Note Jazz from Lithuania 2020


Aurelijus Užameckis

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Aurelijus Užameckis – double bass
℗ 2019 Aurelijus Užameckis

Dalius Naujokaitis / Adas Gecevičius / Jonathon Haffner

Too Brave to Be True

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Dalius Naujokaitis – drums, electronic percussion
Adas Gecevičius – drums, electronics
Jonathon Haffner – alto saxophone
2019, previously unreleased

Jan Maksimowicz / Dmitrij Golovanov

Confusion

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Jan Maksimowicz – soprano saxophone, live sampling
Dmitrij Golovanov – piano, live sampling
℗ 2020 Jan Maksimowicz, Dmitrij Golovanov

Katarsis4

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Algirdas Janonis – electronics
Arminas Bižys – baritone saxophone
Danielius Pancerovas – drinking straw
Kazimieras Jušinskas – soprano saxophone
℗ 2019 NoBusiness Records

Liudas Mockūnas & Agustí Fernández

Improdimension 1. Part 3

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Liudas Mockūnas – tenor saxophone
Agustí Fernández – piano
℗ 2020 NoBusiness Records

Girmantė Vaitkutė & Andrej Polevikov Trio feat. Echoes

Lopšinė

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Girmantė Vaitkutė – voice
Andrej Polevikov – keyboards
Denis Murašov – double bass
Andrius Kairys – drums
Echoes – voice
℗ 2020 Girmantė Vaitkutė, Andrej Polevikov, Denis Murašov, Andrius Kairys

Leonardas Pilkauskas Birthday Septet feat. Rūta Gricajevaitė

Pop Tune #2

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Leonardas Pilkauskas – alto saxophone/leader
Rūta Gricajevaitė – guest vocals
Jievaras Jasinskis – trumpet
Dominykas Vyšniauskas – trumpet
Rokas Jaunius – tenor saxophone
Paulius Volkovas – guitar
Denis Murašov – double bass
Domas Razmus – drums
℗ 2019 Leonardas Pilkauskas

Viktorija Pilatovič

We Were Not Born Yesterday

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Viktorija Pilatovič – voice, backing vocals
Alberto Palau – piano, keyboards
Ales Cesarini – double bass, el. bass
Mariano Steimberg – drums, percussion
℗ 2019 Inner Circle Music

The Schwings

Speak Easy

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Remigijus Rančys – baritone and soprano saxophone
Dmitrij Levencov – trumpet
Richardas Banys – piano
Vadim Stankevičius – guitar
Gediminas Svilas – double bass
Gediminas Stankevičius – drums
℗ 2019 Remigijus Rančys

Viktorija Gečytė & Gene Perla

Wind Song

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Viktorija Gečytė – voice
Nicole Glover – tenor saxophone
Edsel Gomez – piano
Gene Perla – double bass
Adam Nussbaum – drums
℗ 2020 PM Records

CinAmono

Liuku Liuku

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Laura Budreckytė – voice, log drum
Simonas Šipavičius – alto saxophone
Vytis Nivinskas – double bass
Domantas Razmus – drums
℗ 2020 CinAmono

Reinless

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Jievaras Jasinskis – trombone, composer
Valerijus Ramoška – solo trumpet
Laurynas Lapė – lead trumpet 
Liutauras Janušaitis – tenor saxophone
Paulius Vaicekauskas – bass, moog 
Paulius Volkovas – guitar 
Pranas Kentra – guitar
Jonas Gliaudelis – drums 
Vytis Vainilaitis – percussion 
Vytis Smolskas – keyboards 
Tomas Dičiūnas – keyboards
℗ 2020 Remigijaus akcija

Brave Noises

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Mindaugas Stumbras – guitar
Dominykas Snarskis – drums 
Dominykas Žernys – bass
Kazimieras Jušinskas – soprano saxophone
Arminas Bižys – baritone saxophone
Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis – piano
℗ 2020 Brave Noises

