Some fierce Estonian jazz from tenor saxophonist Lembit Saarsalu and pianist Leonid Vintskevich, whom I first saw rip off a chunk of spacetime at the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 1989. This Russian LP on the Melodiya label has a big dynamic range, and unfortunately is a tad crackly in the quiet bits. According to the liner notes, it was recorded digitally in 1986, and Melodiya does offer a CD reissue of the duo’s 1991 LP Blues for the Night with bonus tracks; so just maybe out of the thousands of recordings by thousands of artists in their back catalogue, one day they may see fit to give this a proper digital reissue too.
I have cassette copies of Saarsalu and Vintskevich performing at clinics at the LHJF in 1992 and 1997, which I’ll digitize and post at a later date.
ВСЁ В ТЕБЕ (All of You) (Cole Porter)
ЭСТОНСКИЙ ДИАЛОГ (Estonia Dialogue) (Estonian folk melody, arr. Saarsalu)
ВЕЧЕРНЯЯ МУЗЫКА (Night Music) (Saarsalu)
ПОЛЫНЬ-ТРАВА (Sagebrush-Grass) (Vintskevich)
ПЕСНЯ ДЛЯ ИРМЕЛИ (Song for Irmeli) (Saarsalu)
Я ЛЮБЛЮ ТЕБЯ (I Love You) (Cole Porter)
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