"Get Up and Go"
Pianist Vadim Neselovskyi was 15 years old when he became the youngest student to be admitted to the Odessa Conservatory. You can hear the classical training and influence in his playing on his wonderful new album, "Get Up and Go." But Neselovskyi also studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and his jazz bona fides are formidable. The album's title might sound like a cliché but this spritely tune is actually an anthem of resistance and resilience.
In 2014, Neselovskyi was about to go on stage at Ukraine's largest jazz festival when he was informed that a government military plane was shot down by separatists. At first he played a mournful tune ("Krai," also included here) but his ultimate response was the more strident "Get Up and Go." Neselovskyi's album is not only full of excellent original tunes, it also features unusual textures for an album in any genre. The beautiful voice of guest artist Sara Serpa greatly enhances two of the tunes. Dan Loomis plays a subtle bass, whether plucking or bowing, and Ronen Itzik is equally versatile on the drums.