Quark Effect

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Dominykas Snarskis – drums
Kornelijus Pukinskis – saxophone
Ronan Whittern – electronics
℗ 2019 Quark Effect

Mindaugas Stumbras Trio feat. Mindaugas Vadoklis

A New Beginning

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Mindaugas Stumbras – guitar 
Mindaugas Vadoklis – trumpet 
Nojus Drąsutis – bass 
Domantas Razmus – drums
℗ 2020 Mindaugas Stumbras 

Are you asking, what does Lithuanian jazz sound like these days? The answer, my dear sonic nomad, is right here. You’re about to listen, if you are not listening yet, to the Note Jazz from Lithuania 2020 compilation, the key to the rich and diverse Lithuanian jazz tradition.

The compilation is well balanced to cater for everyone’s tastes. It has a strong focus on the free jazz genre that has become synonymous with our country’s music scene. This is very much linked to the history of Lithuanian jazz and, in particular, to the creation of the legendary Ganelin-Tarasov-Chekasin Trio in 1971. Three guys – the pianist and composer Vyacheslav Ganelin, the percussionist Vladimir Tarasov and the saxophonist Vladimir Chekasin – basically rewrote the jazz rulebook and had a tremendous influence on the bulk of Lithuanian musicians who inherited a non-canonical jazz attitude.

Given that, the Note Jazz from Lithuania 2020 compilation presents its compliments to the deeply rooted free and avantgarde jazz tradition and gives a great overview of what has been going on recently with these genres. The album includes a mind-blowing double bass solo by rising Lithuanian star Aurelijus Užameckis; a provocative and shocking act by the trio Dalius-Naujokaitis-Naujo / Jonathon Haffner / Adas Gecevičius; an organic electro-free jazz track by Jan Maksimowicz and Dmitry Golovanov; musique concrète and jazz symbiosis by the miraculous young sax quartet Katarsis4; and, last but not least, the most prominent Lithuanian reed player Liudas Mockūnas, who presents a thrilling improvisation accompanied by the Spanish piano virtuoso Agustí Fernández.

If you consider yourself to be traditional jazz lover, you mustn’t be concerned at all. The Lithuanian scene has much more than just collectives or musicians drifting towards the free or avantgarde direction. Note Jazz from Lithuania 2020 gives a chance to discover swing era specialists The Schwings Band; to meet the gifted singers Viktorija Gečytė and Viktorija Pilatovič; to sink into a romantic mood with an intimate ballad by the Mindaugas Stumbras Trio feat. Mindaugas Vadoklis; or simply to satisfy your curiosity by listening to world/folk-style compositions by CinAmono and Girmantė Vaitkutė & the Andrej Polevikov Trio.

Note Jazz from Lithuania 2020 has enough room for those who are looking for a modern sound as well. You’ll find an R&B/soul composition by saxophonist Leonardas Pilkauskas; a strikingly cosmic nu-jazz track by the Lithuanian-Irish trio, formed in Scotland, Quark Effect; a nostalgic fusion piece by the well-known sextet Brave Noises; and a ground-breaking work by the big band Reinless.

Before pushing play, if you haven’t done that already, one note of warning – what is heard cannot be unheard. So, prepare yourself for an unforgettable ride on the Lithuanian jazz roller-coaster. Alea iacta est!

Vitalijus Gailius

Paveiksliukas

Jury: 
Julijus Grickevičius
Adas Gecevičius
Vitalijus Gailius
Vytis Nivinskas
Radvilė Buivydienė

Mastering
Arūnas Zujus

Cover photo
Tomas Terekas

Compiled and released by
Lithuanian Jazz Federation
Music Information Centre Lithuania


Note Jazz from Lithuania 2020 is a collaborative effort between the Lithuanian Jazz Federation and the Music Information Centre Lithuania. By combining Jazz from Lithuania, an annual compilation of the Lithuanian Jazz Federation and Note Lithuania, a promotional music series of the Music Information Centre Lithuania, two organisations celebrate their partnership and expansion of the promotional scope.

Supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

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