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Dudko quintet. Sofia.

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Dudko quintet. Sofia.
If it is already in your blood – you cannot escape from it... In 2004 Denys Dudko left the jazz laboratory Skhid-Side for the rock group Okean Elzy – and simultaneously replaced the contrabass with the bass guitar. But several years ago he suddenly in parallel took part in the project UpSide3 – they performed and even released the wonderful album "Octopus". Then – the project by Svyatoslav Vakarchuk "At Night" appeared, and Denys Dudko played far not the last role in creation of jazz arrangements for it. Thus, if this is in your blood... Therefore, presumably, no wonder that you see now the first album of a new jazz project by Denys Dudko – so, it was only the question of time. Nice. The nicer that "Sofia" is not something soft and sweet. Fresh improvisation music with the Slavonic flavor – 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. Take only the parties by Fantanaev, which, actually, does not play "sheer" solos, but virtually all through the disc one feels his playing as an integral varied improvisation, free fantasy based on a topic – although groove does not suffer either as a result of that at all... And the winds section? Dennis Adu and Bogdan Gumenyuk almost weightlessly lead lyrical themes – and no less easily and convincingly offer sporadic emotional splashes, which make blood start boiling... Well, and so on, and thus on the whole the entire album is as if a well-aimed punch, a breath of cheerful air. And it leaves the impression – of great but surprisingly balanced energy.
Dennis Adu - trumpet, flugelhorn
Bogdan Gumenyuk - saxophones
Alexey Saranchin - piano
Alex Fantaev - drums
Denys Dudko - bass

Publisher: Comp music
Catalogue number: 9460302
Year: 2010

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Dudko quintet

Domestic price: 180.60UAH
International price: $12.90USD
CD1
1. Mp3Sevastopol
2.  Sofia
3. Mp3Feast & Hunting
4. Mp3First Words
5.  My Hero
6.  Oh, These Games!
7. Mp3D minor
 Total playing time: 42:02

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

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Reviews (1)

  Владимир , Днепропетровск, Украина
10-01-2012 14:18

Считаю данный альбом одним из лучших своих приобретений ушедшего года. Все композиции - авторские! Хотя, мне показалось, что не везде удались джазовые интонации: временами слышалось звучание, как-бы, народного оркестра, временами - духового. Но, может так и было задумано... Понравилось торжественное, величавое звучание духовых в "Sofia", дуэт трубы и саксофона в "Feast & Hunting" + соло на фортепиано. Достаточно профессионально сыграно Деннисом Аду сложное по технике исполнения соло трубы в "Oh, These Games" (правда, в среднем регистре, но это, наверное, не значит что верхним регистром Деннис не владеет). А вообще-то, духовые явились в данном альбоме своего рода "тяжелой артиллерией",полноценным дуэтом, которому была отведена главная роль в реализации идеи альбома. И они с ней достойно справились. О Денисе Дудко можно сказать, что это уже сложившийся музыкант, умеющий к тому же сочинять музыку (то же самое можно сказать об Алексе Фантаеве). А вот Денниса Аду я считаю самым перспективным украинским джазовым музыкантом. Я помню его еще мальчиком, когда он играл в Криворожском детском биг-бенде и уже тогда исполнял короткие импровизированные сольные партии. Думаю, что со временем его имя станет известно и по другую сторону Атлантики.
Оформление альбома - неудовлетворительное (отсутствуют статья и фото). Издатели (и распространители) джазовой музыкальной продукции должны понять: статья и фотографии являются непременным атрибутом современного альбома! Цель фотографий: "страна должна знать своих героев"! Цель статьи: презентация музыкантов. Это если Вы хотите, чтобы джазовая музыка (а не попса и низкопробный "шансон") была достаточно востребованной.
И последнее. Не воспринимайте все здесь написанное мной слишком серьезно. Я всего-лишь любитель джаза.
С уважением, Владимир Андреев.