Ideally, jazz music should always sound fresh and new. The melody should breath freely and the rhythms should be diverse. A jazz musician needs to be sensitive, a virtuoso performer of musical themes, a composer and a master of improvisation. When we say “evergreens”, it becomes obvious that the subject of a discussion will be about jazz standards. The problem is how to perform the "same old tune" in such a way that the interpretation will be different from that of other musicians. This improvisation should be exciting to colleagues and keep jazz lovers inspired.
The year 2000 became truly significant: for me. By the will of destiny, I found myself in New York City, where I was lucky enough to meet brilliant musicians, such as Vanessa Falabella, Mark Soskin, Paul Meyers, Cafe Edson Da Silva and many others. I discovered that despite their long, successful and creative careers, not one of these musicians has lost the youthful enthusiasm for their craft.
“Plantation” was a Brazilian bar, in New York City. This was where I had the opportunity to perform with many outstanding musicians and learn musical styles that were new to me. During my years of living in the "Big Apple", I have also learned to play ethnic and popular music. However, jazz has always been my outlet. This style of music is more natural for me than all the other styles. . Some people call jazz “mainstream” and others call it “Be-Bop”.
The idea to record an album, which mainly consists of jazz standards, materialized and came to life from New York’s air, electrified by jazz. In the album “Come Rain... or Come Shine”, jazz standards alternate with my own compositions. I could not hold myself from not submitting to a purely boyish temptation of having to put my original tracks next to the compositions by classical composers, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen and Irving Berlin. In my own compositions, I tried to use folk melodies as a foundation to form music close to folk standards.
The album “Come Rain or Come Shine” is dedicated to my parents. Thanks to their untiring interest in music. I was constantly exposed to music played on the piano, LP recordings of popular music and music played on the radio. A collection called “Songs of Radio and Cinema” helped to arouse my serious interest in music education.
Thanks to Alex Titov for his ideas, optimism and effective support.Thanks to Dr. Jesse McCarroll for his unique point of view of the United States toculture. Also much gratitude to my teachers – Nikolay Levinovsky and Vladimir Zaremba.
Thanks to musicians: Cafe' Edson Da Silva, Arkady Figlin, Oleg Butman, Boris Koslov, Dmitry Kolesnik for their inspired performances.
Also thanks to all of my colleagues – the brotherhood of musicians – and to all who were, in one way or another, involved in the creation of this album.