Lev Polyakin | The Other Side of the Road

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The Other Side of the Road

by Lev Polyakin

Compelling jazz violin album by a winner of international violin competitions, containing his beautiful original tunes plus charming new takes on favorite standards.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Ain't Misbehavin' Lev Polyakin
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2. Nuages Lev Polyakin
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3. The Other Side of the Road Lev Polyakin
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4. Blues in G Lev Polyakin
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5. Stroll to the Five-and-Dime Lev Polyakin
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6. Baroque Requiem Lev Poyakin
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7. St. Thomas Lev Polyakin
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8. C Jam Blues Lev Polyakin
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9. The End Lev Polyakin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Inspired and influenced in his early years by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Erroll Garner, Stephane Grappelli and the Beatles, among others, Lev Polyakin sustained an abiding love of jazz throughout all his years of classical training and professional playing.

After growing up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Lev completed his studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Yuri Yankelevich and Leonid Kogan. At age 21 he was appointed co-concertmaster of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. In that position he was regularly featured as soloist, with many of his performances recorded by Melodia. Lev emigrated to the United States in 1980, joined the first violin section of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1982, and is presently assistant concertmaster. In addition, he serves as concertmaster of the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen Music Festival.

In 1984 Lev became a prizewinner of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in London; among his honors was the Albert Frost Prize for best performance of a Beethoven sonata. Two months later at the Romano Romanini International Violin Competition in Brescia, Italy, he was awarded the Gold Medal and Special Prize for best performance of Bazzini's “Round of the Goblins." In addition to his solo performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Lev has appeared as soloist with the London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Classical recording credits include Melodia, BBC, National Public Radio, and Decca. His first jazz CD was entitled “Russian Blue." He plays a violin made by Giuseppe Dall' Aglio, c.1820, and a bow by Jose L. DaCunha, made in the summer of 2001.


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Jazz violin was never so sweet, lively and charming. This album of sassy, snappy styles from early jazz to smooth bossa nova with new takes on standards from Gershwin and others to beautiful original tunes, is one that fills the table like a 12-course buffet. From a winner of international violin competitions, this dazzling CD will make any atmosphere sparkle with that extra little touch of magic.

Tamara Turner, CDBaby

Jazz violin was never so sweet.
Jazz violin was never so sweet, lively and charming. This album of sassy, snappy styles from early jazz to smooth bossa nova with new takes on standards from Gershwin and others to beautiful original tunes, is one that fills the table like a 12-course buffet. From a winner of international violin competitions, this dazzling CD will make any atmosphere sparkle with that extra little touch of magic.

BebopDude

snazzy, ,dazzling, sarcastic, funny, virtuosic, sentimental, this cd covers all
Never mind Polyakin's classical background......eat your heart out, Jascha H...this fiddler will surprise you at every turn with irrepressible humor, imagination, sheer virtuosity and great collaboration from his colleagues........every track is alive, sound is great, not a boring moment, great fun...........buy it!

Listener from California

A wonderful CD with very broad appeal. Lots of wit, beauty and virtuosity.
A friend from Cleveland turned me on to this CD and its featured violinist who plays in the Cleveland Orchestra. The album has no weak tracks; the original songs are beautiful and fun, and the standards are well played, with lots of wit and viruosity.Lev Polyakin is an exceptionally accomplished classical violinist but he still really swings in jazz. Fans of Grapelli will like this, as will many lovers of good music, since it is very accessible and broad in its appeal.