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M-ARTEL

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Russia


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Michail Ivanov was born on November 16, 1975 in the city of Perm that later became a backdrop for the popular Russian series "Real boys". Revolutionary past of this area and the specific environment have led to the fact that he was expelled from the Perm School of Music for the fact that he had a row with the director.

He was immediately taken into ranks of the Russian army, where Mikhail began serving in the signalman brigade, and finished in the Moscow Military District at the rank of junior sergeant in Headquarters Band. However, the army did not attract him and young musician decided to become a civil saxophonist at his own risk. In 1997 he graduated from the jazz school in Ordynka and in 1998, to the surprise of many, he entered the Gnessin Academy, at the department at the great and terrible Professor Oseychuk. In 2002 he received the diploma that he is an expert, teacher and soloist of the dance orchestra and asked himself: "WTF?" As a session musician, performing all kinds of music, he has already proven itself with a good hand, but the role of a saxophonist on a call did not suit him.

Together with his wife, singer Natasha Levanova, and keyboardist Michail Spasibo formed the band named "Old wine in a new bottle". They thought that if only "modernize" jazz classics, put on the fashion groove and give it a modern expression, the whole world will fall at their feet with the words of gratitude and Grammy statuette.

First realized the futility keyboardist and sailed to entertain American retirees on cruise liners. Levanov family continued to stubbornly galvanize the corpse of traditional jazz. However, their efforts were not in vain. They gained invaluable arranger and performing experience, and by the end of the 2000 year band "Old wine in a new bottle" has become a permanent resident of the Moscow clubs. Michail had become a teacher, was playing in a big band of Oleg Lundstrem and George Garanyan, was working with Sergey Manukyan, Irina Shvedova, Natalya Gulkina and a certain amount of big artists.

In 2010 the "old wine" died and was reborn in a new capacity as the creative team of "M-Artel". From now on, the musicians were not related to the concept of "one team - one music", and could do everything, that allows them their professional fantasy.

There are various projects, such as "I love 60s", "Children's Album", "Beatles on my mind" and "Assemblage point". What unites them is only a general principle of artisti...
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4.02 | 4 ratings
The Assemblage Point
2011
4.35 | 6 ratings
War And Peace, Episode VII
2013

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Озорные Панкушки
2015

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 War And Peace, Episode VII by M-ARTEL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.35 | 6 ratings

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War And Peace, Episode VII
M-Artel Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is the second album from this Russian band, with a line-up which now consists of : Michail Levanov (saxophones ), Martinenko Paul ( guitar ), Vladimir Capyrin ) keyboards ), Victor Skating (drums ), Alexey Ryslavsky ( bass), Dmitry Maksimov ( bass ), Egor Dergachov ( keyboards ), and Natasha Levanova (muse). So, the only constant musician in this band is Michail Levanov. Anyway, the band still creates the similar musical style of their first album: very good Jazz-Rock / Fusion music with some influences from the seventies, mainly with the use of a Fender Rhodes Electric Piano and other "vintage" seventies keyboard sounds.

This album is described in their bandcamp.com website as: 'Unique Russian release - "tomfoolery in serious music". Built as a story about an event from alternative history - the war between Chingachgook Big Snake and the aggressors of Darth Vader from Star Wars'.

Track by track:

'Morning In The Steppe': an instrumental musical piece with acoustic guitars and a sax melody.

'Dance Of Stormtroopers': with some Funky music influences and some 'vintage' synthesizer sounds. It has very 'seventies' Jazz-Rock /Fusion musical influences, with some heavy parts too.

'Psycho ': a more slow musical piece, with maybe some SANTANA guitar playing influences and a Fender Rhodes Electric Piano.

'Pedlars ': it starts with some drums playing and a sax melody, with the later addition of keyboards, bass and guitar. The drums sound a bit like being playing a 'military rhythm' in some parts, also adding a brief solo towards the end of the song.

'Confession Of Samovar ': with some use of 'echoed' Fender Rhodes Piano and guitar, and the drums and the bass playing the 'backbone' of the rhythm, and with some sax and guitar playing melodies which interact with each other. Some parts of this song make me remember some KING CRIMSON musical influences from the early seventies, but I could be wrong.

