All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

25

Konstantin Ionenko Quintet: Deep Immersion

Budd Kopman By

Sign in to view read count
The dark-toned, subtle, inviting and yet vaguely dangerous Deep Immersion represents electric bassist Konstantin Ionenko's project as a leader (and sole composer), the other being Flow from the Deep Tone Project, which he co-leads with guitarist Alexandr Pavlov.

Ionenko does not hide this music's antecedents, which are sixties hard bop, complete with the two-horn front line declaiming the theme in unison, supported by a piano trio. However, this is no slavish copy of that era's aesthetic, nor even that of today's neo-hard-bop mainstream.

Anchored by Ionenko's slick, polished, finely honed bass sound and unpredictable rhythms and note choices, his compositions roll out logically and are allowed to take their time to develop. The music is highly emotional, either on the romantic side, as in "Devoted" or "Deep Dive," or the energetic, slightly angry side, as in "Barracuda," "Sect" or the intense "Invisible."

All of players shine at one point or another, especially, and most naturally saxophonist Dmitri Shlelein, (who evokes Greg Osby to these ears) and trumpet/flugelhorn player Dennis Adu, but also pianist Pavel Litvinenko when he steps out to the front; drummer Pavel Galitsky is solidly in sync with Ionenko every step of the way.

Ionenko's music is deeply felt; one cannot help giving in to it and "immerse" in its sensuousness. Both horns affect a softened, gauzy sound which is supported by the piano's lush chords. There is a kind of intellectual sexiness to this music, mixed with a playful seriousness. The large sound stage matches the wide open emotional ambiance, but this is balanced by the simultaneous attention to detail and small-scale touches which continually surprise.

Deep Immersion is excellent and intelligent music, well conceived and extremely well-played. The future awaits for more from Ionenko and the musicians who surround him.

Track Listing: Yellow Greenwich; Barracuda; Devoted; Deep Dive; Sect; Invisible; Megapolis Distress (CFS).

Personnel: Dmitri Shlelein: alto saxophone; Dennis Adu: trumpet, flugelhorn; Pavel Litvinenko: piano; Konstantin Ionenko: bass; Pavel Galitsky: drums.

Title: Deep Immersion | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Fancy Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
Read more articles
Noema

Noema

Fancy Music
2016

buy
Flow

Flow

Fancy Music
2015

buy
Deep Immersion

Deep Immersion

Fancy Music
2015

buy
Noema (Japan)

Noema (Japan)

Core Port
2015

buy
Noema

Noema

Fancy Music
2015

buy

Related Articles

Read iQba - Jazz Meets Cuban Timba CD/LP/Track Review
iQba - Jazz Meets Cuban Timba
by Troy Dostert
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Globe Unity - 50 Years CD/LP/Track Review
Globe Unity - 50 Years
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Murals CD/LP/Track Review
Murals
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Accelerator CD/LP/Track Review
Accelerator
by Doug Collette
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Little Big CD/LP/Track Review
Little Big
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: October 21, 2018
Read Shades CD/LP/Track Review
Shades
by Doug Collette
Published: October 20, 2018
Read "Cull the Heard" CD/LP/Track Review Cull the Heard
by Samuel Stroup
Published: September 4, 2018
Read "Close To You" CD/LP/Track Review Close To You
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 12, 2018
Read "Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics" CD/LP/Track Review Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 5, 2018
Read "Tenderly featuring Gilad Hekselman" CD/LP/Track Review Tenderly featuring Gilad Hekselman
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 30, 2017
Read "Songs of Experience" CD/LP/Track Review Songs of Experience
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 1, 2017
Read "Provenance" CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Geno Thackara
Published: November 11, 2017