Musical analogues: Eberhard Weber, Lars Danielsson, Bobo Stenton, Charlie Haden, Miroslav Vitous
Album genres: ECM, chamber music, chamber jazz
Written and arranged by Sergey Khutas
Record participants: Sergey Khutas – double bass, grand piano (7); Eugeny Borets – grand-piano (1-6, 8); Sergey Ostroumov – drums (1, 5); Petr Talalay – drums (2, 6, 7); Dmitry Sevastianov – drums (4); Max Kostra – vocal (1); Diana Polenova – vocal (4); Leonid Shupik – soprano saxophone (7).
Recorded in 2012 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB–CD–09–2012–026
Booklet in two languages: Russian and English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
The solo album of famous Russian composer and double bass player is chamber music for heart and mind.
Album reviewThe solo album of Sergey Hutas, the regular member of the Creole Tango Orchestra and the project "Songs of Our Century" (also performed with Igor Butman, Igor Bril, Randy Brecker, Winton Marsalis and other celebrities) released by "ArtBeat music" label, aquaintes the listener with one more character of Sergey - a chamber music composer.
The album begins with a gently sounding double bass with a bow in the composition "Moscow ... Sky". Next comes the transparent piano, a light unobtrusive percussion ... and the image of a man sitting on the roof of the house looking at the sky and thinking about something - thoughts flow in unison with the movements of the clouds...
The second piece, "On the Wave of Summer", perhaps the most jazz in the album - with a solo double bass in the beginning, performed by a classical jazz trio, it perfectly conveys the mood stated in the title.
The play "January" is a mood of winter, blizzard, reflection at the evening window, with which the voice of Diana Polenova adds a romantic note.
Thoughtful, meditative, philosophical melody of the "Belated Waltz", however, is romantic - this must be the waltz.
In the song "Why not?" the only time on the disc is a saxophone, hovering over the unhurried accompaniment of bass, piano and drums ... really, why not?
The compositional solution of the disc is logically completed by the chamber piece "Adagio in M ??Major" - started by a solo piano, it develops harmoniously and ends with a lyrical contrabass solo with a bow in the upper register that creates a special, as if final mood.
Therefore, we can say that "Moscow ... Sky" - both in the emotional and visual series that occurs when listening to it - is a very chamber album and it is better to listen to it alone. To say that such music is needed is to say nothing. Because sometimes it is necessary.