Tmpf Records

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The artistic mission at Tmpf is to provide a home for artists to create conceptual jazz-oriented projects, to document inspired spontaneous performances and to explore jazz composition as concert music. Instead of holding artists to a some strict stylistic aesthetic, Tmpf holds artists to a high standard of creative honesty. Instead of defining jazz in narrow traditional terms, Tmpf looks at jazz as the evolutionary phenomenon it is, driven by the spirit of improvisation. In its first two months, Tmpf released 3 distinctly different albums by founder Mike Davis, setting the stage for what promises to be an eclectic and stylistically diverse label. I See Better With My Eyes Closed is a pianoless quartet album which marries the lyrical and the abstract deftly. It Won’t Get Dark is an incredibly intense and probing duo album featuring Mike Davis on acoustic bass and Niclas Hoglind on acoustic guitar. The two play expertly crafted and arranged songs with an almost psychic level of communication during solos. Fortunes and Hat-tricks, Vol. 1 features music spontaneously composed by Mike Davis, Jacob Duncan and Jason Tiemann using 2 innovative improvisation techniques. The three improvisers work as one composer – defining and refining roles, themes and abstractions all while simultaneously leading and submitting, creating canvas and paint and piece all in a moment.

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