Brilliant music from trombonist Shigeharu Mukai – an artist who was not only a hell of a soloist in the 70s, but also a great musical visionary – with an ear that makes records like this a lasting treasure! The album features three long tracks – each a small sort of painting in sound – still with a soulful swing that keeps things moving, but filled with rich ideas that come not just from Mukai's trombone, but from the assemblage of musicians that join him for the date. At a time when records like this could be overindulgent or just too darn loose in some folks' hands, Mukai manages to hold the whole thing together with this lyrical brilliance – in extremely evocative ways that never get old.
A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Velinova has lived and performed in major US and Canadian cities. During her years in New York City, Velinova explored the avant-garde jazz music scene and formed the group `Ensemble Gergana.' The eclectic band released a CD of entirely improvised music showcasing Velinova's poetry, unique improvisational vocal skills and adventurous artistry. Velinova holds a Master's Degree in Jazz & Contemporary-Classical Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music in Boston, undergraduate studies in Vocal Jazz from the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles and a diploma in classical guitar from the National Music School in Bulgaria. In addition to her solo career she is well known for her entrepreneur work as a concert producer, vocal coach and vocal workshops facilitator. From 2006- 2013 Velinova led the vocal wing of the Jazz Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Canada in the position of Head-Vocal Jazz Instructor and Vocal Jazz Ensemble Conductor.