Vladimir Shafranov

New York Revisited

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Vladimir Shafranov is a fine modern mainstream pianist whose style occasionally hints at that of Bill Evans although he displays his own musical personality. Shafranov, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Billy Hart work together quite well, often thinking as one with Shafranov the first among equals. Their set, which includes a variety of standards plus the lesser-known "Maybe September," a Jobim tune, "The Swan," and an adaptation of a Chopin melody, is at its best when they perform at slower tempos. The high point is a lyrical version of Billy Strayhorn's beautiful "Lotus Blossom," although none of the songs are throwaways. Although Vladimir Shafranov is not as well-known as his sidemen, he easily holds his won. New York Revisited is worth exploring.

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