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Dmitry Baevsky / Jeb Patton: We Two

Read "We Two" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky and pianist Jeb Patton constitute a crackerjack, precision jazz instrument, stretching and bending the fundamentals of bebop into full-blown statements that render the absence of a bassist and drummer superfluous. The individual heroics that one expects of bop are in evidence, but it's the ways in which the duo maneuvers as a unit that really matters. Baevsky and Patton are middle-aged jazzmen with a wealth of experience working in bands, together and separately, all over the ...

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Dmitry Baevsky: The Day After

Read "The Day After" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Imagine a group that, in large measure, references the bebop revolution of nearly seventy-five years ago, yet steers clear of the pitfalls of nostalgia, hero worship, and blatant imitation, and ultimately wins the day with an adroit blend of teamwork and compelling individual voices. For those who believe that nothing good can come from contemporary players choosing to work an all-too-familiar vein of the jazz tradition, I suggest a visit with Dmitry Baevsky's band. Over the past several years, the ...

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Dmitry Baevsky: Over and Out

Read "Over and Out" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

New York based saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky's fourth release as a leaderOver and Out finds the St Petersburg native in a spare setting backed only by bass and drums. With his alto's warm, organic tone in the spotlight, Baevsky interprets a mixture of his originals and standards with intense lyricism and confident and mature bravado. Baevsky endows pianist Cedar Walton's “Turquoise" with an eastern mysticism as his warm, languid saxophone meanders fantastically around the main theme. His clever improvisation ...

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Dmitry Baevsky Quartet: New York, NY April 22, 2012

Read "Dmitry Baevsky Quartet:  New York, NY  April 22, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Dmitry Baevsky QuartetSmalls Jazz ClubNew York, NYApril 22, 2012Going out to hear live jazz is seldom as easy as finding a suitable place, plunking down some hard-earned cash, and then simply taking in the sounds. Befitting a music that once thrived in dance halls, sporting houses and other places where art for art's sake wasn't a priority, there are extra-musical distractions to be tolerated--such as food and drink being ordered, served and consumed; the tittering ...

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Dmitry Baevsky: The Composers

Read "The Composers" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

In some respects, The Composers is cut from the same cloth as Down With It, Dmitry Baevsky's 2010 release on Sharp Nine. The alto saxophonist selects seldom-played compositions from the jazz canon and executes thoughtful interpretations, so that the heads of tunes like Cedar Walton's “Ojos de Rojo," Wayne Shorter's “Mister Chairman," and Duke Ellington's “Self Portrait (of the Bean)" stand quite nicely on their own. A crack rhythm section consisting of pianist David Hazeltine, bassist John Webber, and drummer ...

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Dmitry Baevsky: Down With It

Read "Down With It" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

As jazz moves in many different directions and breaks free from the all too familiar and readily categorized sounds of its first century, how does an artist make bebop sound like something other than an exercise in nostalgia or an academic pursuit? In the hands of the thirty-four year-old alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky, bop is still a vein worth mining. Down With It, Baevsky's third date as a leader, contains an inspired selection of material, smart execution, and some marvelously ...


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