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Igor Butman: Only Now

Read "Only Now" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tenor saxophonist Igor Butman, born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, is one of a number of jazz musicians from Europe and Asia whose love for the music was nourished by nightly broadcasts from the Voice of America. Since emigrating to America in 1987 (he holds dual citizenship), Butman's virtuosity has been recognized by enthusiasts up to and including former president Bill Clinton who has called Butman “my favorite living saxophonist." Wynton Marsalis--in whose Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Butman appeared ...

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Igor Butman: dalla Russia con Jazz.

Read "Igor Butman: dalla Russia con Jazz." reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Igor Butman è il jazzista russo di maggiore visbilità internazionale, grazie ad una carriera di successo che lo ha visto protagonista, in particolare, della costruzione di un ponte tra la scena Moscovita e quella Newyorchese. Grazie ad una mentalità globale ha trovato un equilibrio tra conoscenza della tradizione e immersione nel presente, che ha sviluppato anche attraverso fruttuose collaborazioni con i più influenti musicisti del nostro tempo. All About Jazz: Hai suonato con musicisti del livello di Dave ...

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A Night in Anzio

Read "A Night in Anzio" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Sylvester Ostrowski & Co. Anfiteatro L'Abbraccio A Night in Anzio Anzio 8.7.2021 “A Night in Anzio" nasce dall'idea di un gruppo di musicisti provenienti da ben sei diversi Paesi del mondo che si ritrovano a suonare per la prima volta tutti insieme sullo stesso palco, al fine di celebrare, attraverso la musica, il ritorno alla vita culturale e sociale dopo un anno e mezzo di restrizioni agli spettacoli dal vivo e alla mobilità a ...

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Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of Horace Silver

Read "The Latin Side of Horace Silver" reviewed by Jack Bowers

New York-based trombonist Conrad Herwig began exploring the “Latin side" of various jazz musicians in 1996, with The Latin Side of John Coltrane, which earned him the first of four Latin Grammy Award nominations. Since then, Herwig has done the same for Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and, now, pianist Horace Silver. The formula is trim and solid; choose several of an artist's more notable compositions and recast them in a rhythmic Latin framework. For The Latin ...

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Andrei Kondakov / Igor Butman / Eddie Gomez / Lenny White: Blues for 4

Read "Blues for 4" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Russian music has a mile-wide streak of tragedy and sorrow running through it. If Americans hadn't invented it first, the blues could have been born on the banks of the Volga River, instead of the Mississippi. But it wasn't, so the closest thing to seeing how that might have turned out is Blues for 4, featuring a pair of Russian musicians, saxophonist Igor Butman with pianist Adrei Kondakov, along with American veterans, drummer Lenny White and the great bassist, Eddie ...

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Igor Butman: Magic Land

Read "Magic Land" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Russian sax man Igor Butman uses music from Russian cartoons and movies as the inspiration for Magic Land, where he has the support of a Hall of Fame band--Randy Brecker (trumpet), Stefon Harris (vibes), Chick Corea (piano), John Patitucci (bass) and drummer Jack DeJohnette, who doubles as producer. “Bu-ra-ti-no embodies the music's spirit. Butman's soprano is joyful and the band takes fine advantage of the song's open spaces. He places the ballad “Amazing Far initially in the ...

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Igor Butman Big Band: The Eternal Triangle

Read "The Eternal Triangle" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As an admirer of big bands all over the world, I've waited years to hear a well-endowed, swinging ensemble from Russia, and here at last it is, charging boldly into the labyrinthine Eternal Triangle behind its charismatic leader, tenor saxophonist Igor Butman.

Butman is a jazz superstar in his native country, and his band is so highly regarded that it was invited by none other than Wynton Marsalis to share the stage with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to open ...


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