Oleg Kireyev, leader/saxophones
Keith Javors, leader/piano
Tom Harrell, trumpet/flugalhorn
Ben Williams, bass
E.J. Strickland, drums
In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Upcoming Release Showcases Exciting Post-Cold War Partnership
OLEG KIREYEV AND KEITH JAVORS JOIN FORCES WITH TOM HARRELL,BEN WILLIAMS, AND E.J. STRICKLAND ON LATEST ORIGINAL RECORDING
“Expansive vision and boundless rhythmic variation…a band with tremendous self-assurance and unlimited imagination.”
— Downbeat Magazine
PHILADELPHIA, PA – At a time of great political and social uncertainty, the dynamic post-cold war partnership of the Russian Federation’s Oleg Kireyev (saxophone) and America’s Keith Javors(piano) has inspired jazz audiences around the globe. A follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut record Rhyme and Reason, the co-leaders welcomed jazz trumpet luminary Tom Harrell and the heralded bass/drums combination of Ben Williams(Pat Metheny) and E.J. Strickland (Ravi Coltrane) to the studio in late October 2013 for their powerful upcoming release, entitled The Meeting, available next Winter. The new record, which bridges the influences of two continents, will feature new original compositions by Kireyev and Javors, interspersed with standard material presented through a fresh and swinging lens.
Even though their musical and symbiotic relationship has been somewhat brief in time, it has been deep in spirit and output. In September 2008, after a debut performance at the legendary Blues Alley in Washington D.C., Oleg and Keith formed a symbiotic partnership that quickly inspired three American and three European tours. In addition to performances at numerous top-notch venues such as Smalls, the Iridium, and Blues Alley, they were together featured at the International House of Music, one of the premiere concert venues in Russia. Kireyev and Javors also headlined the Jazz Festival in the historic Russian city of Yaroslavl and many others, performing countless venues. Their flourishing partnership culminated in the April 13, 2010 release of Rhyme & Reason, featuring Russian saxophone player Oleg Kireyev and American pianist Keith Javors along with bassist Boris Kozlov(Charles Mingus Big Band) and drummer E. J. Strickland(Ravi Coltrane).
Oleg Kireyev is an internationally recognized musician, frequently on tour and playing to appreciative audiences in Europe and the U.S. The Express and Star, UK, says Kireyev is “a Russian sax player with a reputation for hard swing and high excitement.” Oleg has participated in many innovative and provocative international jazz projects in a recording/performing career spanning three decades. His creative ideas are vast, from mainstream and ethno to jazz rock and world music. “Incredibly good”, “soft & enthusiastic”,and “stylish and top notch” are phrases music critics write about the voice of his saxophone. He has performed at the London Jazz Festival, the New York Jazz Improv Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival, to name a few. As musician Bud Shank says: “Oleg’s playing is a marvelous combination of styles, incorporating a whole lot of players. I hear echoes of the 1920’s and John Coltrane combined with unstructured jazz.”
Keith Javors is an iconoclastic figure in today’s music scene. Known for his “technical virtuosity, a riveting compositional style, and constant creativity”(AllAboutJazz), Javors is also a world-renowned educator, as well as artist and producer. A true musicians’ musician, he prides himself on innovation, bringing to the surface revolutionary ideas. A fully dedicated live performer, Keith has the rare gift of sounding like he is playing for each individual listener alone. His performance credits are numerous, including a long list of records and tours at venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and many more. Bill Milkowski writes in Jazz Times, “Javors distinguishes himself as a bandleader intent on collective envelope-pushing.”