Monday 20th January 2014
£20.00 - £35.00
Zhenya Strigalev’s Smiling Organizm
return with their second album
and European tour
"Zhenya Strigalev is a fascinating old-school/cutting-edge hybrid, with a formidable bebop-rooted sax technique, a burgeoning talent for composition, and an engaging willingness to take a chance." The Guardian
Following their much-praised debut – described as having “all the knife-edge momentum and skilled improvisatory abandon of its leader” by Jazzwise magazine and “a real sense of a band in the making” by the Financial Times – Russian alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev returns with his acclaimed fusion-edged six-piece Smiling Organizm to release their second album, Robin Goodie featuring Ambrose Akinmusire, Larry Grenadier, Tim Lefebvre, Taylor Eigsti and Eric Harland
St Petersburg-born Strigalev – who is known for his virtuosic alto sax work on both the London and New York jazz scenes – led the first US/European incarnations of the band on several tours across Europe, performing at prestigious venues such as Ronnie Scott’s in London; Bimhuis in Amsterdam; A-Trane in Berlin; Porgy & Bess in Vienna, the Sunset in Paris; Fasching in Stockholm; Jamboree in Barcelona among many others. On these dates the band featured a revolving cast of world-class musicians such as pianists Taylor Eigsti and Liam Noble, bassists including ex-Miles Davis sideman Foley, Larry Grenadier former Zawinul Syndicate firebrand Linley Marthe and Matt Penman, leading drummers Jochen Rueckert, Gregory Hutchinson and Eric Harland, and trumpeters Alex Sipiagin and Ambrose Akinmusire.
Strigalev explains the inspiration behind the new album, “The album ‘Robin Goodie’ is in some way dedicated to England and my time here. I haven't read the adventures of Robin Hood, but I’ve seen the film! There’s a lot of nature (I love nature), humour, heroism, strong personalities, love, rebelliousness and of course some stupidity..."Robin Goodie" is a mixture of Robin Hood and Boogie Woogie. The sketches/outlines of several tunes from this album were written while I was practicing in the abandoned house next to the river where I was camping with my father… Lots of forest, nature and no people. The picture on the album cover was taken there. This album is actually my first where double bass and bass guitar are playing together. The main idea behind that was to combine straight ahead jazz with groove/fusion beats. Take the best of both (for me) and put them together. Thanks to the amazing musicians who made it possible for me to do that.”
Smiling Organizm frequently subvert the standard sounds and roles of soloist and rhythm section, with subtle electronic effects and wiry guitar-like sounds layered between emphatic swing, lush yet angular harmonies and finely poised solos. Eric Harland meanwhile deftly maps out the rhythmic terrain, cleverly morphing simple grooves into multi-layered percussive landscapes. Robin Goodie was co-produced by Strigalev and Harland and is a powerful mix of the saxophonist’s many musical loves, the heart of which is high-octane, hard-swinging post bop. This is an ensemble work that showcases Strigalev’s razor-sharp instincts as composer and arranger, as well as the depth of his knowledge of a wide range of musical styles, from free improv to funky fusion, out-and-out swing and extended harmonically rich melodies.
If Smiling Organizm’s debut album introduced the world to Strigalev’s highly personal musical vision, then Robin Goodie finds the band stepping up a gear, increasingly comfortable as a unit, growing to become more than the sum of its considerably talented parts. Matching quirky humour with serious musical intent, delicate melodic hooks with heavyweight rhythmic muscle, this is a band and an album that leaves a vivid impression.
We are happy to announce the top class line up for our February “Robin Goodie” release tour:
For more information:
Please see the following links of live performances from their recent tours:
INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR SMILING ORGANIZM :
"The magic of jazz is that no concert is the same. Tonight, everything fell into place and we could witness a band with a fantastic lineup, which reached a level of ecstasy that is rarely heard. Unforgettable!
-Radio Mousique, Netherlands
“Sandwiched between visits to Switzerland and Spain, their one-nighter at a sold-out Ronnie Scott’s was electrifying. Moscow Nights…marked the end of a heady helter skelter gig by a restless, probing band that is unlikely ever to take an obvious direction.”
-London Jazz News
“the performances… crackled cordite through a packed Ronnie Scott’s… What a show it was. “
- The Artsdesk.com, London
Zhenya's “ singular mix of free jazz, modernist swing, and Russian melancholia... a developed stage presence that leans somewhat towards the absent-minded professor...there was a real sense of a band in the making."
-Financial Times, London
“A saxophonist with a technique rooted in bebop, Strigalev is a brilliant and imaginative composer with an overview of jazz funk that swings itself through hard bop and free…a vibrant sextet propelled by a rhythm section with the unusual combination of a 2 bass drum kit and both upright acoustic and electric basses… an exciting fusion full of new ideas played with contagious enthusiasm!”
- Tresentretants, Barcelona
Zhenya Strigalev "has his own restless and creative style of saxophone playing and composing…that may be summarized in his own words "an unlimited source of pleasure dedicated to jazz ..."
-Faschings Vanner, Stockholm
Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars
The Ronnie Scott's All Stars are comprised of some of the greatest talents on the U.K scene, including some of our most regular performers James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Pedro Segundo (drums)
Musical Director at Ronnie Scott’s and the owner of a ferocious piano technique coupled with a sense of musicality rarely heard, James Pearson is one of the most exciting musicians to have emerged from the U.K in the last 25 years. After working with him, the late jazz legend Sir John Dankworth declared: "James Pearson is an exceptionally gifted artist. His masterful playing makes him head and shoulders above the rest of his contemporaries. He shows signs of true greatness".
Double Bass Despite only being in his early 30’s, already Sam is a stalwart of the UK jazz scene. As well as appearing on numerous film soundtracks such as 'Bridget Jones's Diary' and 'Hannibal'. Sam’s thumping, pounding, relentlessly driving bass lines have been heard accompanying the likes of Bob James, Billy Kilson, Gary Novak, Joe Lock, Dave Kekowski, Guy Barker, Dave O'Higgins, Pete King, Gareth Williams, Claire Martin, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, John Horler, Gwyneth Herbert, John Dankworth, The BBC Big Band and Robbie Williams.
At 22 years old Pedro Segundo, Portuguese drummer joins the James Pearson Trio at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
Born and raised in Lisbon, picked up the drums seriously at the age of eight starting studying classical percussion a year later. In June 2011 he graduates from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Timpani and Classical Percussion. His musical ability combines a blend of styles creating a unique sound on the drum set. He has played regularly with Dennis Rollins, Femi Temowo, Mário Franco, Cleveland Watkiss and many other artists touring in festivals all around the globe.
Other regular performers include:
Dave Ohm (drums), Natalie Williams (vocals), Alex Garnett (sax), Nigel Price (guitar), Steve Rushton (drums), Polly Gibbons (vocals), Alistair White (trombone), Gary Baldwin (hammond), Al Cherry (guitar), Matt Home (drums), Alan Barnes (sax), Ralph Salmins (drums), Arnie Somogyi (bass), Mark Smith (bass), James Nisbet (guitar), Pete Long (sax), Gerard Presencer (Trumpet), Dave O’Higgins (sax), Alec Dankworth (bass), Steve Fishwick (trumpet) and others...
To find out more, please go to:
Tell us what you think of Zhenya Strigalev, Eric Harland, Liam Noble, Linley Marthe , Alex Sipiagin, Matt Penman, Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars below..