saxophonist, bandleader, composer,
one of Russia's leading jazz musicians
The personality of Alexey Kozlov, born October 10, 1935 in Moscow, Russia, as of typical
representative of "cultural underground" at Stalin-Brezhnev times, is described
in chapter seven of Hedrick Smith's well-known book "The Russians". Frederick
Starr speaks about Alexey Kozlov in his book "Red and Hot". His name is
encounted in "The International Who's Who"( Europe Publications Ltd., London),
in a number of European Jazz lexicons (Denmark, Poland, Czechoslovakia), in Soviet Musical
Encyclopaedia and in Big Soviet Encyclopaedia (v.8, article "Jazz").
In early 70s, Kozlov has created "Arsenal"
band, which became one of the most popular jazz rock groups in the Soviet Union. Arsenal's
participation in tours and festivals worldwide has made Alexey Kozlov and his music
internationally known. In past ten years six Arsenal LPs and two CDs have been released in
the USSR and Russia. One of those, "Created with our own hands" (Melodiya, 1982)
has been released in the U.S. (East Wind Records). Since 1986, Kozlov has become a regular
host of TV and radio programs on jazz and rock history; in 1989 he published in Moscow
"Rock Music: Roots and Development", Russia's first-ever book on western
Rock written not by a Communist Party member.
In August, 1990, Kozlov took part in International Theatre Festival in Woodstock (USA) as
a composer and performer in the play "Jazzman". In June 1993, Kozlov played on
the "Jazz Rally" Festival in Dusseldorf, and toured with chamber orchestra
"Moscow Soloists" of Yury Bashmet in France and Germany. In February, 1994,
Kozlov was invited as a jazz clinician to Jazz Department of Oklahoma City University and
played with local musicians at Methodist Churches of State. In March-April 1995 Kozlov
with Arsenal band and Georgian singer Tamara Gverdtsitely was on tour around USA and
played at Carnegie Hall.
Kozlov is presently composing in New Age and Neo-Classic
style. He works in his own PC MIDI Studio. As performer he works with renewed Arsenal band
which has gained 1995's Ovation Awards in Russia as Russia's best Jazz group in. Alexey
Kozlov's latest program is called New Chamber Music (with the world renown Shostakovich
String Quartet). Kozlov also plays in a duo ( plus acoustic piano, keyboards) with a
program based on Classical music and Modern Jazz and also with his ARS Nova Trio, in a
style that he calls "New Emotional Music".
|Alexey Kozlov and the Shostakovich String Quartet:
Sound clips of Kozlov's Arsenal (from: "Scorched By Time, 1977-91", 4 CD
box, Boheme Music, 1998)
- Dangerous Game
- Ebony Tower
- Light On The Way
- Suite In F
- Second Wind
- Provincial Tango
- Silver Blues
- Giant Footprints
Nearly all Alexey Kozlov records with Arsenal (1977-1991) have been reissued in a 4-CD
compilation "Scorched By Time" on Moscow's only jazz label, Boheme Music. Those CDs may be
ordered directly from Boheme Music or, if you live outside of Russia, from Boheme International (Prague, Czech Republic).