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"Club Review of Rejuvination Project"

Club Review
Music Connection , January 27, 2007
Rejuvenation Project
La Ve Lee Jazz Club, Studio City
By Lisa Elaine Scott

alexeiz.com/press.php

ThePlayers: Alexei Zoubov, soprano and tenor saxophone; Brian Friedland, keyboards; Hamilton Price, Bass; Jens Kuross, drums.

Material: This group is headed by veteran saxophonist and composer Zoubov, who began his career in Stalinist Russia. Zoubov is a consummate risk-taker. While he doesn’t shy away from straight ahead jazz, he willingly incorporates elements of world music, Russian folk music, Middle Eastern music and contemporary chamber music into his compositions. This makes for an impressive amount of stylistic diversity.

Musicianship: All high-caliber musicians with extensive formal training, these players provide some inspired solo work. Keyboardist Friedland’s rapid runs are exhilarating. Kuross’ intriguing array of rhythm patterns and Price’s unyielding bass lines provide rich textures and colorful contours that seem nearly tangible. On saxophone, Zoubov masterfully moves from huge mournful swells to gently rippling arpeggios that change direction without notice.

Performance: In between each piece, the charismatic Zoubov related delightful anecdotes, which helped the audience understand the historical and social context in which these compositions were written. With fifty years of experience between the saxophonist and his 20-something bandmates, Zoubov could have easily pulled seniority and kept the spotlight to himself. Instead, he led gracefully, which allowed the other players a good deal of room for self-expression, and the resulting musical conversation was nothing short of soul stirring.

Summary: Zoubov’s goal was to bring together some first-rate, up-and-coming young jazz musicians to reinterpret and reinvigorate his expansive body of work. The result - the Rejuvenation Project - provides a phenomenal performance that will thrill everyone from the most ardent jazz fan to the uninitiated newcomer.
- Music Connection


"Club Review of Rejuvination Project"

Club Review
Music Connection , January 27, 2007
Rejuvenation Project
La Ve Lee Jazz Club, Studio City
By Lisa Elaine Scott

alexeiz.com/press.php

ThePlayers: Alexei Zoubov, soprano and tenor saxophone; Brian Friedland, keyboards; Hamilton Price, Bass; Jens Kuross, drums.

Material: This group is headed by veteran saxophonist and composer Zoubov, who began his career in Stalinist Russia. Zoubov is a consummate risk-taker. While he doesn’t shy away from straight ahead jazz, he willingly incorporates elements of world music, Russian folk music, Middle Eastern music and contemporary chamber music into his compositions. This makes for an impressive amount of stylistic diversity.

Musicianship: All high-caliber musicians with extensive formal training, these players provide some inspired solo work. Keyboardist Friedland’s rapid runs are exhilarating. Kuross’ intriguing array of rhythm patterns and Price’s unyielding bass lines provide rich textures and colorful contours that seem nearly tangible. On saxophone, Zoubov masterfully moves from huge mournful swells to gently rippling arpeggios that change direction without notice.

Performance: In between each piece, the charismatic Zoubov related delightful anecdotes, which helped the audience understand the historical and social context in which these compositions were written. With fifty years of experience between the saxophonist and his 20-something bandmates, Zoubov could have easily pulled seniority and kept the spotlight to himself. Instead, he led gracefully, which allowed the other players a good deal of room for self-expression, and the resulting musical conversation was nothing short of soul stirring.

Summary: Zoubov’s goal was to bring together some first-rate, up-and-coming young jazz musicians to reinterpret and reinvigorate his expansive body of work. The result - the Rejuvenation Project - provides a phenomenal performance that will thrill everyone from the most ardent jazz fan to the uninitiated newcomer.
- Music Connection


"Rejuvination CD Review by Scott Yanow"

http://www.scottyanow.com/LAJAZZSCENE.html

Alexei Zoubov
Rejuvenation
(AZ)

Alexei Zoubov was born in Russia 71 years ago. In his
career he worked with the Oleg Lundstrem big band, spent
seven years with Vadim Ludvikovsky’s Radio and
Television big band, was employed as a studio musician
and led his own jazz combos. He was considered one of
the major names of jazz in Russia, an occupation that had
its dangerous aspects during the Soviet Union years.

Zoubov settled in Los Angeles in 1984 and has continued
being quite busy, playing with everyone from Chick Corea
to Milcho Leviev. Zoubov’s large tone on tenor is at times
reminiscent of both Coleman Hawkins in the early 1960s
and Archie Shepp without sounding like a copy of either of
them. He also doubles on soprano.

For Rejuvenation, a set of his originals, Zoubov heads a
quartet that features three musicians in their twenties:
pianist Brian Friedland, bassist Hamilton Price and
drummer Jens Kuross. To his great credit, the saxophonist
sounds like the youngest musician on the date. His music
includes both warm melodies and free-form blowing
sections, often drawing its inspiration from Russian folk
melodies including on his three-part “Russian Suite.”

