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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Crotchet

Eugene Maslov

‘When I Need To Smile’

Mack Avenue Records – MAC 1001

 

1

kolobok

6

the man I love

2

here comes juliette

7

dindi

3

clear out of this world

8

milestones

4

when I need to smile

9

sweet lana

5

living in the past

   

This is the first time I have heard Eugene Maslov. On this CD he is accompanied by Eddie Gomez – bass and Omar Hakim – drums. Born and raised in Novotroisk, Russia his early influences included Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Kenny Barron. His opportunity to make a name for himself came when he was offered work at the American Embassy playing with such names as Gary Burton, Pat Metheny and Steve Swallow. By the early 1990s Maslov had moved to New York and was working with Grover Washington, Rebecca Paris and Alan Dawson. He also began to make solo appearances.

His first US recording was made in 1992. ‘When I Need To Smile’ was recorded in 1998 and four titles are Maslov originals. In his performance his classical training is evident as is the influence of Evans and others. Whether he is following a melodic or harmonious pattern his interpretation is excellent. He constructs fine flowing lines that at times just stay within the bounds of the original melody. Maslov is yet another of the school of contemporary musicians who are adding new facets to jazz in playing their own compositions or a fresh translation of the American song-book – I hope there is sufficient following for them to receive the acknowledgement they deserve.

I thoroughly enjoyed this recording and it has prompted me to listen to more of this talented musician – highly recommended.

Jack Ashby



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