Means Of Identification – Valery Ponomarev
A brassy piece in 3/4 with hard-bop vocabulary and a hint of Latin influence.
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- Recording: Valery Ponomarev - Means Of Identification
- Recorded on: April 14, 1985
- Label: Reservoir (RSR 101)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Valery Ponomarev
- Tenor Sax - Ralph Moore
- Piano - Hideki Takao
- Bass - Dennis Irwin
- Drums - Kenny Washington
Some of the song titles on this album refer to Valery's experiences leaving his native Russia for the US. The album cover featured Valery in front of the flags of the United Nations.
born on January 20, 1943
One of the first Russians to make a big name in the American jazz scene, Valery Ponomarev is a trumpet virtuoso whose hard bop style is enjoyed worldwide. Valery was first introduced to jazz during his youth while watching the television program "Voice of America." He was particularly entranced by trumpeter Clifford Brown and dedicated years of his life transcribing and studying great jazz trumpet solos. His hard work paid off: not only was he able to record regularly in the USSR under the Melodiya label, but after he left the country in 1973, it didn't take long for him to be offered a spot in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. During his four years with the Messengers, Valery appeared on eleven albums and toured worldwide. Read more...