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Album Review

Boris Kozlov: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Bassist Boris Kozlov, pianist Art Hirahara and drummer Rudy Royston often operate as the rhythm section on sessions for the venerable Posi-Tone Records imprint. Regardless of the leader they are serving, they deliver a coherent foundation and frequently extend themselves beyond the parameters of a conservative, strictly supportive role. In short, it is never predictable what they—collectively and individually—will do next, yet the wheels never fall off, and the music is the better for their dazzling, spontaneous flights. Some of ...


Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Boris Koslov, Leo Genovese, Tomas Fujiwara And More

Read "New Releases From Boris Koslov, Leo Genovese, Tomas Fujiwara And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this week's show we feature new releases from Boris Koslov, Leo Genovese, Tomas Fujiwara, and, Matheiu Robert & Mario Ganua. In between some other recent material and to close a live cut of Noah Howard in 1975 on a European tour.Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Boris Koslov “Flow" from First Things First (Posi-tone) 0:46 Leo Genovese “Fiesta Time" from Ritual (577 Records) 5:08 Tomas Fujiwara Triple Double “Pack Up Coming For You" from March (Firehouse 12) 9:09 Matheiu ...


Album Review

Boris Kozlov: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Bass players don't always get the recognition they deserve. While it's easy to see their importance in the rhythm section, they aren't always the first instrument that comes to mind when it comes to the spotlight. There are exceptions, of course, and Boris Kozlov definitely fits into this category. His Posi-Tone debut, First Things First, highlights his skills not only as a player, but also as a composer and bandleader as well. Anyone familiar with the Posi-Tone catalog ...


Album Review

Boris Kozlov: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by John Chacona

During the early days of pandemic-induced isolation, old folkways and techniques suddenly became new again (remember the shortages of baking yeast and canning supplies?). The old ways are nothing new at Posi-Tone records, which has maintained an unflagging allegiance to swing, juicy melodies and fiery playing. Those qualities, all present on bassist Boris Kozlov's First Things First, situate this recording firmly within Posi-Tone's house style, one that calls back to the glory days of Blue Note Records. So, it's no ...


Album Review

Boris Kozlov: Double Standard

Read "Double Standard" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Selling a solo bass disc--both artistically and commercially speaking--is no easy feat. The demanding physical aspects of such a project, requiring a bassist to have the endurance to sustain perpetual motion and interest on such a behemoth of an instrument, is one problem. Another issue is general marketability. The average jazz fan might be quite happy to sit through a lengthy solo piano or guitar program, but solo bass is another story. While these two areas of concern have led ...


Take Five With...

Take Five With Boris Kozlov

Read "Take Five With Boris Kozlov" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Boris Kozlov:Currently serving as a bassist, arranger and Musical Director for the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's New World Spirit, Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, Alex Sipiagin, Jean-Michel Pilc, and many others. Boris Kozlov was born in Moscow,USSR on December 5, 1967. Having a chance to go ...


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