Dreamy instrumental and experimental jazz from a Russian trio. Stories is a reflective compilation that is filled with whimsical melodies that makes you wish all instrumental music was created this way. Aptly described by one reviewer as “a fine collection of intelligent jazz tracks;” the compilation features experimental, progressive music with touches of blues and jazz.
Rushus is primarily made up of Ilya Lipkin, guitar player extraordinaire. He’s accompanied by two equally talented individuals, Evgeniy Tkachev on percussion and Vladimir Nikulin playing bass. Together, they create this sonic fusion of instrumental jazz that is filled with melodic rhythms and unconventional beats. Stories isn’t just perfect for a Saturday night, it serves as great background music for almost any relaxing, quiet afternoon.
The album opens up with, Magic of Fog; a hazy number that is filled with uncharacteristic beats, awesome instrument work and great complexity. It showcases the trio’s ability to mix and match different instruments, signatures and textures beautifully. Individually, you might think that certain keys will not work, but the group pulls it off gorgeously.
By the time the second track, Modal Blues, comes in; you already know what you’re in for. This track adds a blueesy feel to the track, but stamped with the band’s experimental sound. Meanwhile, Japanese Prog, showcases the group’s progressive side. They make you feel as if the song should be a part of your all time instrumental prog song list. It’s a beautiful cut that also delivers the band’s signature style done with a progressive flair.
Three of the songs were recorded in the group’s own studio while the other two were recorded at Kostarev studios. The album serves as an introduction to the band, paving the way for their full length debut album, Nine.
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