Musical analogues: Candy Dalfer, Saskia Laroo, Alexey Kozlov and “Arsenal” band
Album genres: jazz rock, fusion, instrumental music
Written and arranged by Anna Koroleva
Recorded in 2013 / Released in 2013
Catalogue number: AB-CD-04-2012-018
Languages of the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
It is the first official release of a famous saxophonist and vocalist. There are two, at first glance, separate discs in the album (“Kamergersky Lane” and “Song for Sax”), but with the deeper immersion into the material, it becomes clear that they are two parts of the organic whole, and a remarkable and versatile musician and a charming woman stands behind it.
Album review“ArtBeat” Foundation has released double CD “Air of Time” with the music of jazz saxophonist and composer Anna Koroleva. Anna dedicated it to Vladimir Orlov, a writer whose books are acknowledged as masterpieces of world literature.
The name “Air of Time” presented to Anna by the journalist and writer Lidia Orlova in the best possible way unites both discs “Kamergersky lane” and “Song for Sax” into organic whole and underlines Anna’s intention....
This unusual album has got its prehistory and it begins in the club “Forte” where Anna plays and sings with her group “Jump”. The point is that “Forte” is located on the territory of Literature Institute and it has a unique atmosphere born by music ad literary legends floating in the air. When Anna learned that her favorite author Vladimir Orlov taught a course in the Institute she started attending his seminars with his students. At the same time Orlov’s novel “Kamergersky Lane” was published, it got into the list of the best books in the world literature. It inspired the composer Anna Koroleva to write music for “Gnome of the Central Telegraph Office”. It was followed by “The Disappearance of Number 3”, “Argentum Habar”, and “But Where is the Barrel?”
It was Orlov’s novel that with its plot twists and with its images dictated Anna musical themes, their styles, mood, and means of expression.
Anna invited to perform her music not only jazz but also classical musicians. The successful premiere of the composition “The Gnome of the Central Telegraph Office” has already held in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
Everyone who took part in the release of “Air of Time” adored the work and the special creative and friendly atmosphere. For example, staged photos were used in the design of the album, the photos were partly shot in the garden of LitInstitute, they are the composer’s associations that correspond with certain episodes and characters of the novel. In the photos we may see all people involved in the project.
In the second, polystylistic disc “Song for Sax” there are several new compositions of Anna performed at concerts including in “Forte” club. It is not eclectics but authentic for Anna multilayer musical vision, it reflects her musical core: fearless composer phantasy, multi-instrumentalism, unlimited improvisatory freedom (including scat one), the power of her energetics.
I can’t help commenting on the piece “Lana”. Once Anna recorded on her phone voice of her little daughter Lana (she was about 4 or 5 months), and then without any setting -up surrounded the “song” with her arrangement. What came of it listen in the album “Air of Time”. Music will tell about everything that can’t be expressed in words.
Record participants: Anna Koroleva and Jump: Anna Koroleva –alto saxophone (1 – 6), saxophones (4). Vocals (3), scat (4), keyboards (6), talking drum (6), percussion (6); Igor Ivanushkin – contrabass (2,3), bass guitar (4,5), scat (3), voice (4); Dmitry Ilugdin – keyboards (3-5), scat (4); Piotr Ivshin – drums (3-5), percussion (3,4), voice (4); special guests: Ilya Kashtan – bassoon (2); Doice-quartet: Olga Kuzmina (violin), Svetlana Miklyaeva (violin), Alexandra Telmanova (viola), Marina Grishina (cello) (2); Nikolay “Big Nick” Bogaychuk – voice (4); Anatoly Marchulenko – voice (4)
Record participants: Anna Koroleva & Jump: Anna Koroleva – alto saxophone (1, 3-6, 8, 9), soprano saxophone (2), vocals (2,3,5-7,9),keyboards (2), keyboards bass (3, 5); Dmitry Ilugdin – keyboards (1, 3-9); Vartan Babayan – percussion (1, 5, 7, 8), udu (2), chimes (2), daf (5); Piotr Ivshin – drums (1, 3-9), Igor Ivanushkin – contrabass (4), bass guitar (6, 8, 9); special guest: Evgeny Sharikov – bass guitar (1, 7), keyboard bass (7)