Our Father Who Art Blakey by Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band on Apple Music

7 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

After immigrating to the U.S., Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev spent four years in Art Blakey’s group, starting in 1977. Here, Ponomarev salutes the late drummer/bandleader by recasting his repertoire in big-band format. Only someone as intimate with Blakey’s vision as Ponomarev could so seamlessly adapt his hard-bop sound into such brassy, bigger-than-life arrangements. The bluesiness he maintains on tunes like the hard-swinging “Jordu” is incredibly visceral. And when Blakey saxman Benny Golson guests on “Blues March,” his and Ponomarev’s fluid, expressive statements evoke lessons learned straight from the master.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After immigrating to the U.S., Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev spent four years in Art Blakey’s group, starting in 1977. Here, Ponomarev salutes the late drummer/bandleader by recasting his repertoire in big-band format. Only someone as intimate with Blakey’s vision as Ponomarev could so seamlessly adapt his hard-bop sound into such brassy, bigger-than-life arrangements. The bluesiness he maintains on tunes like the hard-swinging “Jordu” is incredibly visceral. And when Blakey saxman Benny Golson guests on “Blues March,” his and Ponomarev’s fluid, expressive statements evoke lessons learned straight from the master.

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