Legendary Russian pianist, composer/arranger Nick Levinovsky delivers a masterpiece of an album on Special Opinion superbly supported by friend, saxophonist Igor Butman and his Moscow Jazz Orchestra. The leader offers a non-traditional session of music presenting a taste of Funk, fusion, jazz-rock, a tinge of psychedelic and yes, even good old contemporary straight ahead stuff--all in one varied package of big band music. Though now based in New York, where he lives with wife, singer Kathy Jenkins, since 1983 Levinovsky has been a long-time member of Butman's various Russian big bands serving as the main arranger and pianist for his ...read more
Although the program appears to be made up of individual compositions, in fact they are all part of a suite which depicts various aspects of composer, pianist Nick Levinovsky's life experiences. Regrettably, in his liner notes, Mr. Levinovsky is quite vague about what these experiences might be. But we know that he emigrated from the former Soviet Union and one assume this music reflects what he faced there and thefforts he made to get to the United States. All the music on this CD is composed by Levinovsky, except for Chick Corea's Blues for Liebestraum" included to commemorate the time ...read more
Pianist Nikolay (Nick) Levinovsky came to the U.S. from Russia nearly a decade ago to seek fame and fortune, but wound up leading a Jazz big band instead (only kidding, Nick!). Listen Up! is the band’s debut recording, and if it doesn’t cause one to listen up, there’s scant hope for big bands anywhere. I don’t know at what conservatory Levinovsky learned Jazz composition, but he must have lingered near the head of the class — he is an outstanding writer and arranger, not to mention Jazz pianist, and his ensemble is as well–endowed as any that one would expect ...read more
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