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Dmitri Kolesnik: Blues for Dad

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Dmitri Kolesnik: Blues for Dad
2001 Boheme Music
At Knoop Studio

Dmitri Kolesnik on Bass
Alex Sipiagin on Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Eric Alexander on Tenor Sax
Andrei Kondakov on Piano
Lenny White on Drums

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 2, 2006

This is a contemporary jazz mix, dedicated to Kolesnik’s father, a pianist in Kolesnik’s native St. Petersburg. Five of the six tracks are composed by Kolesnik, with one by Andrei Kondakov, and the recording was created at Knoop Studio, also the home of Manfred Knoop’s TWINZ Records in River Edge, NJ. The five musicians blend well and allow for interesting solos from each.

Notable tracks:

#1 –Blues for Dad – Composed by D. Kolesnik. This title track has a nice swing beat and is introduced by Kolesnik’s buoyant bass and White’s soft drums. Kondakov presents energy and passes the lead to Sipiagin on trumpet, before the bass and piano add an interesting interlude.

#3 – Waltz for B. E. – Composed by D. Kolesnik. This tribute to Bill Evans features both Sipiagin and Alexander on trumpet and sax, as well as White’s prolonged percussive solo. Its melancholy mood is consistent and cool, and there were inherent elements that evoked Evans’ spirit and style.

#4 – New York Wind – Composed by A. Kondakov. Kondakov’s lead with White in accompaniment leads to Alexander and then Sipiagin, with creative contrasts in rhythm and tone, some melodic, some dissonant, some soaring beyond. Kondakov alludes to the windy state of New York life with urban, midnight sound.

#5 – White Nights, Gray Days – Composed by D. Kolesnik. Kolesnik conjures a Russian jazz genre, with this bluesy allusion to the long gray daylight of summer in his homeland. This was my favorite track, with its smooth sound, melodic piano, soft brushes, sensual saxophone, fluid flugelhorn, blended bass, and listenable loveliness.

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