'Golden Years Of Soviet Jazz' Vol2
- Dear Simon,
Yes, Orchestrion did split long ago, the poet and the leader of the project
Serguey Karsaev is working for the Volgograd TV as a producer, but you can
find more (and, to my taste, even better) of them on Leo's Document(New
Music from Russia).
Arkhangelsk also does not exist for 2 reasons. Its leader Vladimir Rezitsky
used to organize the first and the best Soviet/postSoviet new jazz
festival, but failed to cope with financila turmoli. The festival ceased to
exist as did his Group and he did almost a year ago of heart
attack,provoked, no doubt, by the hardships of the provincial Russian
life(BTW, I write about all that jazz (in Russian) in a Russian
illustrated weekly simply called "the Weekly" ( both on and off-line
Chekalin SHOULD NOT be included in the collection since he has nothing to do
neither with jazz nor with the Golden Era of Soviet (!) jazz (the recording
was made in the mid-90s). Being the Russian Klaus Schulze, Chekalin is
talented enough to fake sort of swing (or call the specific jazz drive),
but his pure electronic works are farther superior to the trio work.He
definitely is not an "ensemble" player.
Ganelin-Visniauskas duo is the nearest to the Golden Era of Soviet jazz -
they actually did one performance as a substitute for the great Ganelin
trio of the mid-80s- with the percussionist Talas - I think this
performance is also on Leo Records.