Sounds like: Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond, Lembit Saarsaly and Leonid Vintskevich, Alexey Kozlov and Dmitry Ilugdin
Files under: acoustic jazz, mainstream, European contemporary music
Performers: Oleg Kireyev – saxophone; Evgeny Grechischev – piano.
Recording, mixing and mastering: PC “Tonestudio” of the “Mosfilm” Film Concern; Andrey Levin (recording and mixing); Vladimir Ovchinnikov (mastering).
Photography: Alexander Sternin
Executive Producer: Nikolay ‘BigNICK’ Bogaychuk
Catalogue number: AB-CD-06-2014-069
Language of the booklet: English
Publisher: OOO “ArtBeat”, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4.
Sales Department: +7 (495) 625-33-88
Another album from the anthology of jazz duo recordings which with time had stood out from all products of ArtBeat Music Publishing House. This time a listener will get jazz mainstream of extra class performed by its acknowledged masters – saxophone player Oleg Kireyev and pianist Evgeny Grechischev. Sound and design of the release are of the highest quality as expected for wonderful music.
Album reviewBoth members of this duo share master's status in Russian jazz community, both are well-known among the experts. Oleg Kireyev who made his debut with now already legendary Ufa’s “Orlan” in the late 80s, went to conquer Europe in the 90s, found his way in London and Warsaw; then followed Moscow and a lot of different projects including international ones. Successfully combining music playing with administrative work, Oleg is always in trend, and that is very critical for a modern musician, especially for a jazzman...
...Evgeny Grechischev is not so active in terms of touring life (most probably, because of his teaching activity) but he performs very often in Moscow – as a solo player, as an accompanist, and as the founder of ‘Moscow Jazz Passengers’ quartet, and as the leader of his trio.
And in the end of March this year a concert of the duo Kireyev/Grechischev performed on the stage of “Alexey Kozlov Club” became a really outstanding event – an hour journey into the world of jazz standards and compositions artfully woven into the classic of the genre. Known by heart evergreens by Rollins and Gershwin organically flew into compositions written by Kireyev and Grechischev that were in no way inferior to classic – not in melody neither in availability of perception.
It was a logical sequel of the performance that the duo was offered to record their album under the label “ArtBeat Music”. As a result, in two shifts we managed to record seven compositions (four by Kireyev and three by Grechischev) as well as Gershwin’s lullaby “Summertime”, one of the most frequently performed jazz standards.
The album, without false humbleness, was a real success: the partners feel each other very subtly – play their own parts and very tactfully, I’d say “deliciously”, accompany to one another.
The musicians promised to prepare for the presentation something new having intrigued us. OK, we will look forward to the event…”
Nikolay ‘BigNICK’ Bogaychuk, Executive Producer “ArtBeat” Project