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Boris Kozlov


Two-time Grammy Award winning acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger, Boris Kozlov has been on New York and international jazz scene for the past 20 years. Currently serving as a Bassist, Arranger and Musical Director for Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's New World Spirit, Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, Alex Sipiagin, Jean-Michel Pilc and many others.

Boris Kozlov was born in Moscow ,USSR on December 5, 1967 . Having a chance to go to Children's Music School to study piano for 7 years, he fell in love with the bass and won Gnesin Music Academy competition to enter college at the age of 15 on electric bass guitar. While being influenced by rock and classical music, he took interest in jazz at 17 and went on to study acoustic bass with a notable bassist Anatoly Sobolev. Upon graduation in 1987 with Diploma of Honor at the age of 19, he served mandatory 2 years in the Soviet Army, where he had to play tuba and other brass instruments besides basses in the military band.


Personal Preference

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Path; Flyover Country; Blended; Seeley Street Song; Yesya; Grit; Pa'lan'ga; Niecee; Here To Stay; Waltz For Olena; You May Have Already Won.


Love & Peace

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Lovely; Ganas; Gracias A La Vida; Soul Purpose; Anticipation; Alabama; Composure; Simon; La Malinche; Battle Fatigue; Peace.


And That Too

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Grit; Nefertiti; Cosmological Constant; North Winds; Black Keys; Hole In The Wall; Left Hanging; Cantus Firmus.


Green Thumb

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Good Afternoon; Green Thumb; John Prine; Stu's News; Walker Evans; Slingshot; Kendee; All The Things You Are; Street Food; But Beautiful.


Article: Album Review

Altin Sencalar: In Good Standing

Read "In Good Standing" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

In many ways, In Good Standing is a jazz aficionado's dream. Trombonist, composer, and arranger Altin Sencalar's inaugural disc as a leader for Posi-Tone encourages granular, analytical consideration. It is worthwhile to pause and think about the details of inspired performances, ponder the efficacy of Sencalar's original compositions and interpretations of gems penned by jazz giants, ...


Article: Liner Notes

Conrad Herwig: A Voice Through the Door

Read "Conrad Herwig: A Voice Through the Door" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

In the challenging economic and political climate of present day, it seems that much time is spent on matters of only fleeting importance. Furthermore, it seems that our culture has experienced a paradigm shift that places more emphasis on immediacy and instant fulfillment and less on rumination and appreciation of more profound matters. On the one ...


Article: Album Review

Josh Lawrence: And That Too

Read "And That Too" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Less than ten seconds into “Grit," the opening track of Josh Lawrence's latest chapter as a leader for Posi-Tone Records, the trumpeter uncorks a jaw-dropping solo. Set in a brisk, no-nonsense tempo, it does not so much eclipse the music that follows as it sets the tone for the record by declaring that And That Too ...


Article: Album Review

Diego Rivera: Love & Peace

Read "Love & Peace" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

While some of its roots lie in jazz practices of the mid-to-late twentieth century, Diego Rivera's Love & Peace brushes aside the expectations and comparisons which often accompany newly-recorded records that bear a resemblance to sounds from the past. The tenor and soprano saxophonist assembled a cast of players who frequently appear on ...


Article: Album Review

Something Blue: Personal Preference

Read "Personal Preference" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Marc Free produced the second edition of Something Blue to encourage “a wider audience of new listeners" to jazz by presenting “a focused program of concise performances to provide maximum enjoyment." These goals are congruent with Free's trust in his artists. The eleven tracks of Personal Preference do not smack of compromise or a nebulous artistic ...


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