Musical analogues: Yusef Lateef, Buddy Collette, Frank Wess.
Album genres: post bop, hard bop, modern creative, jazz instrument, saxophone jazz, world fusion.
Written by (except 4 and 8 in CD1) and arranged byAnatole Gerasimov
Record participants: Anatole Gerasimov Quartet in the line-up: Anatole Gerasimov – shacuhachi, flute, soprano saxophone; Anton Revnyuk – bass guitar; Yuri Genbachev – percussion; Dmitry Sevastyanov – drums; Sergey Bogusevich – keyboards
Recorded indifferent years / Released in2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-04-2012-017
Languages of the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
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Anatole Gerasimov played in the Duke Ellington Orchestra, worked with Chet Baker, Jaco Pastorius, John Scofield, became famous on both sides of the Atlantic and was the first Russian jazzman to be included in the encyclopedia "Jazz Legends". The album "Angle of Living" presents the recordings made live on the Moscow independent radio station "RaKurs" during the concert series "Moscow Swing" in 1996-97.
Album review“In the years from 1995 till 1998 I happened to work at the Moscow radio station “Rakurs” under the pseudonym Konstantin Volkov, my working day was Saturday and the segment from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. became for me the heart of Saturday day, it was the time of my program “Moscow Swing”. The point is that “Rakurs” possessed a record studio adjacent to the broadcast studio and the premises could be used for live performances of musicians, it happened two or three times a week, the rest of the time tone room worked as a record studio.
Anatole Gerasimov, an owner of one of the most complicated biographies in Russian jazz, performed three times in “Moscow Swing”. A autodidact musician from the generation of the 60-s he played in the famous Tula big band of Anatoly Kroll, later performed in Moscow jazz clubs and at Moscow jazz festivals in 1967-68, but he could not stay in one place. In 1973 the Soviet government made a concession for the world society and permitted limited emigration from the USSR, mainly to Israel. At that time it was possible to get a call for repatriation from Israel without any connection with the nation that inhabits this country. In 1973 Anatole also got such a call and after several days of thinking he travelled the way that soon became the usual one: flight change in Vienna, refuse to go to Israel, a camp for displaced persons, waiting for the response about the refugee status from the USA; during the waiting time Tolya worked in Rome for several months in the band of jazz pianist Romano Mussolini, Duce’s son. And, finally, New York and the complicated period of growing into another civilization. His acquaintances with American musicians helped Anatole; first of all, with the members of Duke Ellington band which had two years previously visited the USSR. On the pavement near Lincoln Center Gerasimov met the great Duke who recalled the Russian saxophonist, invited to the jam, and in 74 Gerasimov became a member of Duke Ellington Orchestra, but without Duke who had died some time before it.
Tolya several months worked in the orchestra with Duke’s son Mercer Ellington and he even managed to participate in disc recording which was jealously and picky listened in Moscow by Tolya’s friends; but for Gerasimov it was only the beginning. 17 years in New York followed when he played literally with everyone and then 6 years in Paris and in 1996 Tolya unexpectedly returned to Russia after 23 years of emigration. He started recording with rock group from St. Petersburg “Auctsyon”, going on tours over Russia, and performing in Moscow clubs. And the correspondent from “Rakurs” Fyodor Sluchevsky who on Saturdays made the program “Jazz News” occasionally ran into him. Fedya brought Gerasimov for an interview and we agreed that Tolya would perform in our live program with his new Moscow group who mainly played his fusion music. As a result, he performed three times in 1997, and in April 1998, when “Rakurs” had already stopped broadcasting, we gathered in the studio to record four more pieces of Anatole, we planned that with renewal of broadcasting they would be translated. But the radio station closed due to economic reasons (default was approaching) and in autumn of 1998 under the label Boheme Music the album with the optimistic name “Yes” was released; it was compiled from the fragments of Gerasimov’s performances in the “Radio Rakurs” studio.
A decade and a half have passed. The album long ago became a rarity. And Anatole Gerasimov who is 66 now continues to perform in Moscow, though, not so often: his health is not strong and, unfortunately, in the autumn of 2011 his carry case with all instruments – with soprano and tenor saxophones and six flutes - was stolen. However, the main instrument, soprano saxophone, was purchased for him due to “ArtBeat” Foundation efforts. And also the Foundation initiated the digitizing of the big archives of the concerts broadcasted live in the program “Moscow Swing”. The first results of this work are in the album “Angle of Living”.
Kirill Moshkov, Chief Editor “Jazz.Ru” Magazine