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Zhenya Strigalev: Blues For Maggie

Read "Blues For Maggie" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Zhenya Strigalev's idiosyncratic Never Group (Whirlwind 2016) takes a rather different tack, opening with the reggae-infused “Not Upset" and utilising a new creation, a so-called “alto box." His deployment of his erstwhile college mate from London's Royal Academy of Music, Chilean guitarist Federico Dannemann is a genius move. It's easy to see why Dannemann is Strigalev's favourite guitarist. His coruscating blues-inflected playing dominates “Pinky." As with the previous album, there's still something of Ornette Coleman about Strigalev's ...

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Zhenya Strigalev: Never Group

Read "Never Group" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev's trio Never Group with drummer Eric Harland and bassist Tim Lefebvre bring its definition of punk jazz with in-ear-your-ear performances with a nonchalant attitude. Recorded over two days in Berlin with a few guests dropping in on the fun, the recording is compelling in its inventive energy. This follow-up to Strigalev's 2015 sextet release Robin Goodie(Whirlwind) finds his tendencies shifting from more traditional jazz to freer and a range of influences. Within the ...

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Zhenya Strigalev: Never Group

Read "Never Group" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Tim Lefebvre was the last bassist to record with David Bowie. He's featured on Blackstar, arguably Bowie's best and certainly most poignant album. Drummer Eric Harland has recorded with Charles Lloyd's Quartet, Dave Holland, Joshua Redman and McCoy Tyner. These two musicians form the essential backbone of Russian-born, London-based alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev's trio who dominate this seventy three minute recording. Guest Bruno Liberda on electronics is not a jazz musician but a composer and academic and plays on four ...


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