Levinovsky went to the Saratov State Conservatory of Music to study composition, piano and theory. He entered the Soviet Army and was soon leading the jazz ensemble for the army orchestra, which won the grand prize at the local jazz festival. After his military service, Levinovsky formed a quartet and began to combine modern jazz techniques with Russian folk music.
It would become a hallmark of the Levinovsky sound. Gaining recognition from his performances at jazz festivals and on Soviet radio, Levinovsky soon came to Moscow and became music director and arranger for
the top jazz bands in the city. He met and jammed with all the jazz greats passing through Moscow -- including Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Milt Hilton, Thad Jones and Dick Hyman -- and he played piano on a recording by Ray Coniff, the first American artist to record in the USSR.
In 1978 Levinovsky formed his own group, Allegro, and quickly became nationally famous. They recorded 8 LPs and Allegro was named "best jazz band in the USSR." Levinovsky won "musician of the year" honors four times, one of the very few artists accorded that honor repeatedly.
Since arriving in New York in 1990 Levinovsky has performed with Rafael Cruz and his Latin band, Wade Barnes and his septet, Major Holly, Tom Hurrell and many others. He then formed his own trio and debuted in New York City. Peter Watrous of the New York Times wrote, "Nick Levinovsky has abundant technique and his music offers moments of reflection and lucidity." His charts are played by the Vangaard Orchestra and New York University's Jazz Orchestra, and his revived group, Allegro, has performed everywhere from Boston's Hancock Hall to the JVC Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center.
Peaceful and beautiful Jazz track with a light sadness feeling. As the song builds up, the entire band comes in with energetic and powerful phrases that ring out with dramatic tones. Sounds like Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones, Gil Evans. Instrumental, Jazz, Swing Big Band
Alarming Expectation - The Flight can be the last one. The frequent change of measure 3,4 to 4,4 to 3,4, nervous theme and complicated harmony. As well as Debra Weisz on Trombone and Andy Middleton on Tenor Sax creates a certain mood for the piece. Sounds like Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones, Gil, Instrumental, Jazz, Jazz (pending cat.)
Slow Jazz Musical Landscape, done in a impressionistic manner. The sound is visual and Serge Gurbelo a Sax mogul is intimate and soft. Sounds like Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones, Gil Evans. Instrumental, Jazz, Jazz (pending cat.)
A real showcase for the band. Based on traditional AABA form, the piece is developed with unusual structures, like the Saxophones open chorus in the middle and the crossing polyphonic lines at the end. A serious challenge which the band manages brilliantly. Of course the solos - Noah Bless on, Instrumental, Jazz, Jazz (pending cat.)
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