Musical analogues: Frank Zappa, Henry Cow, National Health, King Crimson Projects, Matching Mole
Album genres: progressive rock, fusion, space rock
Written and arranged by Alexander Kostarev (1-8), Sergey Medvedev (3, 6, 8)
Record participants: Alexander Kostarev – guitar; Ekaterina Morozova – keyboard and pedal bass; Roman Bobrovsky – drums; Gennady Lavrentyev – tabla (2), violin (8); Yuri Lopukhin – flute, saxophone (8); Andrey Pankratov – drums (8), Nicolay Dobkin – bassoon (8)
Recorded in 2000 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-09-2011-005
Languages of the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
Classical music form, polyphonic texture, electronic area outrunning the time, competing in density and complexity with Ozric Tentacles, masterly guitar parts played in shred technique, metal-double-pedal drum base, notes of ancient India sounding is Sanskrit… all of these is album “Kosmobob: Vegetarian”.
Album reviewThe release of “Kosmobob: Vegetarian” was long and thorny but in the past years the album has become legendary and cult simultaneously. And now the details.
First, Alexander Kostarev is a virtuoso guitarist with his unique manner, an ideologist of art-prog-rock and experimental music, a creator of his own studio, a famous teacher of guitar mastery, he is well-known and respected both in our country and abroad. Second, his band “Kostarev Group” which celebrated...
...the 35th anniversary a year ago is a cult group not only among the art-prog experts but, what is especially honorable, among the colleagues of music guild. Third, “Kosmobob: Vegetarian” contains the historical records, miraculously made in the period since the end of 70-s of the last century till the beginning of the new age. They clearly show that “Kostarev Group” is a unique band which can be put in a line with such great innovators of the second half of the XX century like Frank Zappa and Robert Fripp and his “King Crimson”
You are listening to – without false modesty! - a time-tested masterpiece.
From “ArtBeat Music” release
The disc released in autumn 2012 was recorded in 2000, on the eve of the promised doomsday. There is an opinion that Armageddon has been postponed only for Alexander Kostarev to eliminate all the flaws of the record and release his work. On the side, the album compositions had been written mainly long before the 2000th (since 1977 till 1984), nevertheless they sounded newly and freshly by the time of the record. They still sound in the same manner and the reasons for it are: the time outrunning presentation of rhythmic section, timeless music language and difference from anything familiar. So, music lovers do not have similar associations, everyone finds something of his own.
And now – who Kosmobob is. In autumn 1997 at Festival “Fokom” “Kostarev Group (at that time called Alexander Kostarev Quadrophonic Sound Theater) debuted composed of Alexander KOStarev (the guitar), Ekaterina MOrozova (the keyboards, pedal and keyboard bass) and Roman BOBrovskiy (the percussion). They began with the revised art-rock and jazz-rock pieces by Keith Emerson, Mahavishnu John McLauphlin, “Chick” Corea, etc. and old compositions by Kostarev that sounded very contemporary in new interpretation. Then the name Kosmobob appeared formed from the first letters of members’ surnames. And in the album Vegetarian the first band vegetarian Gennadiy Lavrentiev (the violin, table) debuted. The drummer Bobrovskiy was very young at the moment of recording but he managed to add a lot of strong metal drive. Ekaterina Morozova substituted a small orchestra plus 2-3 electronic musicians: basses, electronic fields, riffs, themes, counterpoints, pads… she did all this work to construct a musical building of the album. Alexander Kostarev had only to raise the roof – not the roof of the building – but the top of the audience entering it. That’s what he did with the help of his legendary 29 fretted guitar by the nickname “Crocodile” and the roaring harmonica. And in the end – about the vocal. To the opinion of the album creators it is very good: first of all, because there is no vocal in the album, and secondly, the album is listened in the same breath and overtakes you to an extent when you don’t have time to notice the absence of vocal.”
From the author’s album review