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1. Bu-ra-ti-no
2. Amazing Far
3. Friends Song
4. Water Skis						play
5. Song Of Little Lion And Turtle
6. Lullaby Of Mommy Bear
7. Summer Song
8. Golden Sun Ray
9. Chunga-Changa
10. Lullaby

Bass – John Patitucci
Drums – Jack DeJohnette
Piano – Chick Corea
Saxophone – Igor Butman
Trumpet – Randy Brecker
Vibraphone – Stefon Harris


Russian sax man Igor Butman uses music from Russian cartoons and movies as the inspiration for Magic Land, where he has the support of a Hall of Fame band—Randy Brecker (trumpet), Stefon Harris (vibes), Chick Corea (piano), John Patitucci (bass) and drummer Jack DeJohnette, who doubles as producer.

"Bu-ra-ti-no embodies the music's spirit. Butman's soprano is joyful and the band takes fine advantage of the song's open spaces. He places the ballad "Amazing Far initially in the capable hands of Brecker, then joins him for a fine tenor/trumpet tandem. "Friends Song has a nicely funky underbelly and Butman shines here, too, taking interesting melodic paths along the way during his solos. The band has fun with the frenetic "Water Skis," especially Corea, DeJohnette and Patitucci, who exploit the tune's inherent mischief splendidly.

The tender ballad "Lullaby of Mommy Bear shows that Butman can sing a song, not just play it. The infectious "Summer Song shifts effectively between bebop and bossa nova, with Butman going back to soprano. "Golden Sun Ray sounds like a Coltrane foray at the outset, but morphs into a laid-back hybrid of funk and bop with Butman's tenor and outstanding work by the rhythm section. Butman plays with dexterity and fire on the Latin-flavored "Chunga-Changa," where Patitucci takes an exciting pizzicato turn.

Butman showcased a few of these tunes during a gig at New York's Dizzy's Club in late November, 2007. The rhythm section of bassist George Mraz, drummer Lewis Nash and pianist Cyrus Chestnut would have been worth the cover charge alone. As on the CD, Butman's tone was strong, compelling and bluesy and he played passionately without over-emoting. Their version of "Summer Song was reminiscent of Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas." "Water Skis sounded more like a Raymond Scott Warner Brothers classic; the band ran with it, especially Chestnut, who quoted The Flintstones theme while soloing. In the right hands, even cartoon music can be technically challenging—and fun. ---Terrell Kent Holmes, allaboutjazz.com

Generally regarded as the Russian Wynton Marsalis, saxophonist Igor Butman's new release, Magic Land, features ten recordings of popular cartoon themes from his native country. With an all-star band including Chick Corea on piano, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist John Papitucci, Randy Brecker on Trumpet and Stefon Harris on vibes, Magic Land shows off both Butman's incredible skills as well as his playful side. As Jack DeJohnette, who also produced the album, writes in the liner notes, "I like Igor's tone, sound, Energy. I listened to the music and I thought it's an interesting concept for recording. This cartoon music is part of the Russian culture. It has a historical value as well...People will see cartoon feelings through some of the pieces, but also see the different jazz approach that musicians bring". ---Editorial Review

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Igor Butman's Big Band - Moscow 3 A.M. (2009) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/jazz/2923-igor-butman/22275-igor-butmans-big-band-moscow-3-am-2009.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/jazz/2923-igor-butman/22275-igor-butmans-big-band-moscow-3-am-2009.html Igor Butman's Big Band - Moscow 3 A.M. (2009)

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1 	Russian Passion
2 	That's All 	
3 	Dirty Dozen 	
4 	Nevalyashki 	
5 	Take The "A" Train
6 	The Bells Rung In Novgorod 	
7 	Mirage 	
8 	We'll Be Back
9 	Moscow At 3 A.M. 	
10 	Little Finale

Bandleader, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones – Igor Butman
Alto Saxophone, Flute – Konstantin Safyanov 
Baritone Saxophone, Flute – Aleksandr Dovgopolyi 
Bass Trombone – Nikolay Shevnin (
Conductor – Nikolay Levinovsky
Contrabass – Vitalyi Solomonov
Drums – Eduard Zizak
Piano – Anton Baronin
Sopranino Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute – Oleg Grimov
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Dmitryi Mospan
Trombone – Alexander Ageev, Maxim Piganov, Mihail Gigin
Trumpet – Vladimir Galactionov,  Pavel Zhulin
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Artyom Kovalchuk, Vadim Eilenkrig
Trumpet – Wynton Marsalis (tracks: 1, 5, 8)


Casting a welcome spotlight on the underexposed Russian jazz scene, star saxophonist Igor Butman reunites with a longtime friend and collaborator, composer/arranger Nick Levinovsky, to co-lead a bright, swinging 16-piece ensemble on Moscow @ 3 A.M. Both men are important figures in their nation’s jazz history: In the 1980s, Butman and Levinovsky formed the core of the band Allegro, among the best-known carriers of the jazz banner in what was still the Soviet Union. In the intervening years, Butman has bounced between Moscow and New York, building an impressive résumé of work with top international artists. (He’s recruited Wynton Marsalis as a guest soloist here.)

The music, blazingly rendered for a full 77 minutes, is pretty much all Levinovsky. Smoothly gliding and tightly focused, Levinovsky’s lush orchestrations are always on the move, built from hard-swinging, repeated riff melodies that recall Gerald Wilson’s big-band style but also carry the occasional whiff of folk melody. Solos are spread around the group, and Butman’s presence, while strong and assured, is far from dominant. Still, he turns in some ambitious playing, stretching out from positions of calm repose to insistent, impassioned jabs, buoyed by the ensemble as in the sweeping, odd-metered cycle of “Dirty Dozen.”

The set is especially flattering to soprano saxophones. Tag-teaming in the sassy “Nevalyashki,” soprano players Dmitry Mospan and Oleg Grymov chase each other in circles, an elusive hummingbird’s flight juxtaposed with sure-footed analysis. And Marsalis adds his distinctive trumpet touch to three tracks, settling gently into Levinovsky’s enveloping swing like a pearl on a velvet cushion. --- Forrest Dylan Bryant, discogs.com

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