Musical analogues: Keith Jarrett Trio, Bobo Stanton, Michel Petrucciani, Bad Plus
Album genres: modern jazz, post-bop, ЕСМ
Written and arranged by Dmitry Ilugdin
Record participants: Dmitry Ilugdin - grand piano, keyboards; Alexey Zavolokin – bass guitar; Piotr Ivshin – drums. Special guests: Alexey Kozlov – saxophone; Eugeny Rumyantsev – cello
Recorded in 2012 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-09-2011-002
Booklet in two languages: Russian and English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
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The first author’s album by the famous pianist and composer Dmitriy Ilugdin. Jazz in spirit (and very Moscow) project is a summary of “post-Arsenal” period of his work.
Album review“The album “Nikitsky Boulevard” is the first solo project of Dmitriy Ilugdin, the prize-holder of the “Triumph” Youth Award, a pianist and a composer, the author of music for different movies, Art Director of the Moscow Club “The Composers’ Union”. Ilugdin is well-known among...
...the jazz audience – since 1998 he has been a member of “Arsenal” projects managed by Alexey Kozlov. Beginning 2003 Dmitriy Ilugdin recorded discs as an Arsenal musician, two more albums were released under the title Vision of Sound, it was a project implemented together with the “Arsenal” bass-guitarist Eugeny Sharikov.
“Nikitsky Boulevard” CD (a debut of the same name trio in the following membership: Ilugdin, the contrabassist/bass-guitarist Alexey Zavolokin, and the drummer Piotr Ivshin plus the guests: Eugeny Rumyantsev – cello and Ma?tre Kozlov – alto saxophone) contains ten compositions authored by Ilugdin. And the album’s name (two main Moscow musical universities – Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessin’ Academy- are situated symmetrically near Nikitsky Boulevard) is almost conceptual: the trio develops traditions of the Russian pianism, tunefulness and romanticism in the wide interpretation.
It is significant that the album begins with the small “Prelude N.1”, where cello is the soloist. And as for the penultimate track – “Elegy” spread in form – it surely could have been a Postlude ending the cycle. These two pieces could have been perceived as chamber ones showing the influence of Kozlov project “Ars Nova” with his allusions to belle ?poque. But “Blues in D” going after “Elegy ” makes us look at the album from another point of view: Dmitriy is a student of Igor Bryl who is a master of jazz piano blues, but unlike the teacher, Dmitriy puts blues in subtext, and what he has in context – is Eurojazz and ECM-sound. It can be compared with classical trio of Keith Jarrett, if it played only author music or with the group of Yan Garbarek, omitting its leader but ,let say, with its pianist Bob Stenson. And also Michel Petrucciani (especially with the dedicated to him piece “Michel”).
So, “Nikitskiy Boulevard” is a modern European jazz mainstream which easily can be entered into any sound environment – concert, club, jazz radio or even contemporary genre. This music is light in the good meaning of the word, but it deepens the audience into the recent music history. It is ageless because talent and skillfulness are always in great demand. Professionals will appreciate compositions written in Ellington style (there is no clear understanding where the arrangement ends and the improvisation begins). CD is built as an organic whole. Well-defined and well developed themes and improvisations, the texture that transforms three instruments into one super-instrument, almost like Bill Evans does, in a great amount all of this happens due to the leader’s partners - Alexey Zavolokin and Piotr Ivshin. Despite his jazz-rock experience in Transatlantic, Zavolokin reproduces Eurojazz sound quite adequately. Ivshin – a recent wunderkind and today a mature master – would have been demanded in a world jazz center like, let say, Bryan Blade.
However, the fame of “Nikitsky Boulevard” and his leader Dmitriy Ilugdin certainly will outcome the borders of Moscow Boulevard Ring.