Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

63

Kazhargan World: Wonderful Times

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Technology has irrevocably altered everything in its path; the way recordings are made is no exception. A century ago, a nine-person aggregation would have had to hover around a single recording device, playing together, in order for all the participants to make it onto the same record. Now, the members of a nonet don't even need to be on the same continent as one another and everybody can add their parts to the mix at their own leisure. These are wonderful times for those looking to utilize technology to reach out to musicians and artists beyond their own backyard, and this ideal is at the root of Kazhargan World's philosophy.

The members of this international consortium reside in different corners of the world, and many never met one another, but that didn't stop them from banding together in the spirit of creation to make music. Russian pianist Stanislav Zaslavsky spearheaded this project, closing the distance gap between Oklahoma, Germany, New York, Russia and Tennessee to create a cohesive recording. Naysayers may look at such a project and point out that group chemistry is developed over time, and that technology and literal distance can breed a certain sterility and impersonal connection between strangers on the same musical train. They would be right to a certain extent, but musical dialogue and the potential for opening oneself to cross-continental collaboration shouldn't be ignored because it comes with a downside.

Those issues pop up on occasion during this twelve song program, but this band overcomes them during the majority of these times. While a cooperative spirit surrounds this music, the undeniable star is German trumpeter Hans Peter Salentin. His horn is at the center of the most magnetic musical happenings here, and his ability to adapt to, and thrive within, different surroundings is an asset. He can create mood in a non-moving environment—a la Miles Davis—and he is capable of providing fireworks to enliven the party. Cheryl Pyle's flute, which is occasionally too high in the mix, is another important ingredient used for soloing and flavoring. Both of those artists, along with several others, keep things interesting on top while Zaslavsky's keyboard work and electric bassist Sean O'Bryan Smith's slippery lines create texture and interest below.

While this album might have found more focus with a consistent balance between all of the instrumental personalities at play and the removal of several spoken word poetry pieces, the end result is still something marvelous to behold. Zaslavsky has bravely ventured into territory that many are afraid to explore and, in doing so, he's opened a door to pan-global musical communication that many will likely walk through in the future.

Track Listing: Wonderful Times; Children Of The World; Mayan Prophecy; Other Constellations; After Time; Spirit of Discovery; Invisible Celebration; Live Under Water; My Motherland; Irene Was Here; All Day Rain; Cuban Snow.

Personnel: Stanislav Zaslavsky: piano; Hans Peter Salentin: trumpet; Cheryl Pyle: flute, vocals; Max Ridgway: guitar; Brian Mitchell Brody: saxophone; Tony Cimorosi: double bass; Sean O'Bryan Smith: electric bass; Papa Z: drums, percussion.

Title: Wonderful Times | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Live At Moods CD/LP/Track Review
Live At Moods
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Everything's OK CD/LP/Track Review
Everything's OK
by Doug Collette
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically CD/LP/Track Review
Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones...
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Legacy CD/LP/Track Review
Legacy
by Doug Collette
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Other Life Forms CD/LP/Track Review
Other Life Forms
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Runner in the Rain CD/LP/Track Review
Runner in the Rain
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 15, 2018
Read "The View from Here" CD/LP/Track Review The View from Here
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: May 12, 2018
Read "Elker" CD/LP/Track Review Elker
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 13, 2018
Read "The Subject Tonight Is Love" CD/LP/Track Review The Subject Tonight Is Love
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 31, 2018
Read "Tales From The Dreaming City" CD/LP/Track Review Tales From The Dreaming City
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 30, 2018
Read "It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen" CD/LP/Track Review It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 12, 2018
Read "Journey Moments" CD/LP/Track Review Journey Moments
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: July 18, 2018