Boris Kozlov

Conversations At The Well

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Criss Cross
UPC: 8712474138920
Catnr: CRISS 1389
Release date: 17 June 2016
1 CD
✓ in stock
€ 19.95
Criss Cross
Catalogue number
CRISS 1389
Release date
17 June 2016

"When you take all of this music together, you can definetly say that this trio makes beautiful jazz music."

Jazzflits, 15-8-2016

About the album

After 13 Criss Cross sideman appearances, including four with the all-star collective Opus 5, Boris Kozlov, one of New York's busiest and most respected bassists in a multiplicity of genres, makes his leader debut for the label with Conversations At The Well.

Joined by the distinguished guitarist David Gilmore of Steve Coleman and Five Elements fame, and the increasingly prominent drummer Rudy Royston,Kozlov guides and grounds their creative navigation of repertoire by Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington,Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk, concluding the proceedings with a vivid, spontaneously generated blues.


“Kozlov is one of the anchors of modern jazz" Todd Barkan

2 times Grammy Award winning acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger, Boris Kozlov has been on New York and international jazz scene for the past 20 years. Currently serving as a Bassist, Arranger and Musical Director for Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's 'New World Spirit', Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, Alex Sipiagin, Jean -Michel Pilc and many others.

Boris Kozlov was born in Moscow ,USSR on December 5, 1967 . Having a chance to go to Children's Music School to study piano for 7 years, he fell in love with the bass and won Gnesin Music Academy competition to enter college at the age of 15 on electric bass guitar. While being influenced by rock and classical music, he took interest in jazz at 17 and went on to study acoustic bass with a notable bassist Anatoly Sobolev. Upon graduation in 1987 with Diploma of Honor at the age of 19, he served mandatory 2 years in the Soviet Army, where he had to play tuba and other brass instruments besides basses in the military band.

Once out of the Army, he was hired by the State owned 'Melodia' Studio Ensemble in 1989 and proceeded to record more than 40 albums with them as well as many other Soviet jazz artists. At the same time he continued his studies at The State Academy of Music. At the First USSR Competition of Jazz Soloists in 1990 he won The Grand Prix as well as a special prize for his original composition. After winning the first spot in Young Musician category in USSR Jazz Journal in 1991 he decided to move to New York.
The self-study continued in a specific NY jazz environment ,where he was eventually hired by Hassan Williams and Terry Gibbs/Buddy De Franco Band and later by :
saxophonists Bobby Watson, Bob Berg , Benny Golson, James Moody, Ronnie Cuber, John Stubblefield, Ravi Coltrane, Seamus Blake, Donny McCaslin .
trumpeters Dizzy Reese, Phillip Harper, Brian Lynch ( Grammy 2007), Alex Sipiagin,Ray Vega
pianists Eddie Palmieri, Walter Bishop Jr., Michel Petrucciani, Arturo O'Farrill, Michel Legrand, Stanley Cowell, Jon Ballantyne, George Colligan, Orrin Evans, Edward Simon, Helen Sung, Joey Calderazzo
vibraphonists Joe Locke, Bill Ware;
guitarists Mark Whitfield, David Gilmore, Adam Rogers, Jack Wilkins, Ximo Tebar
drummers Tommy Campbell, Victor Jones, Marlon Simon, Victor Lewis, Jonathan Blake, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Ali Jackson, Antonio Sanches;
vocalists Jay Mc Govern, Urszula Dudziak, Monday Michiru;
trombonists Conrad Herwig, Robin Eubanks, Andy Hunter;
trombonist/vocalist Frank Lacy’s Experience and the funk- jazz band NewHypeJazz

After sharing a stage with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Cobb, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Smith, Henry Butler, Toots Thielemans & Clark Terry on multiple occasions and playing on 9 Grammy nominated albums plus the Grammy winning 'Simpatico' -in addition to the other 160 albums, having few of his Scores published, Boris continues to serve as an MD for all of the Mingus Dynasty projects( winning his 2nd Grammy with them in 2010) ,touring and recording extensively with multitude of different other bands ,as well as doing international work with his own "Malfunction Alibi". He also performs solo bass and teaches master classes around the world following the release of his acoustic solo album " Double Standard".


When you take all of this music together, you can definetly say that this trio makes beautiful jazz music.
Jazzflits, 15-8-2016

All together this trio brings brilliant living jazz.  
Jazzflits, 15-8-2016

"And with each piece a gem pf sparkling solos and filigree detail, it's already on this year's list of my top 10 CDs."
Jazz wise, 01-8-2016

Play album

You might also like..

Swing On This
Opus 5
Misha’s Wishes
Misha Tsiganov Quintet
Let's Face the Music
Reinhardt Winkler
The Color of US Suite
Donald Edwards Quintet
Brooklyn Eye
Joachim Mencel
From Here To Here
David Gilmore
After Life
Noah Preminger
David Gilmore
Prelude To Real Life
Donald Edwards
Bird Calls (vinyl)
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Opus Five