Title - ‘Gleb Kolyadin’
Artist - Gleb Kolyadin
Following the success of two highly-praised albums with Iamthemorning, Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Kolyadin affirms his musical authority with his debut, self-titled album on Kscope.
The record features a staggering who’s-who of performers, including: Gavin Harrison (King Crimson / Porcupine Tree) on drums; Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson) on bass; Theo Travis (Robert Fripp / Porcupine Tree / Steven Wilson) on flute and saxophone; the unmistakable voice and lyrics of Steve Hogarth (Marillion) alongside Mick Moss (Antimatter); and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) on additional keys.
2. “Astral Architecture” (featuring Mick Moss)
3. “White Dawn”
6. “Into The Void”
7. “The Room”
8. “Confluence” (featuring Steve Hogarth)
9. “Constellation / The Bell”
10. “Echo / Sigh / Strand”
11. “Penrose Stairs”
12. “Storyteller” (featuring Jordan Rudess)
13. “The Best Of Days” (featuring Steve Hogarth)
The album is a collaborative piece with each musician recording their own parts separately, starting with Gleb recording himself on grand piano in Moscow Winter-Spring 2017 at the famed Mosfilm studio.
From the moment the keys of Gleb combine with the tempered drum work back bone of opening track ‘Insight,’ you know you’re listening to something special. Featuring Mick Moss (best known for his role in the band Antimatter), the lighter fare of ‘Astral Architecture’ is next, and is backed seamlessly by both ‘White Dawn’ and the more uptempo, playful fun of ‘Kaleidoscope.’
The mid-tempo, piano hipsway of ‘Eidolon’ is my own personal favorite of the new tracks, and that’s followed by the upbeat ‘Into the Void’ and then the musically full on ‘The Room,’ Featuring Steve Hogarth (Marillion), ‘Confluence’ is a massively engaging track. Combining the piano skills of Gleb entwined within the hushed vocal tones of Hogarth, the track is mesmerizing.
Next up is ‘Constellation / The Bell’, a strong track that resonates throughout , and that’s backed by the passionate ride of the trilogy within ‘Echo / Sigh / Strand’. Gleb’s playful key strokes are once again brought to the fore on the triumphant ‘Penrose Stairs’ (featuring Jordan Rudess), before the album rounds out with the preciseness of ‘Storyteller’, and then we get yet another magical musical outing from both Gleb and Hogarth on the first track to be revealed on this project, ‘The Best of Days.’
This self-titled work of musical genius was mixed and engineered by Vlad Avy, who also previously worked on the two Iamthemorning records.
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