Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band - Our Father Who Art Blakey (CD)

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Valery Ponomarev Big Band delivers its hard-charging, swinging tribute to 'Our Father Who Art Blakey', recorded live.

Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev's life in New York City began at the end of 1973 when he arrived here from Soviet Russia, a harrowing and inspiring story recounted in his colorful autobiography, On the Flip Side of Sound, and the award-winning documentary film by Edward Topol, Trumpeter from Russia. That's also when his life in jazz truly began, because not long after he met the man who already was his hero, and soon would become his mentor and 'jazz father,' master drummer and leader of the Jazz Messengers, Art Blakey.

Back then, Blakey gave Valery the ultimate compliment: 'You were a Messenger long before you actually joined the Messengers.' And today, long after he left the Messengers, Valery still is a Messenger. So it was only natural that this first recording and ZOHO debut by his big band, titled Our Father Who Art Blakey, would be a tribute to that towering figure in his life, and in the life of jazz.

Transforming small group charts into a big band format might seem to pose a challenge for a jazz arranger, but, Valery explains, not in this case. 'The most natural thing is Art Blakey's music,' he maintains. 'If you listen closely it is a 'big band' already. Art Blakey's concept, Art Blakey's way of playing, his whole approach to music comes from big bands. Art Blakey, before he became Art Blakey, played with Duke Ellington, he played with Earl 'Fatha' Hines, he was the drummer in Billy Eckstine's big band. The original Messengers of 1949 was a big band. That's where his learning came from. He was not a small group player yet.'

Bobby Timmons' Moanin' is a tune that has meant the world to Valery. 'In Russia, the first record I got was Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, with Lee Morgan, playing Moanin'. Very soon I learned all the solos by memory. If you asked me what to send to outer space as an example of jazz music, I would send that record and that would be it. And they would figure out the rest.'

Track Listing

    • Overture
    • Moanin'
    • Crises
    • Jordu
    • No Hay Problemas
    • Gina's Cooking
    • Blues March

    Additional Details

    Label: Zoho

    Genre: Jazz

    Language: English

    Run Time: 58 mins

    Region: 0

    Release Date: 09/09/16

    UPC: 880956160122

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