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#1426『Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order』

Text by Kayo Fushiya

LR 765

Simon Nabatov (piano)
Stefan Schoenegg (bass)
Dominik Mahnig (drums)

1. Fill in the blanks (18:56)
2. Aria (06:36)
3. Picking Order (07:20)
4. Growing a soul patch (11:22)
5. Turning Point (06:13)
6. It’s a given (10:35)
7. Chrystal Clear (01:43)

Total time: 63:15

All music by Simon Nabatov

Recorded @ Loft Cologne, May 9, 2015
Mixed by Christian Heck in November, 2015
Mastered by Stefan Deistler
Cover by Oguz Buyukberber
Photos by Roberto Dominguez
Design by Erich Teneta
Produced by Simon Nabatov and Leo Feigin

鬼才サイモン・ナバトフが、ケルン・シーンで活躍する若手を擁したトリオ。轟(とどろき)のような圧巻の打鍵と音色、広汎な振幅の両極を行き来するテンペラメントの激しさは相も変わらず。全曲ナバトフによるオリジナル。造形が崩れる境界まで展開されるインプロヴィゼーションの奔流をタイトに束ねるリズム隊の手腕に瞠目。ヴェテランであるナバトフが何故この若い二人を採用したのかが納得される。さほど大規模ではない楽曲の数々ながら、そのアクロバティックな展開によって聴き手に与える印象はかなり壮大。しかしながら、全体を貫くのはあくまで成熟したメロディ・センスだ。混沌の中から徐々に姿を表す渋さ極まるブルース・フィーリング、要所に配された沈黙の部分にも濃厚に垂れこめる叙情性。幼少時よりモスクワの中央音楽学校で英才教育を受けてきたナバトフは、そもそも骨身に染み付いた究極の技巧、音色の俊敏さと多彩さにおいて基礎体力の次元が違う。スリリングな場面切り替えが続くなか、とりわけ4. Growing a soul patch – 5. Turning Point – 6. It’s a given における疾走感とメロディの急速な横溢、奇形ともいえるリズムの妙が堪らない。コンセプトの目新しさ云々を問う以前に、真のヴィルチュオズィティとは何かをこれほど端的に体現するアーティストは稀である。(*文中敬称略。伏谷佳代)

In this trio, the veteran Russian musical wizard Simon Nabatov leads two young musicians active on the Cologne scene. His rumbling finger attacks and tones in the best parts, and intensity of temperament traversing both extremes of the wide-ranging amplitude are unswerving, and every piece is a certified Nabatov original. The rhythm unit tightly bundles the rapidly developing torrents of improvisation way out to the boundaries where form breaks down, and the listener is left gasping in astonishment at their skill. The result only confirms why an old-hand like Nabatov took on these two young talents. Although most of the pieces are not particularly long, their acrobatic unfolding makes a spectacular impression on the listener, but a mature sense of melody consistently permeates the entire album. An extremely subdued blues feeling gradually appears from chaos, and a deep lyricism hangs over the silence artfully arranged at key parts. From his childhood, Nabatov received special education for just a few talented students at the Central Music Academy in Moscow, and in his bones, he has perfected his ultimate techniques with their quick response and great variety of tone; his basic strength and skills are in a different dimension to that of others. In the continued switching between thrilling musical scenes, particularly in “Growing a soul patch”, “Turning point”, and “It’s a given” (tracks 4, 5 and 6), a sense of sprinting, a speedy overflowing of melody, and the miracle of the deformed rhythms, are all absolutely irresistible. Before discussing the novelty of a concept and so on, we need to define what is a genuine virtuoso performance, and appreciate that a musical wizard, such as Nabatov, who clearly embodies mastery of his arts is rare indeed.
(Kayo Fushiya)

Simon Nabatov Trio (from left; Dominik Mahnig, Simon Nabatov, Stefan Schoenegg) © Leonhard Huhn
© Leonhard Huhn


Simon Nabatov will come to Japan in November and co-headline a tour with Akira Sakata(Sax), Takashi Seo(double bass), and Darren Moore(ds). Following dates are confirmed at this moment (July);

11/21 名古屋(Nagoya) Jazz Live Star★Eyes
11/22 大阪(Osaka) Mister Kelly’s
11/23 松山(Matsuyama, Ehime) TBA
11/24 岡山(Okayama) 蔭涼寺(Inryoji-temple)
11/26 東京(Tokyo)  Shinjuku Pit Inn
11/27 稲毛(Inage, Chiba) Candy


伏谷佳代 (Kayo Fushiya) 1975年仙台市出身。早稲田大学教育学部卒業。欧州に長期居住し(ポルトガル・ドイツ・イタリア)各地の音楽シーンに親しむ。欧州ジャズとクラシックを中心にジャンルを超えて新譜・コンサート/ライヴ評(月刊誌/Web媒体)、演奏会プログラムやライナーノーツの執筆・翻訳など多数。ギャラリスト。拠点は東京都。


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