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The latest entry of the Russian Folk Songs series for UK-based Leo Records find the father and daughter team, Evgeny Masloboeva and Anastasia performing with Moscow's prominent new jazz artists, resulting in this fascinating gem. It's an unclassifiable brew in the literal sense. Russian folk is predominately evident throughout many of the abstractions and jazz-tinged momentums. They explore dark, creaky corridors, free-form improvisation, and infuse melodically satisfying modalities and stark tonal contrasts, as the ensemble alternates roles on various tracks. Nonetheless, the program proffers a captivating rite of passage.
Anastasia's angelic voice casts sacred ground on the stunning piece, "Nora (dedicated to Evgeny's granddaughter)." She also performs on the Russian stringed-instrument cymbalo that sounds similar to a dulcimer. Firmly rooted in the folk spectrum, Anastasia's exquisite vocals cast notions of a sanctified aura and sparsely populated by Arkady Shilkloper's solemn Alpine horn lines, generating depth and a perception of distance that layers a broad aural experience into a tantalizing folk-ballad. And Evgeny Masloboeva's understated percussion implementations add a subliminal pace to the proceedings. He implicates a degree of regimentation, combined with an unobstructed view, enabling the piece to breath amid a sense of antiquity and reverence that shades the hallowed vibe. Indeed, a superlative listening experience on many musical fronts.
Personnel: Anastasia Masloboeva: voice, cymbalo; Evgeny Masloboev: drums, percussion, metal objects; Arkady Shilkloper: French horn, Alpine horn.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.