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by Jack Bowers
This is the third album I’ve reviewed by Russian-born jazz artist Eugene Maslov, and I’ve yet to be disappointed.
Maslov, a classically trained pianist who swings, has technique to spare and a talent for split- second decision-making that never lets him down. Whatever the path, he’s always walking in the right direction. And walking is what he does best and most often on The Fuse Is Lit, eloquently interpreting half a dozen of his own compositions, the standards “One for ...read more
by Jack Bowers
Two first–rate albums by classically trained Russian emigré Eugene Maslov whose technical prowess is equaled only by his fondness for American Jazz. The first features Maslov’s trio (bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Omar Hakim) all the way, the second a trio (or trios) with guests Shirley Horn and Toots Thielemans added on two selections apiece. When I Need to Smile, apparently the earlier of the sessions, is a polychromatic showcase for Maslov’s impressive talents but if I’d been supervising the production ...read more
by Dave Nathan
An expatriate from the former USSR, Eugene Maslov's second album for Mack Avenue Records and 3rd overall (the first two were for the now defunct Brownstone label) features four of his originals and sundry other tunes making up an assortment of nine tunes. He is joined by two first rank hard bop and modern jazz players on today's scene, Bill Evans' former bassist, Eddie Gomez, and drummer Omar Hakim whose resumé lists stints with George Benson, David Bowie and Miles ...read more