Belgian-Japanese pianist and composer Alex Koo is currently making a name for himself as a promising young talent on the European jazz scene. His album ‘Appleblueseagreen, with American icons Ralph Alessi and Mark Turner, was praised by the American Downbeat Jazz Magazine and included in their list of ‘Best Albums of 2019‘, with 4 stars and the mention ” Stunningly original “. Alex’s strong musical connection with ECM-trumpeter Alessi (Downbeat: ‘the monster trumpeter who hails from a separate world altogether’) lead to their second collaboration.
Identified Flying Object began as the duo project of Alex Koo together with drummer and long time musical soul mate Attila Gyárfas, another young talent from Budapest’s thriving jazz scene. Transformed into a captivating trio featuring the great Ralph Alessi, they will be presenting their new album ‘Identified Flying Object’ on January 8th 2021 , releasing with renowned Belgian label W.E.R.F. Records. Their music, a mix of lyrical compositions and improvisations bordering film music, minimalism and soundscaping, you can describe in the best possible way as a trip through space.
released January 8, 2021
Alex Koo: piano / keys / electronics
Attila Gyárfás: drum set / gong synth
Ralph Alessi: trumpet / piccolo trumpet
Track 1, 3, 6 composed by Alex Koo
Track 2 composed by Attila Gyárfás
Track 4, 5 composed by Koo / Gyárfás / Alessi
Track 7, 8 composed by Koo / Gyárfás
Recorded at Johnny Green Giant Studio Ghent on 19 September 2020.
Recorded by Dieter Claeys / Mathias Stal
Mixed by Márton Fenyvesi
Mastered by Frederik Dejongh (Jerboa Mastering)
Produced by Alex Koo / Attila Gyárfás / Benny Claeysier
Artwork by Max Philippi
Executive production by Benny Claeysier for W.E.R.F. records / KAAP
Manufactured and distributed by N.E.W.S. distribution N.V.
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Mary Halvorson is a genius composer and guitarist who has developed her own musical language, and with Code Girl she has incorporated poetry into that language. Incredible compositions and lyricism (each track is a different kind of poem). Halvorson's playing is as great as usual, and all the other members of the band sound great. Robert Wyatt's singing in particular works extremely well in the tracks he's featured. Highly, highly recommend. rat