Max Oliver Electric Cello
Ollie Usiskin Drums
This latest SLAM release presents the very individual style of music by the UK based duo on their first CD. Combining rhythmic and largely atonal melodic ideas, the duo cites Jack DeJohnette, Frank Zappa and Tony Williams amongst their main influences.
Ollie Usiskin writes:- "The duo’s eponymous debut CD brings a new exciting sound in improvised music. The recordings feature music created during playing sessions by the Duo, blending Jazz and Classical styles, with Oliver’s atonal themes accompanied by Usiskin’s loose & fiery drums. The project has been guided by Bassist / Producer Jimmy Haslip ( The Yellow Jackets, Allan Holdsworth ) who describes the playing as uninhibited, abstract & colourful . World renowned drummer Peter Erskine quotes " Excellent stuff !" Be prepared to be taken on a creative journey where there are no boundaries."
"As is often said to describe music…..Freedom within the Discipline , here these two fine musicians create a landscape that is abundant in its virtuosity and imagination. It is also a first class recording to boot - impossible not to open your ears and to tap your feet alongside the intricate stick work that reminded me of some of Jazzs top echelon - what a great feast for the senses !" Tim Wheater