Musical analogues: Larry Carlton, Mike Stern, Robben Ford, Chuck Loeb, Frank Gambale.
Album genres: jazz rock, funky fusion
Written and arranged by Igor Boiko
Record participants: Igor Boiko – guitar; Vadim Naumov – keyboards (1-4), programming (2); Evgeny Sharikov – bass guitar (1-4); Andrey Shatunovsky – drums (1); David Grout – percussion (1); Mikhail Savin - tenor saxophone (3); Yuri Semenov – drums (3, 4); Igor Butman – tenor saxophone (5), Yuri Pogiba – keyboards (5-7); Anton Gorbunov – bass guitar (5-7); Piotr Ivshin – drums (5-7); Vlad Okunev – percussion (5, 7-9, 12), Vladimir Danilin – accordion (6); Yulia Nachalova – vocals (7); Maxim Nekrasov – harmonica (8,10), Andrey Kondakov – keyboards (8, 9); Anton Revnyuk – bass guitar (8, 9); Sergey Ostroumov – drums (8, 9); Sergey Manukyan – vocals (9), Evgeny Pankov – vocals (9), arrangement of brass section (9, 11); Oleg Grabak – trumpet (9); Maxim Likhachev – trombone (9); Vladimir Prikhozhay – keyboards (10), mini moog (11, 12), Hohner-D6 clavinet (11), Alexey Podymkin – grand piano (10), Rhodes piano (11, 12); Terry Taylor – bass guitar (10-12); Ronnie Burrage – drums (10-12); Alexey Botychenko – trumpet (11), Alexander Michurin – trombone (11); Konstantin Goryachiy – Hammond organ (12)
Recorded in 1996-2008 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-09-2012-029
Languages o the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
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A compilation album of a famous Russian guitarist and composer, 12 compositions from his 6 albums recorded from 1996 to 2008. A special edition for collections of connoisseurs and lovers of contemporary instrumental music.
Album review1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008.
These are the years of releases of the albums, where 12 tracks for “Anthology” (2012) were taken from. 12 years passed from the first to the last track of the compilation, a full astral circle. The surprising fact is that Boliko hasn’t changed his music preferences during these years, but all the compositions of the album sound very modern in form as well as in content. It’s worth mentioning that the term “evolution from simple to complex” cannot be applied to Boiko: the musician had raised the bar from...
“Anthology” is published both with style (each page of the booklet contains a cover of an album the pieces had been chosen from, their titles, the record participants) and with intelligence: the compositions are successfully selected according to character and to mood: form ballades with fine emotional improvisations to compositions with explosive, full of drive guitar solos performed by Igor Boiko and by invited musicians. By the way, in 12 tracks of “Anthology” we can hear 28 musicians playing – and what musicians! It is sufficient to name Igor Butman, Sergey Manykyan, Andrey Kondakov, Vladimir Danilin, Anton Gorbunov, Maxim Nekrasov, Yuri Pogiba…
There are two dedications among the compositions of the album – “Tones for Stern”(dedicated to Igor’s friend and one of the most renowned guitarists of our days, the American musician Mike Stern, the track is a concert version of the piece in performance of “Igor Boiko Band”) and “Goodbye, Mr. Hammer”, a dedication to Vladimir Molotkov, a legendary Ukrainian guitarist and teacher who has been a long-time friend of Igor.
The album, undoubtedly, will be interested to fans of fusion and other experiments with merging of different musical styles. And in the end, I’d like to quote Andrey Makarevich’s words from his annotation to one of Boiko’s albums,:” And as for genres, just two of them exist: good music and, let’s say, no-music.This music is good”.