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Take Five With Boris Kozlov

By Published: November 4, 2010
Road story: Your best or worst experience: In the middle of "Naima," which I was playing without an amp, my bridge fell off the bass because of the slippery plastic strings I used and me playing too hard. After two choruses, I was able to put it back up and tune up to that Eb pedal. All in front of the audience at St Marks bar in the East Village in 1993.

Favorite venue:

Jazz Standard, NYC.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why? The one that's coming soon, because I hope it's gonna be better than the other ones.

The first Jazz album I bought was: Leningrad Dixieland, Melodia 1976

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Not for me to say.

Did you know...

..that I used to be a pianist and still see the keys when improvising.

CDs you are listening to now:

Various, Songs Of The People Of Russia (CDM);

Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
/Ray Brown
Ray Brown
Ray Brown
1926 - 2002
bass, acoustic
, This One's for Blanton (Pablo);

Steve Coleman
Steve Coleman
Steve Coleman
b.1956
saxophone
/Dave Holland
Dave Holland
Dave Holland
b.1946
bass
, Phase Dance (DIW).

Desert Island picks:

Weather Report
Weather Report
Weather Report

band/orchestra
, Domino Theory (Columbia);

Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
, Mingus Ah-Um (Columbia);

Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
, In All Languages (Polydor);

Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Miles Smiles (Columbia);

Krysztof Penderecki, Symphony #2 (Melodia).

How would you describe the state of jazz today? We need help.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Help keeping the clubs around, bringing young audiences in, asking for some form of state support. On the musical front, being yourself and not playing something the way somebody might want you to play.

What is in the near future? Japan tour with my band, Malfunction Alibi, from Nov 18-29, 2010; tour with Mingus Dynasty in South America beginning of December.

By Day:

A dad.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: Something to do with transport and travel infrastructure.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of Boris Kozlov


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