One of the great wonders of modern music is how seemingly disparate genres be assimilated into and reflect each other, with the artist oftentimes unaware.
Out of Nowhere , the brisk and largely high-spirited album from from electric violinist Artyom Yakushenko and Yuri Matveyev, billed as Two Siberians, is a fusion record in the truestand bestsense. Both the opening "Radio Outpost" and a later track, "Vodka Diaries" (featuring guests Don Byron and Richard Bona), have traces of Jamaican dancehall in their rhythmic structures, in addition to bluegrass, bop, classical, and other elements.
"Vodka Diaries" pits the staccato lines of both leaders against Bona's more subtly creeping bass lines, with Byron jumping in late in the track with a typically idiosyncratic solo before all four race headlong to the finish. Bona's presence is more readily felt on the heady "Evidence of Things Not Seen," with vocals by Nina Hennessy.
Two Siberians benefit from the presence of another heavyweight in the form of Michael Brecker, who serves as executive producer and also contributes saxophone on two tracks (actually EWI on one), the lilting, gypsy-tinged "Indigo Breeze" and the most fully-realized song, "Allergic to Gravity." As Brecker takes off on his solo flight, bassist Matt Garrison and percussionist Mino Cielu zip right along with him.
Not that the two leads are by any means dormant or passive. Out of Nowhere is a passionate statement from both that speaks to both the isolating qualities of their home region and the yearnings for communion that insularity inspires.
Track Listing: 1. Outpost Radio; 2. Allergic to Gravity; 3. Cagey Bee; 4. Come With Me
Anyway; 5. Natasha Havana; 6. Amoroso; 7. New Russian; 8. Lake Baikal; 9. On
the Tundra; 10. Vodka Diaries; 11. And then...Nika; 12. Indigo Breeze; 13. Out
of Nowhere; 14. Evidence of things Not Seen; 15. Searching for Power
Personnel: Yuri Matveyev: electric violin; Artyom Yakushenko: electric guitar; George Whitty: synth
and drum programming; Minu Cielo: percussion; Richard Bona: bass (tracks 6,
10,11,13,14), percussion (track 15); Matt Garrison: bass (2,7); Don Byron: clarinet (10,11); Michael
Brecker: tenor saxophone and EWI (2, 12).
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.