Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The skyscraper style. This is the image that comes up when one listens to the performance of pianist, composer and arranger Sergey Zhilin and his trio. Sergey Zhilin absorbed many achievements of world pianism: he learned a lot from Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner and Art Tatum, all of this mixed with a solid foundation of Russian piano music (Sergey Rachmaninoff). Zhilin possesses a variety of skills and techniques from powerful large-scale elements (octave and chord passages) to exquisite small-scale vignettes. The program of Sergey Zhilin's trio titled Tchaikovsky in Jazz. The Seasons (Yury Markin's arrangement) demonstrates that the idea of "classic music in jazz" is still alive and capable to produce unexpected results. In this project, everything new and unusual is generated as if from the inside of the music. A new harmonization of Tchaikovsky's themes becomes possible with the help of harmonious language of late romanticism and music of the 20th century enriched by jazz culture and not because the musicians are just using standard jazz chords.
Personnel: Sergey Zhilin (piano); Pavel Protasov (double bass); Leonid Gusev (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Yuri Markin; Grigory Shestakov.
Recording information: Fonograf Studio (08/15/2008-08/30/2008).