Yaroslav Likhachev Quartet – Crumbling

JHM 273
2020

Yaroslav Likhachev - ts
Yannis Anft - p
Conrad Noll - b
Moritz Baranczyk - dr

1. November Tune (7'56) / 2. The Fifth Mode (3'51) / 3. Ballad For Eli (8'08) / 4. Crumbling (9'41) / 5. He Must Go, And He Goes (9'30) / 6. Sicilian Flower (7'15) / 7. U74 (4'14) / 8. Traceless Rails, Traceless Waters (7'50)

The Yaroslav Likhachev Quartet exists since 2016 and it features the compositions of the band's leader and tenor saxophonist which are belonging to the field of modern jazz, deeply rooted in the US American jazz tradition.
"Crumbling" - the work with musical crumbles, fragments, sometimes almost even nuclear creative particles within the cosmos of improvised music - is about the creative act of discovering new ways on a journey to individual and inventive arranging of composing and structuring processes. Each piece of Yaroslav Likhachev's production "Crumbling" appears to be a coherent musical world: echoes from the universe of Contemporary Music, underground culture and modern jazz encounter in a colourfully contrasting manner meeting variations of bop vocabulary and its contemporary interpretation. Yaroslav Likhachev says: "The 'crumbling process' is unstoppable and develops further and further. This album is also just a photograph, just a detail of the process itself."

(release date: Apr 16, 2020)

  • "Alle Kompositionen auf dem Album stammen aus der Feder von Likhachev. Beim Coverbild muss man einerseits an den sogenannten Rohrschachtest denken, an Tintenklecksbilder, die in der psychologischen Anamnese eine Rolle spielen, anderseits aber auch an die Tuschezeichnung einer Tänzerin, wie wir sie von den Arbeiten Edgar Degas her kennen. Doch die Frage bleibt, wie das mit dem Albumtitel korrespondiert. 'Crumblig' bedeutet ja 'zerbröseln, bröseln'. Wenn man dies weiter fasst, könnte man von Fragmentieren, Auseinanderfallen u. ä. sprechen." (Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther, jazz'halo, Mai 2020)
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The Fifth Mode
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Crumbling
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He Must Go, and He Goes