There are humorous stretches, particularly during “Pink
March,” “Radical Tango” and “Polka Beams And Moon
Dots,” all of which are part of his thus-far incomplete “Anti-
Social Studies” suite. With Friedland contributing lyrical
solos that would not be out of place on a Keith Jarrett
record and consistently subtle contributions from Price and
Kuross, Zoubov has the perfect group for his colorful and
unique compositions, some of which were written over 40
years ago, and for his high-energy solos.

Rejuvenation is the type of recording that grows in interest
with each listening for there is much to discover. It is not a
conventional jazz project, not with those quirky melodies,
the episodic nature of the frameworks, and Zoubov’s
sound in general. This intriguing and rewarding effort is
available from www.alexeiz.com.
Scott Yanow
- LA Jazz Scene


"Rejuvination CD Review by Scott Yanow"

http://www.scottyanow.com/LAJAZZSCENE.html

Alexei Zoubov
Rejuvenation
(AZ)

Alexei Zoubov was born in Russia 71 years ago. In his
career he worked with the Oleg Lundstrem big band, spent
seven years with Vadim Ludvikovsky’s Radio and
Television big band, was employed as a studio musician
and led his own jazz combos. He was considered one of
the major names of jazz in Russia, an occupation that had
its dangerous aspects during the Soviet Union years.

Zoubov settled in Los Angeles in 1984 and has continued
being quite busy, playing with everyone from Chick Corea
to Milcho Leviev. Zoubov’s large tone on tenor is at times
reminiscent of both Coleman Hawkins in the early 1960s
and Archie Shepp without sounding like a copy of either of
them. He also doubles on soprano.

For Rejuvenation, a set of his originals, Zoubov heads a
quartet that features three musicians in their twenties:
pianist Brian Friedland, bassist Hamilton Price and
drummer Jens Kuross. To his great credit, the saxophonist
sounds like the youngest musician on the date. His music
includes both warm melodies and free-form blowing
sections, often drawing its inspiration from Russian folk
melodies including on his three-part “Russian Suite.”

There are humorous stretches, particularly during “Pink
March,” “Radical Tango” and “Polka Beams And Moon
Dots,” all of which are part of his thus-far incomplete “Anti-
Social Studies” suite. With Friedland contributing lyrical
solos that would not be out of place on a Keith Jarrett
record and consistently subtle contributions from Price and
Kuross, Zoubov has the perfect group for his colorful and
unique compositions, some of which were written over 40
years ago, and for his high-energy solos.

Rejuvenation is the type of recording that grows in interest
with each listening for there is much to discover. It is not a
conventional jazz project, not with those quirky melodies,
the episodic nature of the frameworks, and Zoubov’s
sound in general. This intriguing and rewarding effort is
available from www.alexeiz.com.
Scott Yanow
- LA Jazz Scene


"Review of Kim Richmond's CD "Live @ Cafe Metropol""

http://www.origin-records.com/reviews/review.php?ReviewID=592

The first live CD by Kim Richmond's sextet is full of extended performances (five of the seven numbers clock in between 9:46 and 16:08) and dynamic solos. When the song is a standard, such as a lengthy exploration of "You Don't Know What Love Is" or "Invitation," the renditions are episodic, benefiting from Richmond's arranging skills. The originals (of which the explosive "Fuzzy Wuzzy" is a highpoint) are inside/outside, allowing the soloists to stretch out and take the music on inspired flights. Richmond (mostly on alto but doubling on soprano) is heard at his very best and trumpeter John Daversa recalls Kenny Wheeler in spots, while Joey Sellers makes one wonder why he is not mentioned when one discusses the top trombonists around today. Rich Eames and Brian Friedland (heard on separate dates) do an equally fine job on piano while bassist Kristin Korb and drummer Erik Klass offer alert and tasteful support. The music is complex but the playing is colorful and the results are quite logical and a joy to hear. Highly recommended.

- All About Jazz


"Review of Kim Richmond's CD "Live @ Cafe Metropol""

http://www.origin-records.com/reviews/review.php?ReviewID=592

The first live CD by Kim Richmond's sextet is full of extended performances (five of the seven numbers clock in between 9:46 and 16:08) and dynamic solos. When the song is a standard, such as a lengthy exploration of "You Don't Know What Love Is" or "Invitation," the renditions are episodic, benefiting from Richmond's arranging skills. The originals (of which the explosive "Fuzzy Wuzzy" is a highpoint) are inside/outside, allowing the soloists to stretch out and take the music on inspired flights. Richmond (mostly on alto but doubling on soprano) is heard at his very best and trumpeter John Daversa recalls Kenny Wheeler in spots, while Joey Sellers makes one wonder why he is not mentioned when one discusses the top trombonists around today. Rich Eames and Brian Friedland (heard on separate dates) do an equally fine job on piano while bassist Kristin Korb and drummer Erik Klass offer alert and tasteful support. The music is complex but the playing is colorful and the results are quite logical and a joy to hear. Highly recommended.

