Archive for July 8th, 2018

Andrey Chmut – Smoothability

Starting a career as a saxophonist in the smooth jazz genre is a courageous undertaking these days. Ukraine born saxophonist Andrey Chmut didn’t hesitate to long to build his own solo career. He joined the touring band of highly rated Ukrainian bass player Artem Lebedev. He also contributed to Valeriy Stepanov’s first CD New Beginnings. From there it was no time-consuming way to his first very own debut album Smoothability (2018) on Skytown Records.

Andrey performs on his album alto sax, tenor sax, soprano sax, EWI, background vocals, keyboards & programming and is joined by U-Nam, Andrey Vdovichenko (guitars), Orhan Agabeyli (percussion), Knesia Chmut (background vocals and violin), Serhii Eremenko (guitars), Ruslan Bolatov ( Rhodes), Artem Lebedev, George Iweze (bass), Tobi MD Fotonade (live drums), Igor Agrich (Rhodes, organ & MiniMoog), Valeriy Stepanov (piano, Rhodes, keyboards & programming), Artem Banar (lead and background vocals), Anynya Udongwo, Cleulia Daniel, Kemi Oke (background vocals), and Bob James (electric piano).

The album starts with the title song, a fresh aperçu with all natural ingredients, what makes delicious smooth jazz today. K.S.U is an abbreviation behind which there is a compelling idea. A par force ride through the annals of contemporary jazz and fusion jazz. Andrey goes to the forefront of progress with the energetic Jazzed Up. This tune is full packed with sax.

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