Golden Years of the Soviet New Jazz, Vol. 3

Golden Years of the Soviet New Jazz, Vol. 3

     
 
The third installment in Leo Feigin's series of quadruple CD sets documenting Soviet avant-garde jazz in the '80s delivers once again an overwhelming dose of good, challenging music. Only 40 minutes of the five hours of music have been previously available. Disc one, featuring Homo Liber, is the strangest and most interesting. This duo, formed of See more details below

Overview

The third installment in Leo Feigin's series of quadruple CD sets documenting Soviet avant-garde jazz in the '80s delivers once again an overwhelming dose of good, challenging music. Only 40 minutes of the five hours of music have been previously available. Disc one, featuring Homo Liber, is the strangest and most interesting. This duo, formed of Yuri Yukechev and Vladimir Tolkachev, has left a short discography, which gives this disc extra value. Their music jumps from classical chamber to free jazz in the nick of time. "In Memory of Andrey Tarkovsky" stands out as a particularly brilliant tribute, even if it avoids the sparseness of Tarkovsky's films (on the other hand, it does pastiche Edward Artemiev's soundtracks in one section). The second disc is devoted to Ganelin Trio's Vladimir Chekasin and his big band projects. Bombastic and filled with references to the history of jazz, "Pathological Music" is from late 1983 and features singer Elvira Shlykova in the lineup. The other piece on the disc is an abridged version (to 40 minutes) of the Leo LP New Vitality. Disc three is split between Sainkho Namchylak and Tri-O. The colorful singer from Tuva is heard in short-lived collaborations with Sergey Kuryokhin's Pop Mechanics and Mikhail Zhukov. This is followed by a handful of tracks recorded in 1989 and 1991 with Tri-O. The group is then represented alone in two of its incarnations (Sergey Letov, Arkady Kirichenko, and Alexandr Alexandrov in 1989, with Arkady Shilkloper in place of the latter in 1988). The last disc of the set features trumpeter Andrew Solovyev, guitarist Igor Grigoryev, and cellist Vladislav Makarov in various groupings between 1983 and 1990. It includes some pretty straightforward hard bop (the group Asphalt), strong free improv (especially the Makarov/Alexander Kondrashkin duets), and a closing 18-minute piece for four overdubbed trumpets by Solovyev. Not as striking as volume two, volume three is also less varied in terms of stylistic range -- a positive thing in this case. Creative jazz fans are more likely to appreciate it in its entirety.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2003
Label:
Golden Years Of New
UPC:
5024792409020
catalogNumber:
409
Rank:
174456

Tracks

  1. In Memory of Andrey Tarkovsky
  2. Opus N. 40
  3. Six Plays, Jazz Suite
  4. Postlude
  5. Pathological Music, Pt. 1
  6. Pathological Music, Pt. 2
  7. New Vitality, Live in Vilnius
  8. Sainkho With Pop-Mechanics
  9. Sainkho With Mikhail Zhukov
  10. Hymn
  11. Transformation of Matter
  12. Lullaby
  13. Personalities
  14. Sainkho With Sergey Letov
  15. [Untitled Track]
  16. Freedom to Bondmaid Izaura
  17. Trialogue
  18. Unfinished Fughetta
  19. Introduction
  20. Rix
  21. Terror
  22. Engineer V
  23. Clavier
  24. Can't Think of a Title
  25. Little Bird
  26. CD/FG
  27. Dactyl
  28. Quiet Song
  29. For S. K.
  30. For A. K.
  31. For A. M.
  32. Pseudofunk
  33. N. 48
  34. Process (For Four Trumpets)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vladimir Chekasin   Trombone,Conductor,Saxophone
Valery Dudkin   Drums,Electric Guitar
Arkady Shilkloper   French Horn
Sainkho Namtchylak   Voices
Vitas Labutis   Alto Saxophone
Leonid Shinkarenko   Bass
Mikhail Zhukov   Percussion,Drums,Xylophone
Alexander Alexandrov   Clarinet,Flute,Bassoon

Technical Credits

Sergey Kuryokhin   Composer
Vladimir Chekasin   Composer
Valery Dudkin   Composer
Arkady Shilkloper   Composer
Leo Feigin   Producer
Sainkho Namtchylak   Composer
Sergey Letov   Composer
Alexandr Alexandrov   Composer
Mikhail Zhukov   Composer

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