Azat Bayazitov, The Doors Are Open

The leader is the least familiar name of all the players here apart from the drummer. But don't let that put you off. Tenorist Azat Bayazitov, a Russian who used to play with the Igor Butman orchestra and is now living in the States, has a …

Published: 30 Jun 2020. Updated: 5 days.

The leader is the least familiar name of all the players here apart from the drummer. But don't let that put you off. Tenorist Azat Bayazitov, a Russian who used to play with the Igor Butman orchestra and is now living in the States, has a gloriously full sound in the Michael Brecker mould and his compositions have an immediate bustling quality to them.

With Adam Rogers on guitar; David Kikoski on piano or Rhodes; Boris Kozlov on bass; and Samvel Sarkisyan on drums, it's a formidable unit that the tenorist has drawn together for this album. Bayazitov is the sort of player perfect up close and personal in a club that is if we still had some clubs. The title is ironic, don't you think, in present circumstances. A great new discovery.

Out on Rainy Days records.

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'Emily' and 'The Shadow of Your Smile' composer Johnny Mandel has died

Johnny Mandel, who wrote such much covered songs as 'Emily' and the 'Theme from MASH' has died at the age of 94. As an arranger Mandel worked with Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and Hoagy …

Published: 30 Jun 2020. Updated: 5 days.

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Johnny Mandel, who wrote such much covered songs as 'Emily' and the 'Theme from MASH' has died at the age of 94. As an arranger Mandel worked with Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and Hoagy Carmichael and scored many films including The Sandpiper which for his song 'The Shadow of Your Smile' won him an Oscar and a Grammy.

See a report in Variety.