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Golden Years Of The Soviet New Jazz: Volume 1 - Volume 4  

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Golden Years Of The Soviet New Jazz: Volume 1 - Volume 4 - neurosis01 - Puzzle
Artist: VA
Album: Golden Years Of The Soviet New Jazz: Volume 1 - Volume 4
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Label: LEO
Quality: APE / WV
Recording Date: 1981 - 1994

Golden Years of Soviet New Jazz Volume 1
Disc 1: Guyvoronsky/Volkov -
Disc 2: Sergey Kuryokhin
Disc 3: Valentina Ponomareva
Disc 4: Anatoly Vapirov

Golden Years of the Soviet New Jazz, Vol. 1 is the first quarter of an ambitious 16-CD series chronicling creative music under the communist regime. Leo Feigin (Leo Records, of which Golden Years of New Jazz is an imprint) has produced similar, although less extensive, collections in the past, all out of print. This new set does not reissue material from those collector's items; it draws from previously unreleased material and long out-of-print LPs released in Leo Records' early days. This first four-CD set contains over four and a half hours of music. Disc one is the only one to feature nothing but unreleased recordings, 1985 and 1986 studio material from trumpeter Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky and bassist Vladimir Volkov. "Street Organ" is worth the disc alone. The second serving features pianist Sergey Kuryokhin, mainly solo. Material from the long-deleted LPs Sentenced to Silence and Popular Zoological Elements complete the unreleased 22-minute quartet performance "Second Siberian Concert." Vocalist Valentina Ponomareva is at the center of disc three. An obscure recording of Ellington's "C-Jam Blues" opens the set, but the best material comes from her two LPs Fortune Teller and Intrusion, including her creative interpretation of the Beatles' "Michelle" and the superb "Sheptalki," recorded with a symphony orchestra. The disc devoted to Anatoly Vapirov contains the 18-minute "Lines of Destiny" (from De Profundis) and the complete Macbeth, an ambitious (if not a little pompous) piece for saxophone and chamber orchestra. A 32-page booklet provides historical information. This music is the reason why Feigin started a record label in the 1980s. He put all the care he is known for in this set. Old collectors still attached to their vinyl may find it redundant, but everyone else interested in the development of Soviet avant-garde jazz will value it as the must-have treasure it truly is. Edition limited to 500 copies. AMG
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Golden Years of Soviet New Jazz Volume 2
Disc 1: Vladimir Rezitsky & Jazz Group Arkhangelsk
Disc 2: Orkestrion
Disc 3: Mikhail Chekalin featuring Sergey Trofimov New Jazz Trio
Disc 4: Petras Vysniauskas, Ganelin/Vysniauskas/Talas

The second volume in a series of four four-CD box sets, this installment of Leo Feigin's mammoth tribute to avant-garde jazz in the former Soviet Union pushes the listener into darker, stranger corners of new music. Once again, each disc is devoted to one particular artist or group, and all but the last 37 minutes of music on disc four was previously unreleased. Disc one features Vladimir Rezitsky and his Jazz Group Arkhangelsk, to whom the whole collection is dedicated. The two 38-minute pieces included were recorded in 1992 at the group's 20th anniversary concert. The first piece consists of a loose suite of short tunes representing all facets of the quintet, from traditional jazz to African music and "La Cucaracha." The second piece, featuring over 20 musicians on-stage (including friends Sainkho Namchylak and Vladimir Tarasov), is more interesting. This unrehearsed, one-time meeting took place under festive circumstances, a feeling fully transmitted to the listener. The mood changes considerably for disc two, devoted to Orkestrion. The group from Volgograd contributes two works (over a half-hour each), suites of dark urban reality performed and recorded with limited means. Poetry, found instruments, and pre-recorded tapes are collaged into a depressive but fascinating musical vision that recalls some of the music from Czechoslovakia during the communist regime (Plastic People of the Universe, Manzelé, Národní Trída). The most surprising inclusion in this set is Mikhail Chekalin's "Probability Symphony" (disc three). A synthesizer artist the likes of Peter Frohmader and Artemiy Artemiev, Chekalin recorded this hour-long work in 1994 with Sergey Trofimov's jazz trio. Synthesizers also provide the backbone of disc four, featuring saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas. More disconcerting than volume one, this second offering stretches the boundaries of jazz without losing interest or quality. AMG
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Golden Years of Soviet New Jazz Volume 3
Disc 1: Homo Liber
Disc 2: Vladimir Chekasin Big Bands
Disc 3: Sainkho Namchylak / Tri-O
Disc 4: Andrew Solovyev, Igor Grigoriev, Vlad Makarov

The third installment in Leo Feigin's series of quadruple CD sets documenting Soviet avant-garde jazz in the '80s delivers once again an overwhelming dose of good, challenging music. Only 40 minutes of the five hours of music have been previously available. Disc one, featuring Homo Liber, is the strangest and most interesting. This duo, formed of Yuri Yukechev and Vladimir Tolkachev, has left a short discography, which gives this disc extra value. Their music jumps from classical chamber to free jazz in the nick of time. "In Memory of Andrey Tarkovsky" stands out as a particularly brilliant tribute, even if it avoids the sparseness of Tarkovsky's films (on the other hand, it does pastiche Edward Artemiev's soundtracks in one section). The second disc is devoted to Ganelin Trio's Vladimir Chekasin and his big band projects. Bombastic and filled with references to the history of jazz, "Pathological Music" is from late 1983 and features singer Elvira Shlykova in the lineup. The other piece on the disc is an abridged version (to 40 minutes) of the Leo LP New Vitality. Disc three is split between Sainkho Namchylak and Tri-O. The colorful singer from Tuva is heard in short-lived collaborations with Sergey Kuryokhin's Pop Mechanics and Mikhail Zhukov. This is followed by a handful of tracks recorded in 1989 and 1991 with Tri-O. The group is then represented alone in two of its incarnations (Sergey Letov, Arkady Kirichenko, and Alexandr Alexandrov in 1989, with Arkady Shilkloper in place of the latter in 1988). The last disc of the set features trumpeter Andrew Solovyev, guitarist Igor Grigoryev, and cellist Vladislav Makarov in various groupings between 1983 and 1990. It includes some pretty straightforward hard bop (the group Asphalt), strong free improv (especially the Makarov/Alexander Kondrashkin duets), and a closing 18-minute piece for four overdubbed trumpets by Solovyev. Not as striking as volume two, volume three is also less varied in terms of stylistic range -- a positive thing in this case. Creative jazz fans are more likely to appreciate it in its entirety. AMG
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Golden Years of Soviet New Jazz Volume 4
Disc 1 Vyacheslav Ganelin solo; Ganelin/Chekasin duo
Disc 2 Tarsov/Chekasin duo; Ganelin/Tarasov duo
Disc 3 Vladimir Chekasin Quartet; Chekasin/Vysniauskas Quintet 
Disc 4 The Ganelin Trio 

The final installment in Leo Feigin's four-part, 16-CD series Golden Years of the Soviet New Jazz presents two main differences with previous volumes. First, it is devoted to a single group, the Ganelin Trio and its members Vyacheslav Ganelin, Vladimir Chekasin, and Vladimir Tarasov. Second, of the near five hours of music, only 40 minutes were previously unreleased. That said, does the Ganelin Trio deserve a four-CD set? Yes. Do their out of print LPs from the '80s deserve to be reissued? Yes. So does this fourth volume constitutes a disappointment on the count of the two aforementioned differences? Heck no. Disc one contains Ganelin's 35-minute piano solo from the LP Con Anima, followed by "Home Music Making," the Ganelin/Chekasin duet that filled up one platter of the two-LP set Threeminusoneequalsthree. Disc two continues to explore the various breakdowns of the trio with a Tarasov/Chekasin duet -- the complete 1989 LP Oneplusoneequalsthree: Live in Le Mans -- and a Ganelin/Tarasov duet from spring 1985, one of two previously unreleased recordings. Disc three is given to Chekasin's outrageous quartet with a reissue of its 1988 LP Anti-Show: Sketches of Everyday Life, completed by a funny number with Petras Vysniauskas, "We Love Jazz Standards" (if you have encountered Chekasin's sense of humor before, you know how promising a title like that can be). Disc four presents the Ganelin Trio in all its glory with two LPs recorded in 1981, Vide and Baltic Triangle (the latter abridged). If anything, this box set provides a deeper understanding of the creative forces at work within the trio. Nothing here should be deemed as essential, especially considering the generous amount of music by the trio available on Leo Records, but fans willing to pay the price of admission will be happy they did. AMG


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