The Los Angeles Times has praised Neselovskyi’s “extraordinary playing” while The Guardian (UK) has called him “the most promising of the young improvisers.” All About Jazz recognized his singular versatility, referring to him as “a strong pianist [as well as] a composer who blends form and freedom in new ways.”
Those diverse talents have attracted the attention of revered artists crossing the boundaries of genre, including legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, who famously enlisted Neselovskyi for his acclaimed Generations Quintet; the prestigious Graz Philharmoniker, which performed his composition “Prelude for Vibes” on their New Year’s program; iconoclastic composer/saxophonist John Zorn, who invited Neselovskyi to contribute to The Book Beriah, the final installment of his quarter-century Masada project; and French horn/alphorn pioneer Arkady Shilkloper, a profound influence with whom the pianist now shares a longstanding duo collaboration.
Neselovskyi’s most recent release, Get Up and Go (Jazz Family/Neuklang), earned a rare 4.5-star review from DownBeat, placing it amongst the year’s best releases. The album showcases the meaningful bond forged between the pianist and his gifted bandmates, bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Ronen Itzik, during a visit to Neselovskyi’s native Ukraine at a time of intense political upheaval. The trio’s chemistry has only deepened since that time, through tours of the U.S., Europe, Asia and Mexico, well-received appearances at the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note in New York City, and live broadcasts on France’s Arte TV and Germany’s WDR. They’ll return to Germany in 2019 for a live concert on the SWR network.