Never Group

Zhenya Strigalev

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Jazz, Contemporary
Whirlwind Recordings
April 1, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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Russian-born, London-based alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev follows up his critically-acclaimed 2015 Whirlwind sextet release 'Robin Goodie' with his trio project 'Never Group'. The album was recorded over two days in Berlin with the rhythm section of electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Eric Harland.

Strigalev also welcomes guests such as keyboardist John Escreet, double bassist Matt Penman and trumpeter Alex Bonney - Strigalev's desire with this different focus is to fashion the unexpected and the fleeting (alluded to in the project name) both from his own original compositions and the contributions of respected Austrian electronics composer/musician Bruno Liberda (who also appears on this recording).

In an hour-plus abundance of twenty tracks, Strigalev and colleagues elicit bristling spontaneity, from the rasping percussiveness of "Bio Active" to the grungy swagger of "Strange Party", from the echoic, electronically-manipulated mystery of Liberda's "Bassgeigengeister" and "Heimwehharfe" to the raw, boppy mischievousness of "Some Thomas" and playful, grooving "Snail".

Strigalev has been building a reputation on both sides of the North Atlantic for his adventurous and impassioned emphasis on improvisation, his 'Never Group' is an experience that matches quirky abandon with resolute musicianship and technicality.

Personnel: Zhenya Strigalev (alto saxophone), Tim Lefebvre (electric bass), Eric Harland (drums) with guests: Bruno Liberda (electronics), Matt Penman (double bass), John Escreet (keyboards), Alex Bonney (trumpet), Charles Armstrong (voice)

Press Quotes

"(4 stars) A typical Strigalev collision of hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism... Strigalev's alto displays bebop agility, shivery lyricism, or sometimes a bluesy Ornetteish swerve."

The Guardian

"(4 stars) A surreal, impressive brew."


"(4 stars) An addictive mix of colourful vignettes...Strigalev's group could well be the next big thing in jazz."

All About Jazz

"(4 stars) A maverick at the heart of modern jazz."

The Telegraph (live review)

"(4 stars) Compelling in its inventive energy...[Strigalev] is an artist who knows jazz's lineage but is unafraid to create his own path."

All About Jazz

"(4 stars) Another impressive artistic statement from Strigalev...Plenty of colour, variety and intelligence."

The Jazz Mann

"An abstracted theatre of sound and experiment...ranging from 21st century bop to spooked jazz improv via deep-funk."

Sandy Brown Jazz

"Strigalev is a musician bursting with ideas and with energy...Lefebvre and Harland are a monster rhythm team and the whole thing has an envigorating bustle."

The Jazz Breakfast

"It's the tumult of ideas from the main players, plus Strigalev's puckish humour, that leave the listener exhilarated and exhausted an hour later."

Jazz Views

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number WR4685
Barcode 5052442008248
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Bass Tim Lefebvre
Drums Eric Harland
Electronics Bruno Liberda
Weight 70g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. I Messed Up at the End of My Solo (Intro) -
2. Bio Active -
3. Not Upset (coda 1) -
4. Bassgeingengeister -
5. Some Thomas -
6. Strange Party (coda 2) -
7. Plastiksackerl im Wind -
8. Little Struggle (coda 3) -
9. Strange Party -
10. Reading Shakespeare -
11. Second Hand -
12. Heimwehharfe -
13. Snail -
14. Reading Shakespeare (coda 4) -
15. Hot Exactly -
16. Strange Party (coda 5) -
17. Not Upset (coda 6) -
18. Are you Manageable? -
19. The Slow Rub -
20. Not Upset (coda 7) -