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    Vladimir Rezitsky, Orkestrion, Mikhail Chekalin*, Petras Vysniauskas*Golden Years Of The Soviet New Jazz Volume II

    Label:Golden Years Of New Jazz – GY 405/408
    Series:Golden Years Of The Soviet New Jazz – Volume II
    4 x CD, Limited Edition
    Style:Free Improvisation, Avant-garde Jazz


    1-1Vladimir Rezitsky / Jazz Group Arkhangelsk*Vibrating Planet (Jazz Group Arkhangelsk 20th Anniversary Concert)
    Bass, VoiceNikolai Klishin*
    Drums, VoiceOleg Udanov*
    Percussion, Instruments [Small Instruments], VoiceNikolai Udanov*
    Piano, Trumpet, Instruments [Small Instruments], VoiceVladimir Turov
    Saxophone [Saxophones], Voice, Music ByVladimir Rezitsky
    1-2Jazz Group Arkhangelsk* And Friends Vladimir RezitskyUntitled
    Drums, VoiceKen Hyder
    Leader [Ensemble]Oleg Shikunov
    Leader, Concept By, Conductor, Music ByVladimir Rezitsky
    PerformerEugene Bogomolov
    PianoHans Schutler
    TromboneHeinz-Erich Godecke*
    TrumpetVladimir Popov (2)
    2-1OrkestrionSuite For Zakanalka
    Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Trumpet, PercussionSergey Matyukhin
    Clarinet, Bass, Violin, Piano, Voice, Flute, Flute [Cambodian], Idiophone [Handsaw], Tape [Pre-recorded Tape], Sounds [Specific Sounds], Text By [Two Poems]Ravil Azizov
    Drums, Idiophone [Kettle], Idiophone [Wet Glass], Gong [Gongs], Cymbal [Prepared Cymbals]Alexey Belitchenko
    Engineer [Sound Engineer]Ravil Azizov, Sergey Balakin
    VoiceElena Chashchina*
    Voice, Gong [Gongs], Percussion, Tuba [Tubaphone], Cymbal [Cymbals]Sergey Karsayev*
    Written-ByR. Azizov*, S. Karsayev*
    Xylophone [Xylorimba], Glockenspiel [Campanelli], Wood Block, Temple Block, Harmonica, Gong [Gongs], Voice, DrumsAlexander Sauro
    OrkestrionSuite "Garden-Prayer-Abyss"
    Drums, Performer [Resonators], Piano, BellsVyacheslav Mishin
    Electronics [Live Electronics], Voice, Cymbal, Percussion, Trombone, ClarinetRavil Azizov
    Voice, Text By [Poetry], Voice Actor [Radio Recitation]Sergey Karsaev
    Written-ByR. Azizov*, S. Karsaev*, V. Mishin*
    Level Up2-2Garden15:30
    Level Up2-3Prayer6:57
    Level Up2-4Abyss15:00
    Mikhail Chekalin* Featuring Sergey Trofimov New Jazz TrioProbability Symphony In The Style Of Jazz In Five Parts For Four Players
    DrumsValery Zhilin
    Electric GuitarSergey Trofimov*
    Engineer [Sound Engineer]Alexander Aizenshtadt, Sergey Platonov
    Saxophone [Saxophones]Yuri Belenko
    Synthesizer, Voice, Piano, Mixed ByMikhail Chekalin*
    Level Up3-1Part 18:32
    Level Up3-2Part 222:42
    Level Up3-3Part 35:12
    Level Up3-4Part 423:17
    Level Up3-5Part 56:01
    4-1Petras Vysniauskas*Albino's Movements
    Alto Saxophone, Written-ByPetras Vysniauskas*
    Synthesizer [Yamaha DX7]Faustas Latenas*
    4-2Ganelin* / Vysniauskas* / Talas*Inverso
    Alto Saxophone, Soprano SaxophonePetras Vysniauskas*
    Electric Guitar, Strings, PercussionGrigory Talas*
    Piano, Keyboards [Casio MT65], Synthesizer [Roland JX-3P], Drum Machine [Boss DR-110 Rhythm Graphic], Written-ByVyacheslav Ganelin

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    Disc 1:
    #1 & 2 All previously unreleased recordings; recorded at "Jazz Days" Festival in Arkhangelsk, 1992

    Disc 2:
    #1 Composition for voices, chamber ensemble, pre-recorded tape, specific sounds and two poems.

