Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Quiet Duo

Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky (trumpet) and Vladimir Volkov (bass) perform their "In Search of a Standard" at the JFC Jazz Club in St.Petersburg, Russia, on February 28, 2011

Known as the Leningrad Duo, or the Quiet Duo, back in the 1980s, Slava Guyvoronsky and Vladimir Volkov parted ways in mid-1990s; Guyvoronsky's work is well-documented on Leo Records, while Volkov went on to play avant rock with several St.Petersburg-based formations. In 2003, they reunited in a wonderful improv trio with pianist Andrei Kondakov. I was heading to the JFC, St.Petersburg's best jazz club, to hear the trio this Monday; but it turned out that Kondakov was unable to perform because of flu, so I had a rare opportunity to hear the Quiet Duo once again, some 15 years after they ceased touring together as a duet.

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