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Leo Volskiy: Good News Blues

Read "Good News Blues" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Saint Petersburg is Russia's jazz capital, home to Igor Butman-Bill Clinton's favorite living saxophonist, and chosen for his musical debut by none other than Vladimir “Fats" Putin. Pianist Leo Volskiy also hails from the city, but no longer lives there. After studying at the Mussorgsky College of Music and listening to local musicians at such clubs ...

Myrna Lake: Yesterdays

Read "Yesterdays" reviewed by Samuel Chell

Another album by a female vocalist, another familiar playlist. But hold the assumptions. This is the first and only commercial album by septuagenarian singer Myrna Lake, but that's not the real story here. The recording is noteworthy above all because it refuses to mistake youth for vitality, slickness for substance, or newness for originality.

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Myrna Lake: Yesterdays

Read "Yesterdays" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Yesterdays, vocalist Myrna Lake's second album, follows softly--as opposed to hard--on the heels of her independently released 2002 debut, Close Enough, when she was a spry young thing of 67. A late starter? Well, not really. Lake started singing three-part harmony with her father and sister at age six, and by 14 was performing with the ...

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Ruslan Khain Sextet: Tie It In!

Read "Tie It In!" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza



Count Basie and Duke Ellington are among the musicians who drew bassist Ruslan Khain to jazz.  Their influence is manifested in his music, as he graces his compositions with melody and swing, and keeps an ear open for rhythm and harmony.  This is the stuff that good, solid mainstream jazz is all about, and ...

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Ruslan Khain: Tie It In

Read "Tie It In" reviewed by John Barron

Listening to Russian-born bassist/composer Ruslan Khain's music is like taking a step back in time to the spirited, swinging glory days of hard-bop in the 1950s and '60s. The New York-based musician's debut as a leader, Tie It In, pays homage to the classic sounds of legendary ensembles led by Horace Silver, Art Blakey and Benny ...

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Ruslan Khain Sextet: Tie It In!

Read "Tie It In!" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Change has been a constant in bassist Ruslan Khain's life. He was born in 1972 in Leningrad when the Soviet Union was still firmly and seemingly irrevocably in place. By 1994 when he was studying classical music at the Mussorgsky College of Music, the impossible had happened. The Soviet Union was no more and his home ...