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BCD 31 (Barcode: 5906881885314) ~ RUSSIA ~ Jazz-Rock Fusion

Recorded: 2012 Released: 2012

This is the debut album by Russian guitarist / composer Alex KolosovFind albums by this artist and his group Big SkyFind albums by this artist, which also includes clarinetist Lev LebedevFind albums by this artist, keyboardist Vladimir IvanovFind albums by this artist and drummer Andrey RazdobudovFind albums by this artist. Veteran Polish violinist Michal UrbaniakFind albums by this artist guests on five tracks. The album presents eight original compositions, all by Kolosov, and was recorded at the legendary Rainbow Studio in Oslo with Jan Erik KongshaugFind albums by this artist in charge of the knobs.

The music is a Blues soaked Jazz-Rock Fusion, with rather simplistic melodies and straightforward arrangements that do not challenge the listener. Kolosov uses a distorted guitar sound, which he does not change for the entire duration of the album. Lebedev is kept in the background, although his clarinet parts are the most interesting contributions on the album. The keyboards contribute some background ornamentation and the violin solos are sadly not able to save the day, as they are more or less on the same musical level as the rest of the music, although Urbaniak´s virtuosity can still be heard between the notes.

Overall the album offers little satisfaction to Fusion connoisseurs, with the only point of interest being the fact that it was recorded by Russian players, who are rarely heard beyond their country. Based on what they show here, it is perhaps all for the better.
Updated: 17/06/2018Posted: CD 1 Digipak Recommend To A Friend

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