Russian jazz, Balkan fusion

Two personalities. Two prominent representatives of their national culture. Two carriers of bright charisma. Famous Russian saxophonist Oleg Kireev and Balkan fusion star Vasil Khadzhimanov are joining together to give the public a new reading of their compositions. Everything that you love in Vasil Hadzhimanov’s music will be revealed from unexpected sides thanks to the fresh look of Oleg Kireev. Swing in its best traditions, framed by folk melody; The tempo-rhythm of the modern metropolis, breathing with ethnic polyrhythmia is the “Russian jazz, Balkan fusion”. Tickets online:
8 February 2019

What's cool (to me, at least) about the result is how unabashed the band is in swinging genuinely hard on chestnut exotica like Puerto Rican-born Ellington trombonist Juan Tizol's "Caravan," which Oleg Kireyev turned to as an encore, and seems born to blow, dervish-like.   Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association, USA more