GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN

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Jazz trio combining Russian soul with the influence of Sunny Murray, Albert Ayler, Art Ensemble of Chicago etc, formed in Vilnius, (then) Soviet Lithuania c 1971 by Vyacheslav Ganelin (b 17 December 1944, Kraskovo), piano, composer; also percussion, electric guitar etc; Vladimir Chekasin (b 24 February 1947, Sverdlovsk) on reeds, drummer Vladimir Tarasov (b 29 June 1947, Archangelsk), all multi-instrumentalists. Soviet jazz was (understandably) derivative until an avant-garde movement began '70s; the artists invent the structures and are not required to belong to a category, which is partly why jazz (or better, improvised music) has at last become an international language, as opposed to being completely dominated by Americans. Western audiences and critics often missed the point as far as the Ganelin Trio are concerned, but their music cannot be ignored (there was a short-lived East Wind label in the USA that performed a valuable service by issuing half a read more...
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GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Discography

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN albums / top albums

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Velnio Nuotaka (The Devil's Bride) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Velnio Nuotaka (The Devil's Bride)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1976
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Джазовые Импровизации (Jazz Improvisations) (aka Con Anima) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Джазовые Импровизации (Jazz Improvisations) (aka Con Anima)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Concerto Grosso album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concerto Grosso
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Poi Segue... Далее Следует... album cover 3.80 | 3 ratings
Poi Segue... Далее Следует...
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Ganelin / Tarasov : Opus A2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ganelin / Tarasov : Opus A2
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Non Troppo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non Troppo
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Semplice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Semplice
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Non Troppo (1985) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non Troppo (1985)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Ganelin / Vyshniauskas / Talas : Inverso album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ganelin / Vyshniauskas / Talas : Inverso
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Opuses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Opuses
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Slava Ganelin / Vladimir Volkov : Ne Slyshno album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slava Ganelin / Vladimir Volkov : Ne Slyshno
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Slava Ganelin - Vladimir Homyakov : Neuma album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slava Ganelin - Vladimir Homyakov : Neuma
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN EPs & splits

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Wiaczysław Ganielin Trio* / Humphrey Lyttelton Group : Jazz Jamboree '76 Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wiaczysław Ganielin Trio* / Humphrey Lyttelton Group : Jazz Jamboree '76 Vol.1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN live albums

