Simon Nabatov: Simple Simon
Simon Nabatov (piano)
Tough Customer (Enja ENJ 7063 2)
Simon Nabatov (piano),
Mark Helias (bass), Tom Rainey (drums).
Composed by Simon Nabatov.
Recorded: Cologne, Germany, January 27, 1992
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
It could be a Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) song, with its South African-like dancing feel and melody that alludes to Protestant hymns. But Nabatov's piano, though earthy, is more sophisticated than that of the South African musician. Still, it's an interesting foray by the Russian-born pianist into a type of music that is best played with the adopted feeling. Nabatov and his partners don't mimic South African jazz. They just play this music with their soul, and manage to be very convincing.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum