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Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Read "Journey Moments" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In lineage with his previous releases--notably Sounds of Brasil (self produced, 2011) and Intersection (Origin, 2016))--bassist/band-leader/composer Ark Ovrutski's fourth release Journey Moments is a tightly wound, expertly realized collection of five originals and four like-minded covers that nudge Ovrutski closer to the upper ranks of today's jazz.

Journey Moments creates an overall sense of ...

Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Read "Journey Moments" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In listening to this music, each song, solo, and split-second decision can be defined as a journey moment. Every single one, large or small, plays as a parallel or reflection of life's rich travels, bringing to light thoughts and emotions both firm and fleeting in nature. And in the sum total of them all, where action, ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Another year is almost in the books. And while there were many things to fret about in 2016, a lack of good music wasn't one of them. A quick look back at the year reminds us that jazz legends remain strong, rising stars continue to rapidly ascend, newcomers are making their presence felt, and the dearly ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ark Ovrutski: Intersection

Read "Intersection" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ukrainian bassist Ark Ovrutski arrived on American soil just over a decade ago, and he's been rather busy ever since. A nonstop go-getter from his earliest days, Ovrutski immediately made the most out of that move, steadily working his way into the ultra-competitive New York jazz scene and seeking out opportunities to further his playing and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution

Read "Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The back panel of drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Onward & Upward is adorned with a telling quote from spiritual teacher/writer Ernest Holmes. His statement, that “evolution is proof of an irresistible urge which pushes everything onward and upward," could be applied to myriad topics, but it truly captures the essence of jazz drumming through time; it ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ark Ovrutski: Sounds of Brasil

Read "Sounds of Brasil" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il bassista ucraino Ark Ovrutski si è trasferito a New York cinque/sei anni fa. La grande mela è una città che offre a tutti la possibilità di confrontarsi con tutti, a cominciare proprio da altri immigrati che hanno la mente aperta e la voglia di trovare nuovi spunti provenienti da altre culture. E di mischiarli con le ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Spotlight: Sounds of Brasil, Ark Ovrutski Quintet

Spotlight: Sounds of Brasil, Ark Ovrutski Quintet

The Spotlight Series highlights upcoming Latin Jazz musicians that have yet to reach national recognition. Many of these musicians thrive in local scenes and some tour in support of releases. All these musicians contribute greatly to the overall Latin Jazz scene, and they deserve our “spotlighted" attention. Sounds of Brasil
Ark Ovrutski Quintet The world is filled with cultural ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ark Ovrutski: Sounds Of Brasil

Read "Sounds Of Brasil" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What does a Ukrainian-born bassist, who spent the first four decades of his life based primarily in Eastern Europe, know about Brazilian music? This skepticism-filled question might run through the minds of people who hear of bassist Ark Ovrutski's background, but the music on Sounds Of Brasil will instantly squelch any doubt about his skills in ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Ark Ovrutski

Read "Take Five With Ark Ovrutski" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Ark Ovrutski:

Ark started building his career in Kiev,Ukraine. By the time he graduated Kiev music college and moved to Moscow where he graduated Russian Academy of music in 1992. In the mid-1990s, Ark left Moscow and relocated to Poland, where he became highly-regarded through performances in multiple groups. From then, Ark's performance and ...