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Trio Wiaczeslawa Ganielina album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio Wiaczeslawa Ganielina
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Live In East Germany (aka Catalogue) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live In East Germany (aka Catalogue)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Con Fuoco : Live In Moscow And West Berlin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Con Fuoco : Live In Moscow And West Berlin
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Ancora Da Capo Part 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ancora Da Capo Part 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Ancora Da Capo Part 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ancora Da Capo Part 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN VIDE album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
VIDE
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN New Wine album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
New Wine
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Strictly for Our Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strictly for Our Friends
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Baltic Triangle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Baltic Triangle
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Con Affetto album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Con Affetto
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Ttaango ... In Nickelsdorf album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ttaango ... In Nickelsdorf
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN A Concert in Moscow (with Mario Schiano) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
A Concert in Moscow (with Mario Schiano)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Vyacheslav Ganelin : Con Amore album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vyacheslav Ganelin : Con Amore
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Ganelin / Chekasin  - Ganelin  / Tarasov ‎: 3 - 1 = 3 / Threeminusoneequalsthree album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ganelin / Chekasin - Ganelin / Tarasov ‎: 3 - 1 = 3 / Threeminusoneequalsthree
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Poco-A-Poco album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Poco-A-Poco
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Jerusalem February Cantabile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jerusalem February Cantabile
Avant-Garde Jazz 1989
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN San Francisco Holidays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
San Francisco Holidays
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Encores album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Encores
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Ganelin : On Stage...Backstage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ganelin : On Stage...Backstage
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN ...Old Bottles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
...Old Bottles
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Vyacheslav Ganelin / Petras Vysniauskas  / Arkadi Gotesman  : Trio Alliance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vyacheslav Ganelin / Petras Vysniauskas / Arkadi Gotesman : Trio Alliance
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN On The Edge Of A Dream (with Esti Kenan-Ofri) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On The Edge Of A Dream (with Esti Kenan-Ofri)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Birds Of Passage (with Esti Kenan Ofri) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Birds Of Passage (with Esti Kenan Ofri)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Golden Years Of The Soviet New Jazz Volume IV album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Years Of The Soviet New Jazz Volume IV
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN 15 Year Reunion: Live At The Frankfurt Book Fair album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
15 Year Reunion: Live At The Frankfurt Book Fair
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Eight Reflections of the Past Century album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eight Reflections of the Past Century
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Live in Germany album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Germany
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Falling into Place (with Ned Rothenberg) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Falling into Place (with Ned Rothenberg)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Live in Lugano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Lugano
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Visions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Visions
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Slava Ganelin & Alex Kremer : Concert At Levontin 7 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slava Ganelin & Alex Kremer : Concert At Levontin 7
Third Stream 2013
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Ganelin Trio Priority : Solution album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ganelin Trio Priority : Solution
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Live In Shenzhen (Russian New Music In China) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Shenzhen (Russian New Music In China)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Slava Ganelin / Lenny Sendersky : Hotel Cinema album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slava Ganelin / Lenny Sendersky : Hotel Cinema
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Slava Ganelin, Alexey Kruglov, Oleg Yudanov ‎: Us album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slava Ganelin, Alexey Kruglov, Oleg Yudanov ‎: Us
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN re-issues & compilations

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Trio Vjačeslava Ganelina : Ancora Da Capo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio Vjačeslava Ganelina : Ancora Da Capo
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Ancora Da Capo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ancora Da Capo
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Con Anima / Concerto Grosso album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Con Anima / Concerto Grosso
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001

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Live at The Lithuanian National Philarmony Vilnius 2005
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006

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GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Live In East Germany (aka Catalogue)

Live album · 1980 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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It's quite paradoxical that Ganelin Trio, most probably the only European band which played free jazz by the same way and on the same level of creativity and virtuosity as genre's American leaders, have deep Eurasian roots. Founded in early 70s in Vilnius, capital city of then Russians occupied Lithuania, it included three emigrants from Russia motherland.

Band's leader pianist and composer Vyacheslav (Slava) Ganelin was born in a family of Russian Jews not far from Moscow in the end of WWII and moved to occupied Vilnius with his parents being 4 years old boy. Sax player Vladimir Chekasin born in Sverdlovsk (now - Yekaterinburg), Ural's industrial town right on the border between Europe and Asia. He graduated as classic clarinet artist in his hometown conservatory and moved to Vilnius already being young perspective musician at 24. Drummer Vladimir Tarasov comes from Russian sub-Arctic city of Archangelsk, important Russian Navy port in the Far North, where he played jazz in local clubs still being teenager. At 19 he started music studies in St. Petersburg Conservatory but has been dismissed same year because of propaganda of jazz(!).He didn't return to Archangelsk but moved to Vilnius, where he started playing jazz with pianist Ganelin in legendary Vilnius' "Neringa" restaurant.

So, in year 1971 in Vilnius, town where I was born and grew up (ok, I was only 8 years old boy in 1971), three future avant-garde jazz giants founded the trio which influenced all Lithuanian jazz scene for decades ahead. For outsiders, it's almost impossible to imagine in what world trio's music was born. As a century before that Russian Empire banned the use of Lithuanian language in a territory of occupied Lithuania in any form,other than spoken word (i.i. books,newspapers,schools and University education on Lithuanian all were under the ban), their successors Soviet Empire banned on all controlled territories any forms of Western culture, different than some classical music. Rock music was a main target as it sounded as a right danger for Communist regime, jazz (since there as rule is no lyrics) was classified as "rotten Capitalism" propaganda and was under pressure and strict control as well. Vilnius (besides of Tallinn in Estonia, another Russian occupied European country) was a true mecca for semi-underground jazz since the town during Soviet rule became a quite isolated place, kind of sleepy province far from Moscow and Leningrad where everything was under strict control of KGB eyes. There in Lithuania of that period even existed a jazz studies in State Conservatory (established not in capital Vilnius, but in Klaipeda - smaller town 300 km west on Baltic coast, even more far from Big Brother's eyes).

So, there were some fresh air for jazz musicians in Vilnius with possibility to play in restaurants, Universities halls and even on local radio/TV in rare cases. From other hand, Vilnius was in same isolation from internal world (read - world outside of USSR) as any other place in Empire of Evil. There was no possibility to buy jazz recordings or to hear modern jazz played on radio (rare exception was a Polish radio often plying pop jazz, it was possible to hear it in Vilnius). The only source of musical news was a contraband vinyls coming from West which were extremely rare, banned and as a result unbelievable expensive (to buy one I often needed to pay my young graduate engineer two weeks' salary).

There were active exchange of used vinyl and home-made tapes between musicians and jazz fans as well which often was main sources of any new information. In that atmosphere three young musicians with classical music education and underground street-wise new jazz information started playing music never heard here before. As a result, Ganelin Trio,especially on early stage, sounded as fresh and unexpected European version of Art Ensemble of Chicago: they played lot of instruments (often sounding as much bigger combo than real trio) mixing American free jazz with their classic music formal roots and in part Russian folklore.

There are lot of recordings coming from late 70s - early 80s recorded by trio, but almost all of them are bootleg level live tapes, smuggled through the border and released in UK by another Russian Jew emigre in UK Leo Feigin on his Leo records. "Live In East Germany" is a good example of such release - rare foreign gig (recorded in Eastern Germany), as usually - one long composition divided on two vinyl sides. Trio sounds as much bigger band (Ganelin even plays some distorted guitars closer to the end of the gig, Chekasin plays multiple saxophones simultaneously), there is lot of freedom, lot of melodies, hyper-energy of their live shows and lot of humor and circus as well.

All music sounds fresh and unexpected and surprisingly well organized what evidences classical musicians' education. Don't be fulled by the year of the concert - because of Iron Curtain free jazz came to this part of Europe much later and there are one of very early evidences of it. Taking in account the time correction because of political reasons, they are as fresh as US free jazz of mid 60s.

One great (and for many jazz fans unexpectable) music, it is easier acceptable now because of some re-issues around. Ganelin left for Israel in 1987 disbanding the trio, he teaches music in Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy and plays regular concerts in Vilnius till now. Chekasin teaches in same Academy and runs students big band, Tarasov switched towards avant-garde audio-visual arts, one can hear/see his new installations regularly.

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN New Wine

Live album · 1983 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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"New Wine..." is an album in voluminous series of Lithuanian Ganelin Trio albums, released by UK-based Leo records in early 80s. Actually, Leo label has been founded by Russian Jew Leo Feigin,who left Soviet Union for Israel in 1974 and soon find himself working in London for BBC Russian Services, mostly to promote unknown in the Western world free jazz from Soviet Union.

Ganelin Trio were main artists pushing Leo Records ahead at label's early stage. Since there were no legal possibility for artists (at least - jazz and rock musicians)from Soviet Union to release their recordings outside of Soviet Block, almost all Leo releases of that time are actually an authorized bootlegs, mostly semi-pro live recordings from different,often underground gigs. Recorded tapes crossed the border usually in an illegal way to become later vinyl albums which were not available for purchase in Soviet Union.

