The Sergey Zhilin Trio Tchaikovsky In Jazz Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
Numbered, Limited Edition 180g Vinyl!
Jazz versions of classical opuses date back to the 1930s. A piece titled Bach
Goes to Town recorded by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and arranged by Alec
Templeton, one of the first attempts of interaction between jazz playing and
Bach’s style, entered the jazz annals.
In Russia, Leonid Utyosov’s orchestra successfully worked with themes by
Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. The big bands of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman
sometimes used themes from classical pieces in their compositions as well. In
the 1950s and 1960s, those trends found development in the so-called baroque
jazz. Nevertheless, by the end of the 20th century, interaction between jazz
idioms and the language of academic music became in most cases a novelty nearly
losing its flavor.
However, the Sergey Zhilin Trio's new work Tchaikovsky in Jazz: The Seasons
(reworked by Yuri Markin) has shown that the idea of jazzifying classical
compositions is not just alive, but also at times able to deliver surprising
results. Firstly, the choice of pieces proved to be absolutely accurate.
Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons belongs to the repertoire of senior grades of children
music schools and primary courses of music colleges. The numbers are hackneyed,
habitual and even somewhat simple for advanced musicians. But suddenly these
pieces expose a musical depth and a capability of musical development which
would be even hard to imagine.
Secondly, when jazz piano mainstream turns to chamber, if not salon, music of
the 19th century, it gets creative impetus so powerful that the seemingly
typical texture and harmonic techniques suddenly work in a new fashion.
Everything new and unusual about this project comes as if within the performed
pieces. New harmonization of Tchaikovsky’s themes becomes possible inside them.
It is not done because of the standard jazz chords but thanks to a harmonic
language of late romanticism and music of the 20th century enriched with jazz
It is amazing how easily and naturally the pieces from The Seasons composed in
the last third of the 19th century absorb the styles of later periods – jazz and
non-jazz ones, including modern pop and rock music (Troika). It is also
interesting how these themes evolve musically no matter if one anticipates it or
not (a wonderful fugato in Barcarolle). Timbre surprises also happen – the
melody of Barcarolle with the bass guitar.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Sound engineer: S. Volkov
• Mixing & Mastering: Y. Bogdanov
• Mixing: Phonograph Records Studios
• Recorded at Phonograph Records Studios August 15-30, 2009
• Made in Germany
Sergey Zhilin Trio (Side A 1-3, Side B 1, 2, 4)
Sergey Zhilin (Side A 4, Side B 3)
1. December. Christmastide
2. January. At the Fireside
3. June. Barcarolle
4. March. Song of the Lark
1. October. Autumn Song
2. April. Snowdrop
3. February. Carnival
4. November. Troika