Challenge, 2007, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: This is the second release for bassist Kolesnik with the same band. The players are Eric Alexander (sax), Alex Sipiagin (t), Andrei Kondakov (p) and drummer Lenny White. This time they included trumpeter Jim Rotondi. Dmitri wrote most of the music here and characterizes it as Russian soul music. We call it hot bop. We like Kolesnik’s laid-back approach on bass. It brings out the best in the band. Among the best tracks is “Blues For Dad” with strong solos from everyone notably the brass: Sipiagin and Alexander. They are supported by Dmitri and White both driving the rhythms hard. We also liked the calming forces of “Masha’s Lullaby”.