improvisation. All compositions are written by saxophonist and clarinettist Lubos Soukup who tailored the music to the band members. He has managed to magnificently elevate their individual personalities through his work. The result is a fresh, creative and playful universe of sounds.

Lubos Soukup collaborates with leading Czech jazz musicians

Points Septet Jazzinec Trutnov 2015 Photo by Milos Salek

The band Points Septet was created as a special project arising from several concerts of the internationally successful quartet Points. They were the winners of the Spanish jazz competition in Getxo in 2009. Although the septet has a bigger sound, it retains the characteristic features of the original band: the absence of a harmonic instrument and their focus on storytelling in compositions.

The initiative to record a new CD came from saxophonist and composer Lubos Soukup, currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark, who helped to realize this special project. Rather than Soukup’s international approach seen in his earlier projects, he chose to work exclusively with Czech musicians on this album. The core of the new band consists of five horn players including Soukup himself: trumpeter Oskar Torok, saxophonist Petr Kalfus, trombonist Jan Jirucha, and bass clarinetist Marcel Barta. They are accompanied by a unique rhythmical duo of bass player, Jaromir Honzak and drummer, Tomas Hobzek.

Marcel Barta and Lubos Soukup playing with Points Septet at Jazzinec Trutnov, photo Milos Salek

Oskar Torok playing with Points Septet at Jazzinec Trutnov, photo Milos Salek

Tomas Hobzek playing with Points Septet at Jazzinec Trutnov, photo Milos Salek

An universe of sounds

All 12 pieces featured on the album are written by Soukup. The music is tailored to the aforementioned musicians who have worked closely together on various projects during the last years and so have a keen understanding of each other’s individual style. Taking a closer look at the compositions, one can divide them in two different groups according to their concept.

The first group contains more conventional compositions, which crosses borders between jazz, classical music, and exotic folk music. The track called Gruzie, which translates to “Georgia”, is a piece inspired by traditional Transcaucasian music, while Jesterka, which translates to “Lizard”, is a piece in which Soukup makes a reference to the original roots of jazz i.e. African music. Choral is an ambient composition reflecting European church music, WTF is a vivid number based on a catchy groove, and finally Alegría is inspired by South American melodies and it is dedicated to one of the Soukup’s favourite musicians, Wayne Shorter.

The second group is a collection of music sketches with an open concept and elements of free improvisation and no harmonic form. Starting with letters VZ, they represent an infinite universe of sounds (Vesmir zvuku) that can be accessed only through the absolute connection and openness of the magnificent seven who are courageous enough to immerse deeply into themselves and explore unknown areas in the musical cosmos.

Petr Kalfus and Jan Jirucha playing Points Septet at Jazz Goes To Town, Hradec Kralove, photo by Milos Salek

Jaromir Honzak playing Points Septet at Jazz Goes To Town, Hradec Kralove, photo by Milos Salek

What does the author, saxofonist Lubos Soukup, say about the new album

“The most exceptional thing about Points Septet is the unique sound and dexterity of all players. My colleagues are the top Czech musicians who can play both jazz and free music. The connection between us is also remarkable. It is strong, indescribable. Sometimes, I feel like the guys are reading my mind and improvising exactly what I would imagine at the moment,” explains Soukup.

“I aimed for fresh and creative music. The band name (Points) symbolizes us, the band members. Each of the musicians is a separate point on the scene. These points come together and create certain energy that works well together. To cumulate this kind of creative energy and to deepen our connection during the performance, we stand in a semicircle, which is not common for a jazz ensemble,” adds Soukup.

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Points Septet playing at Jazz Goes To Town, Hradec Kralove, photo by Milos Salek

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Album Info

Points Septet Oskar Török, Luboš Soukup, Marcel Bárta, Petr Kalfus, Jan Jirucha, Jaromír Honzák,Tomáš Hobzek, vesmír zvuků jazz album experimental Animal Music

Artist
Luboš Soukup & Points Septet
Title
Luboš Soukup & Points Septet
Catalogue Number
ANI 051-2
Format
CD
Label
Animal Music
Barcode
Animal Music
Style
file under Jazz
Country of origin
Czech republic
Release Date
3Oct 30th 2015

Sound

Recorded by
Milan Cimfe (Sono Records, Nouzov)
Mixed by
August Wanngren (We Know Music Studios, Islands Brygge, Kodaň, Dánsko)
Mastered by
Pavel Karlík (Sono Records, Nouzov)

Tracks

  1. Black Monolith
  2. Ještěrka (Lizard)
  3. VZ 1
  4. VZ 4: Interlude
  5. Léto 1985 (Summer 1985)
  6. Gruzie (Georgia)
  7. Rhythm
  8. VZ 6
  9. Alegría
  10. VZ 3
  11. WTF
  12. Choral (Chorale)

Total time: 54:45

All compositions by Lubos Soukup

Musicians/Personnel

Oskar Török
trumpet & flugelhorn
Petr Kalfus
soprano & alto saxophones
Luboš Soukup
tenor saxophone & clarinet
Marcel Bárta
bass clarinet & tenor saxophone
Jan Jirucha
trombone
Jaromir Honzak
acoustic bass
Tomas Hobzek
drums

The album Lubos Soukup & Points Septet was released thanks to support from DJBFA and OSA.
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