Evgeny Ponomarev Quartet: Clockwise

Evgeny Ponomarev Quartet
cover artwork

The Russian jazz magazine’s pick for June, 2021 edition of the Europe Jazz Media Chart is «Clockwise,» released by Evgeny Ponomarev Quartet on St. Petersburg, Russia-based Rainy Days Records label as a CD and a digital album.

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Evgeny Ponomarev (photo © Yuri Chichkov)
Evgeny Ponomarev (photo © Yuri Chichkov)

This tight and mature album was recorded in Moscow at the Russian capital’s most advanced recording facility, the CineLab SoundMix studio, by St. Petersburg, Russia-based quartet led by the pianist Evgeny Ponomarev. Classically trained and a consummate jazz performer, Evgeny earned respect in St. Pete’s conservative, generally bebop-oriented jazz community, even if his original music (i.e., all 6 tracks on his sophomore album, his debut on Rainy Days Records) is anything but straight-ahead jazz. Compositionally tricky, rhythmically strong, and harmonically rich, this album was recorded by the band Evgeny worked at least 10 years with: sax man Andrey Polovko, bassist Grigory Voskoboynik, and drummer Peter Mikheev. The band is tight, the arrangements intriguing, but the overall effect is direct, and not as artsy-smartsy as it may seem: I even daresay it’s rather accessible for the general public.

Andrey Polovko and Evgeny Ponomarev's reflection at CineLab SoundMix studios (photo © Yuri Chichkov)
Andrey Polovko and Evgeny Ponomarev’s reflection at CineLab SoundMix studios (photo © Yuri Chichkov)

More info on Clockwise:

The album was released on April 30, 2021, the international Jazz Day.

Performers: Evgeny Ponomarev — piano (all except 4), Fender Rhodes (4); Andrey Polovko — tenor saxophone (1-6), soprano saxophone (2); Grigory Voskoboynik — double bass; Peter Mikheev — drums (1-6), percussion (1,4)
Guest performers: Pavel Ilushin — guitar (4); Peter Vostokov — cornet (2); Anton Gimazetdinov — trombone, tuba (2)

Musical producer: Evgeny Ponomarev
Executive producer: Eugene Petrushanskiy

Recorded by Alexander Perfilyev at CineLab SoundMix in Moscow, engineered by Jacob Zakhvatkin and Dmitri Kovalyov, mixed and mastered by Alexander Perfilyev

Liner photography and promotional video: Yuriy Chichkov
Cover art and package design by Dimitri Komedea (271DSGN)

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