    "Dedicated to all nameless musicians, poets, painters, geezers and other people of Zakanalka who prematurely passed away of depression, hashish, alcohol, rotten air and "social progress"."

    Recorded May-June 1990 in Volgograd.

    #2 to 4 Recorded September 1987 in Volgograd

    All previously unreleased recordings

    Disc 3:
    #1 to 5 Recorded May 21, 1994, live at the theatre "Sovremennik", Moscow. Previously unreleased recording

    Disc 4:
    #1 Recorded January 1988 in Vilnius. Previously unreleased recording
    #2 Recorded end of 1984. Previously released as LP, Leo Records LR 140.

    Limited edition 750 copies

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode: 5024792405022
    • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): 855.884.A GY405 manufactured by kdg
    • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): 855.884.B GY406 manufactured by kdg
    • Matrix / Runout (Disc 3): 855.884.C GY407 manufactured by kdg
    • Matrix / Runout (Disc 4): 855.884.D GY408 manufactured by kdg
    • Label Code: LC 5417
    • Other (Cat # Disc 1): GY 405
    • Other (Cat # Disc 2): GY 406
    • Other (Cat # Disc 3): GY 407
    • Other (Cat # Disc 4): GY 408


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    Reviewing volume one of this series focusing on Soviet jazz from the 80s and 90s (The Wire 214) Ben Watson highlighted his problems with the term "Soviet New Jazz" and cogently summarised the correlation berween what it means to be an artist in a totalitarian society and the resulting ironic humour. This latest instalment largely concentrates on the darker side of that equation. <...> As Leo Feigin reports, Chekalin has "made it his aesthetic, social and political concept not to conform, mix or collaborate with anyone else" and has worked exclusively out of a basement studio in Moscow. The only exception was in 1994: Chekalin's "Probability Symphony In The Style Of Jazz" was a collaboration with a trio led by Ukrainian guitarist Sergey Trofimov, which featured saxophonist Yuri Belenko and drummer Valery Zhilin. It's a labyrinth lasting 65 minutes, anchored by the elaborate sonic landscapes Chekalin weaves from his synthesizer. The feeling of infinite space and Chekalin's scorched textures are challenged by a rhythmic bumpiness and constant asides<...>"
    Philip Clark / The Wire, 2002, UK.
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    "<...> It's rich, eventful, consistently enjoyable: there's stirring playing from Belenko, but everyone at one point or another produces moments of real excitement, originality or grace. <...> This set takes a big chunk out of your life, but it repays concentrated listening. Little "real jazz" here, it has to be said, but much gripping improv and post-modern chamber music."
    Barry Witherden / Jazz Review, 2002, USA.
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    "<...> Finally, the great. I've never heard of synth virtuoso, Mikhail Chekalin, before, perhaps because he seems to spend most of his time holed up in his studio. However, this music is what we used to call 'progressive' before the name got misappropriated by Yes, Pink Floyd and any band featuring a 20-minute drum solo. this is music to stir the blood. The quality of the playing and the empathy between the musicians suggests a much longer association ...> Music that doesn't comb its hair or say 'please' or 'thank you'. Ironic really, but jazz in the Soviet Union is perhaps the only proof of Trotsky's Theory of Combined and Uneven Development. It seems to have passed to a state of free jazz without passing through a state of swing and bebop."
    Duncan Heining / Jazzwise, May 2002, UK
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    "<...> To describe the reclusive Mikhail Chekalin as Russia's Jean-Michel Jarre would be doing him (Chekalin) a disservice, but with a discografy of over forty solo albums of cosmic synth music to his name, Chekalin's fame has managed to spread far beyond Moscow, where he chooses to work alone in a self-designed basement studio.<...> and is an amazing (if at time exasperating) sixty-five minute journey into the no-man's land between musical genres.<...> In short, it sounds like nothing else you've ever heard - too odd and disjointed to space out to, but far too scattered and blurred to appeal to those expecting a Russian Return to Forever, yet fascinating enough to make this listener at least want to search out more work by this obscure keyboard wizard. "
    Dan Warburton / Signal to Noise, 2002, Paris Transatlantic Magazine March 2002, USA