Hristo Vitchev: Parisian Skies
Hristo Vitchev Quartet
Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds Music 884501129657)
Composed by Hristo Vitchev.
Recorded: Willow Glen, California, 2009
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Ah, the joys to be found in the current wave of multi-cultural jazz artists, contributing new ingredients and seasonings into the pot! To wit: guitarist Hristo Vitchev, who adds welcome flavor with the release of his quartet’s debut album Song for Messambria. The Bulgarian-born jazzman was educated at the Roland Music Academy in Caracas, Venezuela, and has crossed the globe playing jazz venues and teaching at clinics. He now calls the San Francisco Bay area home.
It’s immensely satisfying to come across a fresh, emerging talent who doesn’t attempt to re-discover fire, but demonstrates a knack for turning up the heat. With clear, dewy tones and thoughtfully crafted lines, Vitchev gently caresses the strings while seducing the listener’s ears with intriguing harmonization. “Parisian Skies” is a buoyant, if slightly bittersweet composition, played with an assured Latin feel and just enough rhythmic support to propel things along without getting in the way of Vitchev’s richly melodic solo. Pianist Iago cooks a satisfying chorus with ample backing from Robbins and De Rose. These Parisian skies are warm and clear.
Reviewer: Bill Barnes