The Corners Five: Live at the Hermitage Theatre
Dmitri Kolesnik on Bass
Eric Alexander on Tenor Sax
Alex Sipiagin on Trumpet
Andrei Kondakov on Piano
Gene Jackson on Drums
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 29, 2013
This CD is a rambunctious set of six vibrant tracks, with lots of brass and drums. There are gorgeous melodies tucked in, but this is a lively collection of the band’s own compositions, with pulsating percussion and occasional languid blues. The Corners Five ensemble includes Dmitri Kolesnik on bass, Eric Alexander on tenor sax, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Andrei Kondakov on piano, and Gene Jackson on drums.
#2 – Russian Caravan – Composed by D. Kolesnik. This dynamic track is driven by Dmitri on bass, keeping the rhythm hypnotic and repetitive, while Gene, on drums, adds a splash of percussion to brighten the momentum. The sax and trumpet are sometimes fused and sometimes in solo flourish, adding harmonies and depth. Andrei, on piano, accompanies with elegant, echoing chords.
#4 – Goodbye – Composed by A. Kondakov. This is a calm, bluesy track with Eric, on tenor sax, at times mimicking a flute, as Dmitri accompanies on deep bass chords. Alex also takes the theme with muted resonance. One is immediately aware of the seasoned skill of this ensemble, as this composition requires merging tonality and musical sophistication.
#5 – Aniuta – Composed by D. Kolesnik. The first half of this piece spotlights the brass duo, while the second half spotlights the piano, with drums and bass accompanying with versatility. Gene varies the percussive volume, taking cues from piano, trumpet, and sax, keeping the drum flourish fascinating throughout.
#6 – Nemesis – Composed by E. Alexander. The entire ensemble goes wild on this track, with some catapulting drumbeats, extra frenzied sax and trumpet, and rippling waterfalls along the piano. Dmitri’s bass, as well, joins in the energized finale, with ebullient effect.