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Yuri Goloubev: Of Chocolate Cake & Other Simple Metaphors

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After a highly successful career in one of the world's greatest classical ensembles, the Moscow Soloists, Russian double-bassist Yuri Goloubev decided to turn his back entirely on this world to heed another calling: jazz.



Responding to his lifelong passion, Goloubev established himself in Milan, Italy, where in the past five years he has recorded an impressive number of sessions and fully established himself on the national jazz scene.

As one-third of the short-lived but highly impressive trio SGS, Goloubev established a musical partnership with drummer Asaf Sirkis and pianist Gwilym Simcock which produced the excellent SGS Group Inc. Presents... (Music Center, 2008).

Goloubev's collaborations with Sirkis dated back several years and they have plans to record again. In the meantime, Gouloubev has teamed up once again with Simcock in the talented pianist's highly lauded trio alongside drummer James Maddren which recorded one of last year's best albums, Blues Vignette (Basho Records, 2009).

A highly distinctive double-bassist with a wonderfully resonant arco sound, Goloubev also found the time between a heavy gigging schedule to record his third album as leader, the impressive Metafore Semplici. (Universal, 2009) This highly melodic recording which is a subtle compositional synthesis of his classical and jazz experience, underlines Goloubev's song writing talents and reiterates the claim that he is one of the very best double-bass players on the circuit today.


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