Musical analogues: The Bad Plus, Tigran Hamasyan, Musica Nuda (Ferruccio Spinetti & Petra Magoni)
Album genres: post-jazz, contemporary jazz, academical music, experimental music
Written and arranged by Marina Sobyanina
Record participants: Marina Sobyanina – vocals, piano; Sergey Balashov – drums; Oleg Maryakhin – alto saxophone, baritone saxophone (3, 7); special guest: Andrey Bessonov – clarinet (1, 2, 4), Tatyana Rechnaya – flute (4, 5, 6), Victor Avsagarov – bass (4)
Recorded in 2012 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-04-2012-015
1 CD with the inserted poster (in English) in digipack.
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
Full of drive post-jazz compositions in which melodics of Bartok and Stravinsky are combined with free improvisation and fascinating vocal acrobatics of Marina Sobyanina.
Album review“The second album of the Moscow avant-prog group Jazzator was recorded in the Moscow cultural center “DOM”- the disc’s name takes its origin from here. The disc was mixed in Berlin and released by Alexey Kozlov Foundation “ArtBeat”. So we can see a certain progress if compared to the previous disc “Rough Terrain” that was released via samizdat (self-publishing). The group is a welcome guest at European ...
festivals and the vocalist and composer Marina Sobyanina even studies at the musical college in Switzerland. The saxophonist Oleh Maryakhin has become a constant member of the line-up besides Marina and the drummer Sergey Balashov, the firm triangle construction is “diluted” with the flutist Tatyana Rechnaya and with the clarinet player Andrey Bessonov. After the saxophone was added (mainly baritone) the group’s sounding has become rougher and even more aggressive which is also achieved by Marina’s piano playing technique in sharp Prokofiev style. Her vocal manner has become more diverse, though she doesn’t refuse her famous “spines”, more tender and deeper notes sound in her voice.
On their instruments – pretty acoustic! –Jazzator can easily show the sound of a winding motorcycle, and the rumble of the stones crumbling from the mountain, and the bees’ buzzing, and the moving back and forth of the broken robot; and the spiraled atonic improvisation and the squall of clusters may be followed by lytic and rhythmical piece in Eric Satie style. And the musicians do not lack sense of humor: the last composition in the disc is “Seil” which is the track “Lies” from their first album “Rough Terrain” put back to front. It is not just played backwards but sung back and replayed back! It is listened not less interesting than the original.
This is a group of European level that amazes with its creativity and mastery.”