Musical analogues: Craig Chaquico, Neal Schon, Acoustic Alchemy
Album genres: smooth jazz, romantic guitar, new age
Written and arranged by Vitaly Kis’
Record participants: Vitaly Kis’ – guitar, programming, back vocals; Vlad Okunev – percussion; Tigran Grigoryan – grand piano, Rhodes piano, keyboards; Andrey Baslyk – bass guitar; Pavel Timofeev – drums; Alexey Elensky – trumpet; Oleg Skladanny – tenor saxophone; Evgeny Zhuratu – trombone; Dmitry Vlasenko – drums; Vladimir Galaktionov – trumpet; Alexey Lebedev – guitar (4); Denis Prushinsky – tenor saxophone; Dmitry Dankov, Sergey Kovalsky, Inna Tsekhanovskaya, Elena Kis’, Angela Markova – back vocals; Nicolay Kozyrev – programming
Recorded in 1998, 2004 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-09-2012-021
Languages o the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
A new release made of compositions from two previous albums of a very famous Russian guitarist, the compilation has been made with a special intention. Due to it, in “Old Stories” we can see mainly a lyrical side of Vitaly’s talent of a composer and of a performer.
Album reviewThe guitar is a very popular instrument in Russia. But, oddly enough, guitarists who play good instrumental music can be counted on fingers of one hand (“good” music in this case means tuneful , meditative, romantic music performed in a virtuoso way in finger technique, which is rarely used today but which brings heartfulness into the music).
Vitaly Kis’, whose disc “Old Stories” has been recently released by “ArtBeat Music”, is one of such guitarists. The album of his tuneful, tastefully arranged and fine performed pieces can be enjoyed in any situation, but especially in a friendly company or with the beloved one.
Of course, everyone has his own images, but some prompts for them are reflected in the pieces’ titles: they bring you to the hot countries of Latin America or to autumn “Rain Season” of Central Russia, or to the “Walking on the Night Moscow”. Every composition in the disc is a real piece: each has an entanglement, a climax, and a denouement; each contains a story easy to imagine.
So, I can advise you to put the disc into the player, sit comfortable and enjoy the music!