"New Wine..." contains one long composition (divided on two parts because of vinyl album's limitations) recorded in Latvian capitol Riga (part of Soviet Union at the time of recording) in summer 1982. Even usually tagged as "free jazz" band, Ganelin Trio always played well organized music, their own mix of classic composition, complex virtuosic improvisation and almost childish Art Ensemble of Chicago-like playfulness. Trio sounds as bigger combo here, it's almost unbelievable that this complex high intensity music is played by three musicians. In addition to Tarasov's drumming machinery, Ganelin besides of his usual piano plays electric guitar,horn and percussion when Chekasin demonstrates unique abilities combining two saxophones (simultaneously),trombone,horn and clarinet.The very same year I (still a student) saw Chekasin playing live solo concert in my University (I have been lucky to live and study in the same town where Ganelin Trio has been founded and based), he played simultaneously two saxophones and electronic device-based highly improvised night which made me,originally AC/DC and Deep Purple fan, an jazz adept for life!

"New Wine..." isn't trio's best gig (they sound a bit too formal here and sound quality could be better as well)and one can find them playing same material on some other releases. But at the same time this album is another great evidence of excellent musical occurrence, unexpected and unique in their own way,when repressive regime can initiate a birth of extremely free and impossible to control music which than becomes a part of the all world's cultural legacy.

GANELIN TRIO/SLAVA GANELIN Poi Segue... Далее Следует...

Album · 1982 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Former Soviet Union was hardly a jazz Mecca. And it's nothing strange - for decades empire's official ideology was "jazz is bourgeois art" (or adapted for masses it sounded as popular song's lyrics - "who is listening to jazz today tomorrow will sell his fatherland").

But even there,under the Iron Curtain existed at least few excellent jazz artists (yes, few is not much for the country with population of 350 millions). To be honest, there even existed official jazz orchestra in Moscow (Garanyan's Melodija)for playing authorities approved optimistic tunes (again - mostly not for domestic use, but just to show all the outside world how democratic the regime is).

But in a country where almost no-one even had idea to speak what he is really feel or think in public, jazz was a rare possibility of fresh air (or escape from totalitarian control of people lives and even minds). So in occupied by Russia territories of former independent Baltic states with centuries of European cultural history and far from Moscow's eyes few great jazz musicians found their place to survive and even play their music.

Absolutely the best free jazz band from all Soviet Union existing period was Ganelin's Trio, founded in Vilnius,Lithuania in 1970.Vyacheslav "Slava" Ganelin was born in Russia (in small town near Moscow) in 1944 and being just 4 with his family moved to heavily destroyed after WWII and occupied by Red Army Vilnius. Graduated as jazz (!) musician and composer by Vilnius Music Academy (the only place on the all territory of SU where student could be graduated as jazz musician/composer)in 1968, together with percussionist and drummer Vladimir Tarasov and saxophonist Vladimir Chekasin he formed the Ganelin Trio.It's interesting that Chekasin (born in Sverdlovsk,Ural,Russia,1947) and Tarasov (born in Archangelsk,Northern Russia)both were Russian emigrants as well,they came to Lithuania because it was only place in all SU where they could play their jazz!

Ganelin Trio working as official band of Vilnius Philharmonic represented Soviet Union's modern music in world jazz fests and were the first Soviet band ever played in States.They had more difficulties playing inside of SU, but still had some underground concerts in Moscow and Leningrad and were quite regular act on Lithuanian (and in part Estonian) stage.

Fortunately, I was born and grow up in Vilnius and Chekasin playing free improvs using two saxes at the same time was my very first jazz impression ever.During 70s and 80s Trio released a lot of albums (some on local Lithuanian label with sales in Lithuania only and other on W.European labels,usually on London-based Leo Records,absolutely unavailable for Soviet listeners),so they were better known in Lithuania and abroad than in rest of SU.

Poi Segue is one of their best known around SU album, released on leading Soviet State label "Melodyja". Just one long composition (divided on two vinyl album's sides), very complex composition with lot of free,but well organised improves. Mostly Ganelin piano based,but with enough space for sax and drums soloing.Not the best trio's album, but one between their really good releases. Sounds modern enough even now - it's pity they were so under-evaluated in their time!

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