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Simon Nabatov

His musical education began at the age of 3, his father, himself a musician, being the first teacher. The Central School of Music and Moscow Conservatory were the next steps. After the whole family emigrated and settled in New York in 1979, Nabatov continued his studies at the Juilliard School Of Music. By that time his interest and involvement in jazz and improvised music grew strong enough to make them his main activity. Since then he performed and recorded with many fine musicians such as Paul Motian,Tony Scott, Sonny Fortune, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Skidmore, Herb Robertson, Louis Sclavis, Charles McPhearson, Billy Hart, David Murray, Paul Horn, Ricki Ford, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Dresser, Jim Snidero, Herb Geller, Dave Pike, Attila Zoller, Matthias Schubert, Barry Altschul, Vladimir Tarasov, John Betsch, Ed Schuller, Arto Tuncboyaci, Adam Nussbaum, Jay Clayton, Ron McClure, Mark Feldman, Drew Gress, Phil Minton, Michael Moore, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Wolter Wierbos and many others. He enjoyed continuous work with Ray Anderson Quartet, Arthur Blythe Quartet, NDR Big Band (Hamburg,Germany), Steve Lacy - Simon Nabatov Duo, Perry Robinson Quartet, Nils Wogram Quartet, Nils Wogram - Simon Nabatov Duo, Matthias Schubert Quartet, Matthias Schubert - Simon Nabatov Duo, Klaus König Orchestra. His own projects and activities include solo recitals, trio with the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Tom Rainey (both based in New York), quartet "Nature Morte" with the British vocalist Phil Minton, multi reed-player Frank Gratkowski and trombonist Nils Wogram (both from Germany), quintet including his trio plus the violinist Mark Feldman and the trumpet player Herb Robertson ( both residing in New York). The most recent addition to the list is the formed in 2003 trio Nabatov - Reijseger - Vatcher

Time Labyrinth

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Waves; Metamorph; Reader; Right Off; Repeated; Choral.

Plain

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Plain; Copy That; Cry From Hell; Break; Ramblin’ On; Slow Thinker; House Party Starting.

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Simon Nabatov: Time Labyrinth

Read "Time Labyrinth" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Simon Nabatov is well-known for his explosive semi-structured presentations and freely navigated improvisational advances within this seemingly limitless musical space. But Nabatov is a composer who often stretches the perceived limits of avant-garde jazz. With this effort, he pursues a largely new approach by employing chamberesque forums via an acoustic-electric platform, intensified by consummate woodwind ...

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Brodie West, Anna Högberg & Veryan Weston

Read "Brodie West, Anna Högberg & Veryan Weston" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Contrasting alto saxophonists highlight this episode. Toronto's Brodie West leads his quintet through a quirky and edgy set of tunes from Clips, while Sweden's Anna Hogberg leads a very free blowing group called Attack, and that's exactly what she does on her recent Lena. Another saxophonist, American Seth Trachy, brought along his mentor, the very respected ...

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Simon Nabatov with Chris Speed, Herb Robertson, John Hébert, Tom Rainey: Plain

Read "Plain" reviewed by Mark Corroto

How fitting is the comparison between the music of Simon Nabatov and a Matryoshka doll? The Russian-born American's music is a nesting of not dolls but musical genres, placed one inside the other. Classically trained as a child, he can often be found in the free jazz wilds, moving easily between European and American brands of ...

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Luca Sguera, Enrique Haneine and Joe McPhee & Dave Rempis

Read "Luca Sguera, Enrique Haneine and Joe McPhee & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is a mixed bag of music of new releases (Gordon Grdina Sextet, Luca Sguera, Enrique Haneine, Dave Rempis & Joe McPhee, and The Necks) plus further listening from recent releases by the likes of Marie Kruttli and Trio, Itaca 4et, Inland Empire featuring Kris Davis, The MacroQuarktet and Simon Nabatov Quintet), and revisits to ...

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Clean Feed’s Latest Releases

Read "Clean Feed’s Latest Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode digs into a number of fine new releases from Clean Feed Records. You'll hear tracks from the Simon Nabatov Quintet, the Scandinavian group Inland Empire (featuring Kris Davis), legendary singer Patty Waters, pianist Kaja Draksler, and the hard-nosed Luis Lopes Humanization Quartet (featuring saxophonist Rodrigo Amado). Also new is the Itaca 4et, a joint ...

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A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part I

Read "A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Herbie Nichols was a master of the piano which has inspired generations of musicians after his passing, despite the little commercial success that his albums obtained when first released. 2019 marks the centennial of his birth and to remedy the lack of retrospectives that his work should have, but hasn't received, this year, this ...

Luminous

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Slip Away; Basket Glide; Vacant Prophecy; Parting; Forty Days; Shards Examined; Great Disparity; Scroll Back; Luminous; Scattered Together; Soothing Mirage; Unfrozen Sorrow.


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