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Vlad West: Green Light

Read "Green Light" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Green Light finds pianist/composer Vlad West (aka Vladimir Sermakashev) working in the same mode as his previous release In My Corner, so much of the “shock of the unexpected" is gone.

Furthermore, that which was shocking before (the very high level of keyboard technique, musicianship and advanced harmony, contrasting with a quite harsh electronic ...


Vlad West: In My Corner

Read "In My Corner" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Everyone evolves as life proceeds, and musicians are no exception. However, In My Corner, recorded in 2011, almost twenty years after Say Hello To Russia, is so different from the latter as to give one pause.

Vlad West is back on the keyboard, which was his first instrument, and it sounds electronic, but those ...


Vlad West: Say Hello To Russia

Read "Say Hello To Russia" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist/saxophonist/composer Vlad West could possibly be the best known unknown musician in jazz, at least in the U.S. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan as Vladimir Sermakashev, his first instrument was piano, and as a child prodigy, outgrew his teachers by the age of nine. He then switched to saxophone and jazz, becoming the top player in Baku ...


Pianist Vlad West Releases "Green Light"

Pianist Vlad West Releases "Green Light"

ALVE Recording Co. Proudly Presents a new release by pianist Vlad West Vlad West, a noted jazz pianist who has played with numerous luminaries including Duke Ellington, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Tony Scott and Clark Terry, and is known in Europe as Vladimir Sermakashev, has released his second album Green Light. Commemorating his work with Robin ...