From Russia with jazz
This year's small jazz sensation is LRK, a Russian trio who received the Special Jury Award at "Made in New York Jazz Competition", while the release "If you have a Dream" was awarded by the Russian Music Critic Union as the year's jazz album.
Hugely successful tours in Europe and Japan has confirmed that this is a piano trio we will hear a lot about for years to come. Pianist Evgeny Lebedev (34) has written most of the trio's music. He played folk music on accordion as a child, but at fifteen years old he discovered Jazz and began piano studies, first at the academy in Moscow and then at Berklee in the United States.
All About Jazz, among others, has given the trio excellent reviews, describing the music as filled with peculiar folk influences, crisp postmodern improvisation and elements from fellow countrymen like Tchaikovsky. They concludes that "Everyone who misses Esbjørn Svensson's trio should give them a listen". London Jazz News is equally overwhelmed. In the review of the trio's last album, they write :A thrilling roller coaster between fast and mellow beats with all the hallmarks of a classic in the making.
If you check out "Plyasovaya" on youtube, in addition to the brilliant and playful music, you get to see a frog join in on the fun. It fails to join us at Moldejazz, but it makes sense as the first festival in Norway to present such bands that few have heard of, but that will be a talk of the town afterwards.
Evengy Lebedev, piano, accordion / Anton Revnyuk, double bass, electric bass / Ignat Kravtsov, drums