This album will make you want to whirl and dance. Wonderful melodies in deliciously odd-beat time signatures morph into wizardly jazz. There are some stunning solos -- notably on "Ay, Ke Si Te Fueres A Banar Novia", where practically everybody gets in great breaks. Truly tasty woodwind work, lovely piano conceptions by leader Sandomirsky, tabla-master-level percussion from Kirill Parenchuk, and fine singing Alina Rostotskaya and Logofet. The ensemble work is remarkably tight.
Favorite track: Ay, Ke Si Te Fueres A Banar Novia.
The music of the Mediterranean Deconstruction Ensemble led by Moscow-based pianist Gregory Sandomirsky follows a twofold formula. It could be described as a continuation and further development of what he was doing with Lampa Ladino and is still doing with Goat’s Notes, two other bands he had co-founded: reimagining the traditional music of Sephardi Jews and free improvisation, respectively. On this album, it barely takes three minutes for the deconstruction to begin: the Sephardi tune literally crumbles, or is smashed, into pieces, only to reassemble for a melodious comeback in a matter of another couple of minutes. In the end, however, Mediterranean slightly beats deconstruction. For the most part, elements of free improvisation only serve to enhance and adorn the smooth flow of these compositions. Sandomirsky and his teammates have apparently reached a level of freedom where they can rein back their anarchic instincts if necessary.
All compositions are traditional except [5, 11] composed by Gregory Sandomirsky
Arranged by Mediterranean Deconstruction Ensemble
Recorded by Alexander Mikhlin at Vintage Sound Studio, Moscow, June 2017
Edited, mixed, mastered by Alexander Mikhlin
Design by Gregory Sandomirsky, Sergey Krasin
Produced by Gregory Sandomirsky, Andrey Bessonov
A big thank you to Oksana Matievskaya, Aleksandr Ovchinnikov, Evgeniya Lyadova, Yulia Razumova, Olga Dergacheva, Shlomo Polonsky, Anna Shkolnik, Nikolay Yamanaev, Andrey Makarov, Konstantin Lesko, Vassily Nikiforov, Dmitry Ukhov, Mikhail Shtein, Ekaterina Perelygina, Vladimir Rozdin, Yury Kogaut, Aleksandr Panov, Yana Listyeva, Grigory Durnovo, Piotr Ivshin, Irina Mikhailova and Ulyana Valkova for invaluable support in the making of this album.
...and also to our friends and musicians we have been lucky to play with over the years: Araik Akopyan, Anton Raktovich, Maksim Khaykin, Aleksandr Nikitin, Sergey Kapitanyuk, Ilya Zyryanov, Mark Gaidar, Kirill Osherov, Piotr Talalay, Pavel Protasov, Ilya Vilkov, Yury Sevastyanov, Aleksey Nadzharov.
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Because one can never have enough Sergey in their music library. I applaud your creativity, your ability to evoke thought and emotion with your music. Keep making it. The world needs more of it. john greenwood
This album has some of the most gorgeous acoustic guitar playing I've ever heard. Ethereal, contemplative, pastoral and serene. These are but a few ways Steve Tibbett's music can be described not only on this album but throughout the rest of his catalogue. Truly a national treasure Matt Yates
Bewitching cello "looper" mixed like Ed Alleyne-Johnson did in early nineties but not on New Age way. Here it is as closer to J.S. Bach and his Cello Suite than Ed Alleyne. But the method is similar.
A very relaxing performance brings ears to nirvana by sounding rich harmonics from her instrument.
Siting quiet on a sofa savoring these sumptuous melodies taking my mind out of daily customs. This is what I feel while I'm listening to this album. Emmanuel Codden