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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