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Alex Fantaev. First Kiss. /digi-pack/

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Alex Fantaev. First Kiss. /digi-pack/
For several year now, Alex Fantaev is named the best jazz drummer of Ukraine Ц and it is difficult to argue against such estimation. His universality, ingenuity and technical virtuosity are acknowledged today as exemplary ones a priori already. Accordingly, the fans wondered why Alex did not undertake creating his solo project Ц this question was asked to him more and more frequently. Therefore, it will not be an overstatement if we say that the debut album by Fantaev has been virtually the most expected jazz release 2008 in Ukraine. But even more than that Ц already following the first concert presentations after the recording but before the official release of the disc, "First Kiss" was named the best jazz program of the year. Strange? Rather Ц logical. When a talented drummer embarks on creating his own music Ц certainly, he tries to do something that would interest, above all, himself. In view of the mastery and enormous experience of playing in very varied projects, it must have been not that easy for Alex to interest himself with something unusual, right? But Ц he succeeded. This inflammatory, measured to the most minor details madness has succeeded so much that even during first performances, when live presentation of the program was not yet mastered to perfection Ц the music created the effect of a super-power explosion in the audience. Well, and the studio variant, now, sounds even better.

Alex Fantaev - drums
Nataliya Lebedeva - piano
Kostiantyn Ionenko - bass
Bogdan Gumenuk - tenor sax and flute
Dennis Adu - trumpet

Publisher: Tempora
Catalogue number: 020/06
Year: 2008

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Alex Fantaev

Domestic price: 196.90UAH
International price: $17.90USD
CD1
1. Mp3Yambu
2.  Play 74
3. Mp3DpReview
4.  First Kiss
5. Mp3The Dreams Of...
6.  K-Razey
7. Mp3Rhumba Dancers
 Total playing time: 52:04

Fragments of the compositions marked with Mp3 mark are available for listening. How to listen?

Domestic price: 196.90UAH
International price: $17.90USD
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...And Ц freedom, needed in treatment of the form and details. This is what this album is comprised of Ц well, and a jolt of haphazardness, to spell out in words the somewhat absurd lyricism of the world capable of joyfully and sadly beautiful acts. Even if it doesn't (?) make sense. Exhale and inhale, mind and heart, because otherwise Ц it does not work, it does not dance.
Domestic price: 251.90UAH, International price: $22.90USD

Cherkasy Jazz Quintet. Homage to Freddie Hubbard. /re-edition, digi-pack/.


The album is devoted to work by Freddie Hubbard Ц maybe, the most skillful and multi-style trumpeter in the history of jazz. For two decades, Hubbard, according to data of a questionnaire poll by "DownBeat" magazine competed for the title of the leading jazz trumpeter with Miles Davis..
Domestic price: 130.90UAH, International price: $11.90USD

Konstantin Ionenko. Deep Immersion.


.."Deep Immersion" Ц an album by a bass player, in which he holds all the strings, while still able to stay in the shade. But this strangely shifts "the assembly point". Typically, most attention is automatically attracted to solo moments Ц but...
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Cherkasy Jazz Quintet. Remembering the Beatles. (re-edition). /digi-pack/.


Thus Ц thirteen LP albums by "The Beatles", one song from each. Something is closer to the original, something is farther: jazz is music that is free in its creative search and discoveries. Let us hope that this new CD by Cherkasy Jazz Quintet will turn to be a nice present both for fans of "The Beatles", and for fans of jazz...
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Cherkasy Jazz Quintet. Confirmation. (re-edition). /digi-pack/.


"...In our employees, we appreciate Creativity and the ability of Teamwork, of hearing and supporting each other. In a democratic society we crave for Freedom and dream of living in Joy. Lord, but I have just described JAZZ! In music and in life!.."
Domestic price: 130.90UAH, International price: $11.90USD

Cherkasy Jazz Quintet. We like funky-jazz, and You?.. (re-edition). /digi-pack/.


In fact, this is already the third release of the first album by Cherkasy Jazz Quintet. "Speaking about jazz means wasting the time when one could listen to this wonderful music. The maximum that can be done Ц is raising a glass and proposing a toast to health of our Cherkasy musicians, to these surprising, talented and enthusiastic people..."
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Vladimir Shabaltas. Missing Person. /digi-pack/.


