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The Second Approach Trio

The Second Approach project's origin is Russian culture, if we mean Fyodor Dostoevsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Marc Chagall and Slavic songs. Their style of improvised music was definitely and unmistakably born in Russia.

What the band performs seems to go beyond standard definitions. It provokes controversy, interest and liking. The leader of the trio is an experienced composer, master of piano improvisation, Andrei Razin, a unique singer, member of well-known Gypsy band “Romen”, Tatyana Komova, and one of the key acoustic bass players in Russia, Igor Ivanushkin, complete the band. The musical arsenal of the Second Approach combines elements of ethno music, modern creative jazz and contemporary classical music.

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…Razin's “Jazz, Please” has a nifty swing and sees its composer making like a trumpet vocally, contrasting sharply with Komova's bolder, Jeanne Lee-like trills. Here, Razin alternates between a spare Monk-like approach and peeling off runs like he's at the Keith Jarrett Speedway (with a J.S. Bach pitstop). The Light is remarkable for its conciseness—while there's plenty of “space” there's none of the self-indulgent dribble-plink-squee meandering that plagues some free-improv sessions. Verdict: Rudd is his usual boss self and these Second Approaches deserve to be more widely heard.

Mark Kerosman, Signal To Noise #54 2009

The music is startling, a fusion of Eastern European folk, classical and whatever style of jazz fits the moment

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A Day For Dave

SoLyd Records
2015

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Beeswing

Leo Records
2012

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Pandora's Pitcher

Leo Records
2011

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Event Space

Leo Records
2010

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37,1°C

One Records
2009

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The Second Approach...

SoLyd Records
2009

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