Dimitar Liolev creative jazz from Bulgaria Dimitar Liolev – EASTERN SHADOWS: When thinking of Bulgaria, for some reason I don’t really think of “hip jazz”, but that may be because when I lived in Europe (for a total of 8 years, by the way), the Wall was still up & the Iron Curtain was firmly in place… how times have changed… as you listen to “Filipopolis“, an original composition by Dimitar, you’ll realize that heading for Europe might not be all that bad an idea… SUPER jazz, to be sure. Dimitar plays alto sax and is joined by Martin Tashev – Trumpet, Flugehorn, Vocals; Massimiliano Rolff – DoubleBass and Dimitar Semov – Drums in an excellent all-original jazz foray from Europe that will thrill your ears (not to mention your whole soul).
Dimitar has several videos from earlier groups up on his YouTube channel, but I didn’t see any “live” performances from this album there… that would be nice to see on the next album… in fact, that’s the only critique I had for this new release… & that’s because the playing/recording on “Eastern Shadows” is just excellent. I’ve no doubt you will agree when you listen to tunes like the high flying “Night Hope“… Dimitar’s saxophone just SOARS on this piece, folks… this tune alone makes the purchase of his album well worth it.
Of the nine all-original compositions offered up for your jazz listening pleasure, though, the clear winner for my personal favorite is the rhythm-laden “At This Moment“… the tune clocks in at 6:16, so there’s plenty of room for each of the players to demonstrate their superb talents… they just SHINE on this full-bodied piece of jazz. I give Dimitar & his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine jazz set. Get more information on Dimitar’s bio page. Rotcod Zzaj
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