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Рецензия на диск «Seal of Time». Издание «Jazz World» (Ken Waxman, Toronto).
  • Издание «Jazz World», June 28, 2010
Ken Waxman
Evidence for this is implicit in 2007’s tour-de-force “The Battle” in which Kruglov plays, usually alternately, sometimes simultaneously, soprano and baritone saxophones, flute and basset horn and uses the breath from his horns to vibrate the inside piano strings. Meanwhile, often in unison, Bratukhin batters the piano keys as if he’s playing a prepared clavichord, while Ivanushkin walks and Udanov contributes military-styled rat-tat-tats. Soon the reedist’s glottal punctuation is sliding between baritone saxophone honks and siren-like barks from the basset horn, keeping his lines staccato and presto as the drummer’s beat remains earth-bound. Unexpectedly Kruglov, on soprano introduces a melody that is probably a contrafact of “The Volga Boatman”. His salute to – or is it mocking of – the tradition exhausted, the piece is completed with stops and pumps from the pianist, vibrating along the soundboard for additional dissonance, plus more back of throat gibbering from the flutist.

By 2009, Kruglov’s flutter tonguing and clenched teeth slurs are now mixed with Europeanized lyricism without losing any of his sharper multiphonics. Bratukhin continues to chord methodically when not on solo flight, while Udanov still maintains an unfortunate tendency – not confined to Russian percussionist by the way – to accent every note and tone the others produce.

Udanov sounds better when he thumps and rolls sympathetically. That he demonstrates on “The Ascent”, which also feature the alto saxophonist’s textures becoming wider and more dissonant and mixed with discursive slurs and reed-biting quivers. Russian theatricism also affects the pianist’s solo which during its course creates harmonies that could be associated with Arthur Rubinstein as well as those that relate to McCoy Tyner – then mix them together. Kinetic and portamento, Bratukhin’s accelerating chording furrows a groove within which Kruglov’s emotional vibrato nestles, with the finale equal parts treble reed squeaks and tonal smoothness.

Whether the situation in post-Communist Russia will foster more improvisers such as these, not discourage them, or create circumstances that force musicians to become more radical is opaque at the moment. What is clear is that Kruglov – who has played separately with every member of the Ganelin Trio, the Soviet Union’s contribution to world improv – will certainly be part of his country’s musical future in some way or another.
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