Zhenya Strigalev,  Eric Harland, Linley Marthe,  John Escreet - 'NEVER GROUP'

Zhenya Strigalev, Eric Harland, Linley Marthe, John Escreet - 'NEVER GROUP'

Sunday 3rd April 2016
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Zhenya Strigalev,  Eric Harland, Linley Marthe,  John Escreet - 'NEVER GROUP'
Zhenya Strigalev's Never Group feat. Zhenya Strigalev – sax, John Escreet – piano, Linley Marthe – bass & Eric Harland – drums

Zhenya Strigalev returns to present his new album

NEVER GROUP & European Tour


 

“It can be fast and furious, tender and emotional and a whole lot of fun too, for the listener as well as the musicians. How many jazz recordings can you say that about these days?”4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine

 

NEVER GROUP! is a new album and project by Zhenya Strigalev, which presents original music from saxophonist Zhenya. The line-up for this CD release and tour will consist of one of the most in demand New York based UK pianist John Escreet (Antonio Sanchez, David Binney, Chris Potter), Mauritian bass virtuoso Linley Marthe (Joe Zawinul, Mino Cinelu, Richard Galliano) and drummer extraordinaire Eric Harland (Dave Holland, Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman). "NEVER Group!" is a departure from Zhenya's last project, Smiling Organizm and "Robin Goodie", demonstrating musical sides that have never before been exposed in Zhenya's previous projects.

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Building a reputation on both sides of the North Atlantic for his adventurous and impassioned emphasis on improvisation, Never Group! is an experience that matches quirky abandon with resolute musicianship and technicality. Strigalev enjoys the challenge of shining a light on the undiscovered and describes the desired on-the-edge thrill that unfolded from the Never Group! sessions: “The whole point of what I do is that I need to surprise myself; I don’t want to record something which sounds exactly like this or like that, because that’s not interesting enough for me. Sometimes I can simply feel a tempo, a mood or an atmosphere, and I know this quartet will provide the opportunity to develop that.”

You can listen to some of the new album here:  http://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/never-group/

Selected Press cuts: 

“At the root of it all is Strigalev, whose compositions are so strong that they live up to the talents of the musical titans who join him on this CD. This could be the kind of jazz album that has something for everyone, not out of some sense of catering to the crowd, but because the mood it creates is so universally appealing.”4.5 Stars, Downbeat Magazine. The best albums of 2015. 

“Alto saxist Zhenya Strigalev juices up retro-minded postbop with cutting-edge grooves and madcap intensity on his excellent latest, Robin Goodie.”TimeOut, New York critic's pick 

“It can be fast and furious, tender and emotional and a whole lot of fun too, for the listener as well as the musicians. How many jazz recordings can you say that about these days?”4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine 

“Expands upon the promise exhibited by the first Smiling Organizm record. An album that is once again bursting with ideas.” 4 Stars, The Jazz Mann

“Everything is exuberantly, madly creative… All six musicians play with verve and power, the horn section parts being particularly fruity, and the album doesn’t really have any low points, just lots of surprises all the way to the end.”
The Jazz Breakfast 

“This is no stretch limousine of glossy, forgettable soft jazz, but rather an impassioned outpouring of the sax man’s quirky, raw, yet ultimately tuneful creations as composer and instrumentalist…. Crank it up.” -AP Reviews 

“Countless shades and colors, and new ones open up with each listening. Intoxicating!” -Jazz Thing Magazine

“Together with his Smiling Organizm Group consisting of American musicians, some of even Blue Note fame, the exceptional musicians embark on a journey through the depths of jazz expressiveness and combines them with unpolished harmonies and quirky guitar runnings, creating a unique sound world of electronic effects, distorted noise and hectic swing styles. No simple feat, but exceedingly tasty!” -In Music

“Sometimes a CD seems to fall straight from the sky… Strigalev has generated a veritable personal style while surfing through the entire history of jazz… The only certainty is that this music has humor and is highly musical.” -Stereo

“Smiling Organizm is one of the most interesting formations in recent years.” -Boblinger Bote

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