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Nick Levinovsky: Special Opinion

Read "Special Opinion" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Legendary Russian pianist, composer/arranger Nick Levinovsky delivers a masterpiece of an album on Special Opinion superbly supported by friend, saxophonist Igor Butman and his Moscow Jazz Orchestra. The leader offers a non-traditional session of music presenting a taste of Funk, fusion, jazz-rock, a tinge of psychedelic and yes, even good old contemporary straight ahead stuff--all in one varied package of big band music. Though now based in New York, where he lives with wife, singer Kathy Jenkins, since 1983 Levinovsky ...

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Nick Levinovsky Sextet: Kind of Red

Read "Kind of Red" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Although the program appears to be made up of individual compositions, in fact they are all part of a suite which depicts various aspects of composer, pianist Nick Levinovsky's life experiences. Regrettably, in his liner notes, Mr. Levinovsky is quite vague about what these experiences might be. But we know that he emigrated from the former Soviet Union and one assume this music reflects what he faced there and thefforts he made to get to the United States. All the ...

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The Nick Levinovsky Big Band: Listen Up!

Read "Listen Up!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Nikolay (Nick) Levinovsky came to the U.S. from Russia nearly a decade ago to seek fame and fortune, but wound up leading a Jazz big band instead (only kidding, Nick!). Listen Up! is the band’s debut recording, and if it doesn’t cause one to listen up, there’s scant hope for big bands anywhere. I don’t know at what conservatory Levinovsky learned Jazz composition, but he must have lingered near the head of the class — he is an outstanding ...


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