"Expansive vision and boundless rhythmic variation a band with tremendous self-assurance and unlimited imagination." -Downbeat Magazine
POST-COLD WAR TANDEM WELCOME TOM HARRELL, BEN WILLIAMS, AND E.J. STRICKLAND ON LATEST RECORDING
"A hard-bop foray for the quintet, full of intriguing detail, pulsing with life". Howard Mandel, President, Jazz Journalists Association
At a time of great political and social uncertainty, the dynamic post-cold war partnership of the Russian Federation's Oleg Kireyev (tenor saxophone) and U.S.'s Keith Javors (piano) continues to inspire jazz audiences around the globe. The co-leaders recently welcomed jazz trumpet luminary Tom Harrell, the heralded bassist Ben Williams (Pat Metheny), and the creative drummer E.J. Strickland (Ravi Coltrane) to the studio for their dynamic upcoming release, entitled The Meeting. The new record bridges the influences of two continents, featuring new original compositions by Kireyev and Javors, interspersed with standard material.
Now on the advent of their this, their sophomore project together, Oleg Kireyev & Keith Javors, now more than ever, know the significance of that chance internet meeting, and it shows in the faces of enthusiastic audience members. While each day performing together is a meeting of sorts, Kireyev and Javors now see these as a blessing. Privileged here to draw from the deep talents of an All-Star NYC rhythm section and a lauded trumpet icon, the tandem continue to push the jazz envelope and promote unity wherever they play.
Oleg Kireyev is an internationally-recognized musician, touring frequently and playing to appreciative audiences in Europe and the U.S. Having undertaken many innovative and provocative international jazz projects in a performing career spanning three decades, The Express and Star says Kireyev is "a Russian sax player with a reputation for hard swing and high excitement". "Incredibly good", "Soft and enthusiastic" and "Stylish and top-notch" are all phrases music critics have written about his voice on saxophone. He has performed at the London Jazz Festival, the New York Jazz Improv Festival, and the Montreux Jazz Festival, to name a few. Legendary musician Bud Shank says: "Oleg's playing is a marvelous combination of styles, incorporating a whole lot of players. I hear echoes of the 1920's and John Coltrane combined with unstructured jazz."
Keith Javors is an iconoclastic figure on today's international music scene, rare in his accomplishments as dually a producer and artist as well as an award-winning educator. Known for his "technical virtuosity, a riveting compositional style, and constant creativity" (AllAboutJazz), Javors is a true musicians musician, possessive of extraordinary versatility and a riveting ballad style. His performance credits include eight albums as a leader and appearances at venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and numerous others. As Bill Milkowski writes in Jazz Times, "Javors distinguishes himself as a bandleader intent on collective envelope-pushing."