'Steel Zeppelins For The First Cavalry Army ': with a main guitar riff maybe 'inspired' by LED ZEPPELIN, but with a very good combination of Jazz and Rock musical influences.

'PIN-code ': a musical piece with a contrast in 'quiet' and 'heavy' parts, and again with the use of some 'vintage' synthesizer sounds. It makes me remember some WEATHER REPORT musical influences.

'Chingachgook Vs. Darth Vader': a more Funky influenced musical piece, with very good rhythm guitar parts maybe influenced a bit by JAMES BROWN's music, but without losing the Jazz-Rock / Fusion musical style. It also has some good organ, guitar and bass solos. It also includes a "false ending" and some brief laughs and commentaries by the musicians!

This is a very good second album from this Russian band, maybe more heavy than their first in some parts. Very well recorded and mixed. All the musicians who contributed to this album are very good.

 The Assemblage Point by M-ARTEL album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.02 | 4 ratings

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The Assemblage Point
M-Artel Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars This is a band from Russia which plays mainly Jazz-Rock / Fusion music. In this, their first album, the band is a quintet which consists of Michail Levanov (saxophone ), Alexander Vasilyev (guitar ), Oscar Chuntosov (keyboards), Alex Ryslavsky (bass ) and Peter Ivshin (drums). They are very good musicians which sound like being trained musicians in some formal music schools.

Track by track:

"Kebab": a musical piece with some "Arabian" melodies.

"Princetrane": a Jazz-Rock Fusion musical piece with some Funky music rhythms and an electric piano which sounds like a Fender Rhodes, very much like the mid to late seventies piano sounds that some artists of that time used (Jean- Luc Ponty, Bob James, Jeff Beck, Weather Report), plus some sax and guitar solos.

"1980 Summer Olympics": another Jazz-Rock Fusion musical piece with again some seventies music influences. It includes a brief drums and percussion solo.

"Prelude In C Minor": a musical piece with sax melodies, a synthesizer, and with the contrast of some "quiet" and heavy parts, with a very good piano solo. It is one of the best musical pieces in this album for my taste.

"Merry Elephants": another musical piece with some Funky music influences from the seventies, with organ, sax and guitar solos.

"The Assemblage Point": It starts and ends with an LP scratch sound effect, like being played in a vinyl album! It stars with a sax solo with some drums playing. Then, the full band plays the song with some changes in the rhythm, and again with a Fender Rhodes's solo and a guitar solo. The influences from the Jazz-Rock /Fusion music of the seventies are again very clear in this song.

This is a very good album from this band, very melodic, very well recorded and mixed. It receives a four stars rating from me.

 War And Peace, Episode VII by M-ARTEL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.35 | 6 ratings

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War And Peace, Episode VII
M-Artel Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars The second album from this Russian group, although here there seems to be more musicians involved (two bassists, two keyboardists). Nonetheless each track only features a five-piece of saxophone / guitar / drums / bass / keyboards. Like the debut this is all instrumental and generally speaking in a funky fusion vein. Compared to the last album this one seems more rockin'. The album opens with an acoustic guitar playing a chord progression very similar to the one in the Skid Row power ballad "I Remember You." "Morning In The Steppe" proceeds to have a sax solo over the guitar. "Dance Of Stormtroopers" starts out funky and fusion-y with slightly spacey sounding synths. The melody the sax reprises here and there is nice. Alternating sax and synth solos and a bass solo towards the end.

"Psycho" begins easy going and jazzy. The pace picks up with some sax/guitar unison runs. Those parts alternate with some great drumming and guitar playing near the end. "Pedlars" opens with military snare rolls and a 'happy' sounding sax. Playful organ joins in. Love the mix of sax and guitar after 2 minutes. Turns into a fusion jam with a drum solo. "Confession Of Samovar" has a nice syncopated beat with some great echo-y electric piano. Later on some unison guitar/sax work. Shredding guitar solo over halfway. "Steel Zeppelins For The First Cavalry Army" sounds at first like Aerosmith meets Dream Theater until the sax and organ show up. Gets very trad jazz sounding at times. Interesting organ solo later on.

