Under a Different Sky
CD 570
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"Under a Different Sky"

SLAMCD 570          BARCODE  5028386635925



Leonid Vintskevich (piano), Steve Kershaw (double bass), Nick Vintskevich (saxophones).


The tunes on Under a Different Sky all reflect the lives, interests, influences and communal experiences of the trio. Forgotten Melody – Leonid’s meditation on half-remembered musical fragments; The Waltz of the Young Turks – inspired by a distinctive clapping rhythm banged out by drinkers in a bar in Bergama in Turkey; One Moment – a lyrical reflection on the Chernozem (‘Black Earth’) and big skies of Nick’s homeland; Face Kontrol – sharing the feelings you have outside Moscow nightclubs, where the ‘Face Kontrol’ official won’t let you in unless you are beautiful; Russian Ornament – party time on the Russian steppe with the workers, Stravinsky and home-made vodka; Sarabande – Steve’s take on Claude Debussy’s stately jazz-inflected dance in triple metre; Under a Different Sky – a solo bass improvisation (no overdubs or studio trickery here) inspired by Boudicca’s harangue to the warriors of the Ancient British Iceni tribe; Stabat Mater – dark bass melodies matching the Latin words of  a 13th-century hymn to Mary (Stabat mater dolorosa / juxta Crucem lacrimosa / dum pendebat Filius) with tolling bell-chimes from the piano; The Mad Dog and the Englishman – a walk in the English countryside with the composer and his English Springer Spaniel.

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Title:   Under a Different Sky


Leonid Vintskevich: Piano (tracks 1-6, 8-9)

Steve Kershaw: Double Bass (tracks 1-4, 6-9)

Nick Vintskevich: Alto Saxophone (tracks 4 & 9) and Soprano Saxophone (tracks 2-3, 5-6)


Track listings


1.      Forgotten Melody (Leonid Vintskevich) 5.21

2.      The Waltz of the Young Turks (Steve Kershaw) 4.55

3.      One Moment (Nick Vintskevich) 4.37

4.      Face Kontrol (Steve Kershaw) 5.59

5.      Russian Ornament (Leonid Vintskevich) 5.56

6.      Sarabande (Claude Debussy, arr. Steve Kershaw) 5.07

7.      Under a Different Sky (Steve Kershaw) 4.56

8.      Stabat Mater (Steve Kershaw) 4.29

9.      The Mad Dog and the Englishman (Steve Kershaw) 5.40


Total playing time 47.05



Recorded at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, England, 21 July 2014

Engineered by Matt Biss


Under a Different Sky (Track 7) recorded at HSO Studios, Oxford, England, on 17 April, 2014

Engineered by Chris Humphries


Mixed by Thomas Vang at The Village Recording, Copenhagen, Denmark, on 19 February 2015


Mastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio, Oxford, England, on 23 June, 2015

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