Monday 16 April 2018
Kolyadin. Gleb - Gleb Kolyadin (2018)
The debut album from this Russian composer and pianist.
Gleb Kolyadin does the grand piano and keyboards here. He has got help from a very impressive list of guest musicians who provided flute, drums, percussion, guitars, bass, bodhran, saxophones, vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba, violin, cello, hang drums, spoken words and vocals.
Gleb enlisted the likes of Jordan Rudess, Steve Hogarth, Gavin Harrison, Nick Beggs and Theo Travis to play on this album in addition to many Russian musician.
Gleb Kolyadin is not an unknown man and he is not new to this game either. He is in fact the composer and 50 % of the highly impressive Russian band Iamthemorning. A band with a big cult following and you can count me in here.
On his own, Gleb gives us a much more eclectic album. It is piano based and based on Gleb's playing where everyone else is fitted around his grand piano and keyboards.
Parts of this album is leaning towards classical music and other parts is leaning more towards ragtime jazz and symphonic prog.
Gleb is brilliant in what he is doing. But the art of great songwriting is something he has not transferred to this, his solo album. This almost one hour long album is by all means a good album. But just that. I will stick with Iamthemorning.