Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
First Rays Of The New Rising Sun; Rise; The Land Of Green Verticals; Crescent; Blvd. A.D. 1/5; Juice; Hey You; Thomasovich; Escape; Beyond The Sky; Go For It; Transcendental.
Additional Personnel / Information
George Grydkovets: guitar; Valentin Korniyenko: bass; Pavel Galitsky: drums; Dennis Adu: trumpet.
"Rise" is a debut album of George Grydkovets - an aspiring Ukrainian guitar connoisseur who's currently residing in New York. In "Rise" he is backed up by some of the biggest figures of his home city's jazz scene: Valentin Korniyenko on bass, and Pavel Galitsky on drums, also featuring Dennis Adu playing trumpet on a few of the tracks. This album, consisting of original compositions, is a sort of a parting gift to home and serves to be a serious and grateful bow to his previous experiences, yet is filled to the brink with optimism towards moving forward in life. "Rise" is a part waking call to the new day, part an exploration of the joys and experiences that this day will undoubtedly bring. It begins with the gentle twilight of a fresh morning, changing into the album's title track "Rise" that brings with it energetic sunshine and sets the listener off on this day's journey. The album continues to masterfully weave together deep and slightly melancholic feelings with life-loving energetic joy, both gracefully complementing each other, serving to enrich one another through contrast. "Rise" wisely leverages the talent and experience of all the featured musicians, providing everyone just enough space to share their take on George's music. Bringing in some blues influences, musicians transition into "Blvd. A.D. 1/5" - a very personal piece that changes from being leisurely to busy and back again. "Tom" is as energetic as the featured trumpet, "Hey you" is an older piece, tastefully translating progressive rock influences into the language of jazz. "Escape" is one of the high points of the album that succeeds in bringing the atmospheric side of Trio's music to the next level. "Beyond the Sky" offers the most ethereal sound providing the feeling of graceful flight and is picked up by "Go For It" - a track meant to inspire the flier to positive action. Its meditative mood ends up immersing listeners and serving as an evening piece that helps the whole album to finish by mirroring its own beginnings with an evening twilight of "Transcendental". In the end, "Rise" is a story of a single complex and joyful day, but most importantly - a day worth living.
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