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 paricipants: Igor Boiko – guitar; Vladimir Prikhozhay – keyboards, co-arranger; Valeriy Dayneko – vocals; Evgenia Bragantseva – vocals; Vladimir Galaktionov – trumpet; Maxim Nekrasov – harmonica; Igor Satsevich – bass guitar; Alexander Sapega – drums
Recorded in 2012 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-09-2012-027
Languages o the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
Contemporary instrumental music with blues intonations in the improvisations, jazz harmony and melodic themes. Several pieces sound in the manner close to academic (especially in the arrangements). But in the whole, the album is created in the form clear to every listener and partially it has a song format.
Album reviewThe seventh (!) solo instrumental album by the famous composer and guitarist Igor Boiko “Anything Can Be” is totally completed in a musical and emotional recital, it includes 11 pieces. The author himself calls the majority of the compositions as “pieces of ballade kind”, but the framework of the concept should be widen to “contemporary jazz ballade”. The album sounding in general tends to easy listening, light and flamboyant melodies typical for Boiko are endued with fanciful harmonic colors and elements of orchestral arrangement, never seen before in his music. The main emotions are simple and...
...clear: the music is light in sorrow, it is optimistic in joy, it’s hearted in love. Despite the calm tempo of many compositions their inner rhythm is rich and multifarious: it immediately encircles a listener, prompting him to think not with semibreves, but with quavers and semiquavers. The pieces themselves go beyond the frameworks of traditional interpretations of any genre – which is typically for author music of a high level.
We also should pay tribute to the choice of instruments which play the main themes .Besides guitars of Igor Boiko, they are performed by his old friends, and as for the traditional Boiko’s technique – “vocal as an instrument” – it is advantageously presented in the title composition “Anything Can Be”: the theme and improvisation is performed by the prominent singer Valeriy Daineko. Tender female voice gently goes in unison with guitar in the compositions “Pages of Memory” and “Stroll in the Rain”. Filigree “harp” (harmonica) by Maxim Nekrasov gratifies with its unique sound, and very dramatic composition “My Dear Mama” is voiced with trumpet by Vladimir Galaktionov, sounding then softly and then piercing. And of course, it is worth mentioning keyboards sound and keyboards parties played by Vladimir Prikhozhay. Despite the fact that keyboards are not the solo improvising instrument, the harmony texture created by them is so subtle and whimsical that we can feel the hand of a great master. And as for the rhythm section (Byelorussian musicians: the bassist Igor Satsevich and the drummer Alexander Sapega from “Apple Tea”) it goes without comments – only with compliments).
In the conclusion we should put an accent on the fact that the album has proved to be specific: on the one hand, we undoubtedly recognize the manner of Igor Boiko but on the other hand, we are marveled with novelty of colors and harmonies. Experts in his music who got used to drive and hot rhythms probably would be a bit disappointed. But I am deeply convinced that the wide audience will appreciate the tunefulness of the compositions in “Anything Can Be” and sophisticated musicians will treat respectfully the rich compositional harmonic and melodic thought of the author of this fine album.