"PIN-Code" is a highlight. It begins as hard fusion with some sax/guitar unison playing. Mellows out a bit with some slightly spacey synth soloing. More trad jazz sounding before it goes back to the hard fusion. This track features some great sounding synth and a killer guitar solo. "Chingachgook Vs. Darth Vader" starts out soulful and funky. The pace picks up with some interplay between sax and synth, the synth having a weird sound. Nice melodies on sax and guitar. Then instead of sax, organ and weird synth interplay. Features solos for sax, organ, guitar and bass. Overall an improvement over the debut. A nice album that will appeal to fans of the more rockin' and funky elements of modern fusion. You can purchase both albums on M-Artel's Bandcamp. I will give this 4 stars.

 The Assemblage Point by M-ARTEL album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.02 | 4 ratings

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The Assemblage Point
M-Artel Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars M-Artel is a five piece instrumental band from Russia. This is their first album. Formed by saxophonist Michail Ivanov, the music is generally in a funky jazz-rock mode. Sometimes non-jazz and non-funk influences creep in, like a 'symphonic' keyboard or guitar part here or a folky rhythm there. One track has what I call a 'polka' part but it could be some kind of Russian folk influence while another track goes into reggae for a bit. I can't put my finger on it but I keep getting a 1980s vibe from the music sometimes. "Kebab" is a good intro to the album. Almost a prog metal like atmosphere (but with no distorted guitar) at the beginning with the tom-tom pounding and digital synth soloing. When the sax enters it is more funky and jazz-rock sounding. In the middle things mellow out with sax soloing and some piano.

The tempo picks up and everything gets very trad jazz sounding. Returns to the earlier funky jazz-rock part. "Princetrane" starts out very lite and funky with some nice organ work. Changes to a slow funky jam with great electric piano playing. The playing gets more intense and uptempo as the sax solos along before a symph prog style guitar solo. "1980 Summer Olympics" again starts out lite and funky. This has some hard rock guitar added (sometimes playing in unison with the sax). Nice guitar solo in the middle as the mood becomes more subdued. Includes a drum solo later on. "Prelude In C Minor" has a cool synth melody which gets reprised. More hard rock with funky bass oriented until the sax appears, then the music gets more jazzy. Alternates between the hard rock/synth melody and the more trad jazz parts.

"Merry Elephants" once again starts out lite and funky. Nice organ soloing at one point. Later changes to reggae with a guitar solo. Last track and title track begins and ends with vinyl surface noise. Very jazzy piece with lots of sax and electric piano soloing. Overall, great playing and great sound and production. The music sounds very 'live' for the most part but there are little studio tricks here and there. Should appeal to those into the funkier jazz-rock side of modern prog. I will give this a 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

 War And Peace, Episode VII by M-ARTEL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.35 | 6 ratings

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War And Peace, Episode VII
M-Artel Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars You know that this album is going to be a blast when you read the title: "War and Peace, Episode VII". The album is an instrumental fusion and funk affair that tells the story of zeppelin riding 19th century Russians led by Chingachgook from "The Leatherstocking Tales" battling Darth Vader and The Galactic Empire from "Star Wars". Yeah, it's that type of album.

Launching from a folk song replete with the saxophone that is the main vehicle for the jazz side of the work's equation, the music quickly picks up the pace, coming to be driven by a very funky bass that bends the rest of the instruments to its will. The sax remains light, jumpy, and playful, and peppy '70's prog style keys round out the main arsenal of the album. Guitar is a secondary affair for the most part, coming to a head, however, in tracks like "Steel Zeppelins For The First Cavalry Army", where they bring a power prog metal backbone to bear alongside the main instruments. Even forgetting the wonderfully crazy concept, this is a very fun record to listen to, focused on providing salvos of energetic and ever playful sounds and tunes just because. Progheads with a taste for fusion, funk, and varying styles looking for a simply pleasurable listen will find a lot to love here.

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