Early Season by Pavel Skornyakov Quartet

Early Season
by Pavel Skornyakov Quartet
© 2018 nagel heyer records

Pavel Skornyakov,  alto saxophone;
Paul Kirby, piano;
Martin Zenker, double bass;
Alexander Zinger, drums

Early Season; Blues Mood; Short Movies; Circling; Breeze; Hard Work; Monk in Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; Walk

Pavel’s debut album “Early Season” was released in June 2018 on the German jazz label nagel heyer records. It features Pavel’s original compositions performed by an international band with members German bass player Martin Zenker, British piano player Paul Kirby and Russian drummer Alexander Zinger.

Skornyakov, 31, assembled eight original compositions here, all of which he wrote between the ages of 19 and 25. And while his quartet plays a form of bright, energetic post-bop that doesn’t feel all that stylistically risky, it’s sturdy and self-assured nonetheless. On the faster numbers, Skornyakov brings each of his solos to a satisfying peak, wailing away with gutbucket intensity. But he’s at his best on the album’s only ballad, “Breeze,” a wistful composition displaying the full dimension of the bandleader’s sound.

DownBeat magazine, review by Matthew Kassel. Full version

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