It was his last gig as a leader. As he said, he gave this concert while he felt hungry for jazz and real improvisation. And it was a very inspired, enthusiastic gig, which Shabaltas liked a lot, and wanted it to be released as a CD. All we can do is to make it happen after he's tragically gone...
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Dudko quintet. Sofia.


"Sofia" is not something soft and sweet. Fresh improvisation music with the Slavonic flavor Ц bright and rather poignant music, which in no way fits for serving as just a background. It requires attentive listening, and it is just pleasant to listen to it attentively, to track the line of each instrument...
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ILya Alabuzhev. Recovery. /digi-pack/.


I do not even know whether I should refer to Illya's music as complicated one. Objectively, presumably, yes Ц although, to my mind, its flow and development in every play is so natural, easy that the architecture just steps back to the background. Because in his hands the music matter stops being an abstract idea Ц it comes back to life..
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Strelchenko-Band. My Day.


..it seems that "My Day" is the first Ukrainian jazz album "spin" round the button accordion... Spin perfectly Ц Kostyantyn Strelchenko has proved to be a true master. This refers, sure, to the purely technical virtuosity as well Ц and it does impress. But one would like to separately emphasize another mastery, the internal one...
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Off-Quar-Tet, ShockolaD. Jazz:Kolo:Bez. live. (2CD). /digi-pack/


..two concerts took place on that evening in actual fact Ц and those performances were so different that almost no temptation even arises to compare them with each other. But another thing is always the main one: whether the musicians succeed in revealing themselves in music Ц and, thus, revealing the audience with the music. And here, presumably, there will be no objections: all of that Ц happened!
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Dmitry "Bobeen" Alexandrov, Mark Soskin, Andrew Arnautov, Alex Fantaev. Skhid-Side meets Mark Soskin. (live).


Everything coincides on that spring evening Ц the mood, energy, mastery. And Ц the internal freedom of people who came together to once again create a common language... And we could describe the swift and lyrical Aleksandrov, the artistic Fantaev, thoughtful and easy-going Arnautov, light and deep at the same time Soskin, but music lies Ц in different thing...
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VSH-Ensemble, Vladimir Shabaltas. Acid Menu live. /digi-pack/


VSH-Ensemble can be considered a temporary concert project, a sort of a gamble. However, in view of the quality of the music material represented here, one would like to believe that activity of the project will not be ended thereon Ц in the end, as they say, it is temporary things that last the longest... At all events, it seems that "Acid Menu" has succeeded for one hundred percent.
Domestic price: 196.90UAH, International price: $17.90USD

Z-Band, Igor Zakus. Zakus Was Here live.


Season 2007 was opened and closed with performances by, actually, Igor Zakus with Z-Band Ц and the both concerts have now become constituent parts of this series. At closing of the season, an absolutely new program sounded Ц "Kolomyiky". Well, and the program "Zakus Was Here" sounded during the opening, and it is it that you are going to hear here.
Domestic price: 141.90UAH, International price: $12.90USD

Z-Band, Igor Zakus. Kolomyyky live.


This disc is double exclusive. First Ц as any recording of a live concert, it has fixated instantaneous changes of moods and states of the musicians, fluctuations of temperature in the hall. This is evident. But the main thing Ц now you have in front of you not just a concert by Igor Zakus with friends, but also a presentation of his absolutely new program, "Kolomyyky".
Domestic price: 141.90UAH, International price: $12.90USD

Skhid-Side. SkhidSideMen. /digi-pack/


It is musicians of the group that said about their "SkhidSideMen" album that the world had seen pure jazz. I won't argue Ц as personally I had exactly the same feeling about this music. The feeling of pure, fair, simple in its wisdom Ц fire...
Domestic price: 152.90UAH, International price: $13.90USD

Igor Zakus. Zakus Was Here.


Listen how soft but bright the instrument sounds in his hands, how much of his sincere heart is given to it Ц you can hardly mix this handwriting with anything else. I am sure Ц even if only the bass by Igor Zakus sounded on the disc, it would be a rich, varied jazz album...
Domestic price: 361.90UAH, International price: $32.90USD

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