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Convincing Delusions / Mekbuda

Mekbuda - Convincing Delusions

Ubiquity

Mekbuda is the latest group to emerge from the burgeoning Russian Jazz scene. Their release "Convincing Delusional" is an experimental ride filled with a touch of cosmic jazz. The opening track "KSpacey" is layered with exotic melodies. Keyboardist Alex Petrov and trumpeter Igor Shilov play with a rhythmic urgency that trickles down to the rest of the band. "Distant Shining" is a serene and tranquil space odyssey. "The Space Of Variations" is a ambient composition highlighted by gorgeous flute melodies layered on a hypnotic groove. Despite only six tracks each one is dynamic and showcases their compositional chops. An impressive release that fits in nicely alongside the new generation of jazz musicians.

Reg Dancy, 11/20