- All About Jazz


Discography

Brian Friedland and Angela Vicente,
"Beautiful Battle" (2005)

As sidemen:

Brian Friedland-

Alexei Zoubov, "Rejuvination" (2007)
Kim Richmond, "Live at Cafe Metropol" (Origin Records, 2007)
Sebastian Robin Craig and Ascendant, "Volition" (2007)

Angela Vicente-

Podcast interview for Music Cardique (2005)

http://www.musiquecardiaque.com (#6)

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Bio

"Separately, Brian Friedland and Angela Vicente are fabulous and inventive artists. Together, the effect is exponential. The musical parodies of "Household Items" are fantastic, funny and poignant voyages, and their treatment of standard songs are reverent and inspirational." -Composer/pianist Shelly Berg (musical director for Patti Austin, dean of Frost School of Music at University of Miami)

"Brian Friedland's Household Items song cycle is clever, witty, beautifully crafted and brilliantly executed by the Friedland/Vicente duo. Friedland has his own take on working with "found poetry"...... fresh, inventive... These two young musicians are bound for an exciting future." -- Composer/pianist Frank Carlberg (Recordings on Accurate Records and Fresh Sound labels, has performed and recorded with jazz icons Bob Brookmeyer and Steve Lacy)

The Los Angeles based duo of pianist Brian Friedland and vocalist Angela Vicente are respected for their eclectic, imaginitive performances that thoughtfully blend intricate original compositions with bold interpretations of jazz standards and classic pop tunes. Their latest project, a song cycle by Friedland called Household Items (which is also the name the duo goes by), is music that examines the realities of everyday life. Literally. Utilizing texts from items that are typically found in the household, Friedland’s music creates atmospheres that comically enhance the product’s claims or give it a new spin. Written for piano and voice, Household Items is a commentary on the ridiculous nature of advertising claims, warning labels, ingredient lists, and instructional manuals. It addresses nearly all tangible aspects of domestic life including the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and the wine cellar. As a pianist and composer who has played and written for jazz groups, classical ensembles, films, and funk/rock/pop bands, Friedland draws on has experience working in and across different genres to create an eclectic set of music that gives each product a unique musical identity. Household Items vocalist and Friedland's longtime musical partner Angela Vicente is an acclaimed and in-demand vocalist on the Los Angeles scene who is equally at home in jazz, pop, and classical settings. Vicente brings a wide palette of expression to apply to the myriad of subtleties of commercial products.

Friedland has performed his music at the Lima Jazz Festival in Peru, the American Pianists Association Cole Porter competition, and respected Los Angeles jazz venues such as the Jazz Bakery, Cafe Metropol, and the Vic as well as with top-notch student groups at the University of Southern California and the New England Conservatory of Music. His music can also be heard on the 2005 documentary “Horizon Line.” Grammy nominated composer and University of Southern California faculty member Kim Richmond describes Friedland's music as "not only professional quality material, but inspirationally crafted, an excellent and interesting mix of art works. He shows his dedication towards creating and performing new music." Friedland is also in demand as a pianist. In 2007, he performed in twenty-three states with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and has garnered much acclaim for his playing on recent recordings as a sideman. In a review of saxophonist Alexei Zoubov's 2007 release "Rejuvenation," respected jazz critic and frequent AllAboutJazz.com contributor Scott Yanow says, "Friedland contributes lyrical solos that would not be out of place on a Keith Jarrett record." On another 2007 album featuring Friedland's piano work, Kim Richmond's Origin Records release, "Live at Cafe Metropol," Yanow describes the band's playing as "colorful" and "a joy to hear" and proclaims the music "highly recommended."

Angela Vicente graduated magna cum laude from the distinguished USC Thornton School of Music, where she studied vocal jazz with artists including Jennifer Barnes and Michele Weir. Her recent performance roles have included big band vocalist, a soprano in the renowned USC Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. William Dehning, and a special performance as a back-up vocalist for pop/rock musician Steve Miller (of Steve Miller Band), which resulted in an invitation to record with him at Capitol Records in Hollywood. She has performed at Los Angeles jazz clubs such as Catalina's Bar & Grill, the Jazz Bakery, and Cafe Metropol as well as the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Vicente has toured Italy with a choir and performed with a big band in Lima, Peru where she taught vocal improvisation clinics at a jazz school, and was featured guest on a radio program. Vicente also traveled to Kosovo in 2007 with a rock band as part of a USO tour, performing on military bases for internationally gathered troops. Currently, Angela sings and plays percussion in a jazz trio, The Escape Tones. She also plays guitar in coffeehouses and can be found pounding energetic anthems on keyboard at the church where