Yan Pevzner: West South (Part 2)


West South (Part 2)


Yan Pevzner (piano)


Forward Motion (Arabesque AJ0186)

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Yan Pevzner (piano),

Sam Newsome (soprano saxophone), Martin Wind (acoustic and electric bass), Tony Moreno (drums)


Composed by Yan Pevzner


Recorded: Brooklyn NY


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

One of the great and wonderful things about the Latin and especially Brazilian forms of jazz is that it’s malleable and open ended enough to inspire seemingly endless variations and extensions on it while remaining distinctly Latin. Chick Corea had built a big chunk of his career around creatively capitalizing on the festive rhythms and melodies of this jazz sub-form. A more recent case in point is “West South” by Russian-born pianist and composer Yan Pevzner. For the second part of this mini-suite, Pevzner chops up a samba into a few discreet compartments, with Moreno even applying an 11/8 metre in spots. These shifts provide the foundation for the pianist’s own jugular path, playing along the main harmony with Newsome with his right hand and the bass line with Wind with his left. Both fleet-footed and light on his feet, Pevzner steers across jagged terrain with dexterity and a great deal of confidence. His commanding solo seems like a walk in the park, by comparison.

“West South (Part 2)” is anything but that, but it is easy to appreciate.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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