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Deep Tone Project: Onward

Read "Onward" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Another fine collection of contemporary jazz from the Ukrainian collective band Deep Tone Project. The personnel is unchanged from their first album Flow (Fancy Music, 2014). But the compositional input is even more democratic. Previously split between guitarist Aleksandr Pavlov and bassist Konstantin Ionenko, this time a third of the tunes come from the pen of ...

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Top 25 "Recommended" Album Reviews: 2016

Read "Top 25 "Recommended" Album Reviews: 2016" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is recommended, and the reviews listed below represent our top 25 published in 2016.

Local Color
University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One 2014-15
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 9, 2016

Blues, Ballads, and Beyond: ...

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Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

So many reviews this year, in so many genres, that I've split them into two categories--"Jazz" and “Latin, World & Experimental"--in response to the feeling that I was trying to compare apples to oranges. They're presented in more or less chronological order, and the guiding principle was whether I had a clear memory of the recording ...

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Konstantin Ionenko Quartet: Noema

Read "Noema" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Ukrainian bassist/composer Konstantin Ionenko introduces a striking new quartet on Noema. His previous release Deep Immersion (Fancy Music, 2013) was a quintet with piano, trumpet and saxophone. Only Ionenko and drummer Pavel Galitsky remain from that group, joined by new members Dima Bondarev (flugelhorn) and Alex Maksymiw (guitar). There was precedent for working with a guitarist, ...

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Konstantin Ionenko Quartet: Noema

Read "Noema" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist and composer Konstantin Ionenko continues to experiment with formations as he returns with yet another revised lineup on Noema. The name refers to a Greek word meaning “thought" or the content of thought. Recorded in Kiev, Ukraine and mastered in Moscow, the quartet album consists of eight original Ionenko compositions that bridge European chamber jazz ...

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Tokyo Label Core Port Releases "Deep Immersion" by Bassist & Composer Konstantin Ionenko

Tokyo Label Core Port Releases "Deep Immersion" by Bassist & Composer Konstantin Ionenko

Over the last decade, Konstantin Ionenko has been engaged in several jazz projects spanning different countries, though only a small number of which were recorded and released. A solo project was just a matter of time as Ionenko's composing talent has been highly praised by colleagues and audience alike. His debut release Deep Immersion contains seven original ...

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Konstantin Ionenko Quintet: Deep Immersion

Read "Deep Immersion" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The dark-toned, subtle, inviting and yet vaguely dangerous Deep Immersion represents electric bassist Konstantin Ionenko's project as a leader (and sole composer), the other being Flow from the Deep Tone Project, which he co-leads with guitarist Alexandr Pavlov.

Ionenko does not hide this music's antecedents, which are sixties hard bop, complete with the two-horn ...

Deep Tone Project: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Flow might just be the perfect record for late-night, candle light-and-wine listening with that special someone. As the music comes out of the speakers, it floats and softly envelops the room in deep violet, making time stop for the duration.

If the group can be said have a leader, electric bassist Konstantin Ionenko would ...

Deep Tone Project: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the recent headlines there is a cultural history in Ukraine that has influenced much of Europe and Western Asia since the middle ages. Under the Soviet regime, much of the country's classical and religious music was banned while the region's folkloric music not only thrived but, after Ukrainian independence, remained a defensive mechanism to counter ...

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Two Konstantin Ionenko Releases on Fancy Music

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Two recent releases from the Russian Fancy Music label feature Ukrainian bassist Konstantin Ionenko (they also have drummer Pavel Galitsky in common). Ionenko holds down the low end with an electric bass guitar, but the group sound on these recordings is primarily acoustic, with a bass approach similar to what a double bassist would play--no slapping ...