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YAKOV OKUN Liner Notes to CD "New York Encounter", Criss Cross Jazz. by TED PANKEN: Amongst the international fraternity of improvisers who play in Russia, the abilities of the Moscow-based pianist Yakov Okun are anything but a well-kept secret. At 38, Okun "who leads a strong all-Russian trio with Makar Novikov on bass and Alexander Mashin on drums, and also sidemans with the profound trumpeter German Lukyanov "has toured both in Europe and his homeland with a multi-generational cohort of luminaries, a short-list of which includes Lew Tabackin, James Spaulding, Eddie Henderson, Craig Handy, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Jimmy Greene, Alex Sipiagin, Gary Smulyan, Larry Schneider, and Jeremy Pelt. For a sense of the breadth and strength of Okun’s conception, and his powerful chops, go to Youtube and look for a clip that documents him on the bandstand with the late bebop master Johnny Griffin, who has just finished soloing on “Lover Man,” Okun uncorks a long, relaxed, swinging, “horn-like” solo with enough inventive twists and turns to keep Griffin smiling, clapping his hands, placing hands to heart, and verbally signifying "when the pianist seems ready to conclude his declamation, he compliments him by requesting another chorus. Okun displays similar prowess and scope throughout his Criss-Cross debut, a powerful trio recital with New York A-listers Ben Street on bass and Billy Drummond on drums that spans three Okun originals and five songs drawn from the less-investigated corners of the jazz canon


Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Abe Goldstien

Read "Meet Abe Goldstien" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

You can have your “Dry Cleaner From Des Moines"--we're putting our money on our latest jazz Super Fan from Des Moines. Former adman Abe Goldstien lists his passions as his wife, his two children, and jazz. Retired though he may be, Abe doesn't show any signs of slowing down, keeping up a busy schedule volunteering for ...


New York Encounter

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2011


News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Vocalists, Michelle Walker and Sachal Vasandani Tour Russia, November 22-29

Jazz Vocalists, Michelle Walker and Sachal Vasandani Tour Russia, November 22-29

Michelle Walker Embarks on Double Bill Russian Tour with singer Sachal Vasandani. November 22 - November 29th. DATES & CITIES: TUES, NOV. 24TH - Stavropol, RU WED, NOV. 25TH - Moscow, RU THURS, NOV. 26TH - Moscow, RU FRI, NOV. 27TH - Perm, RU ...


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