3x3: Piano Trios, Vol. II

«...The band's collective virtuosity (particularly Evgeny Lebedev's capering piano leads) still blends any flash with humble charm and an endlessly generous chemistry among all involved. LRK's signature groo ves still appeal to both head and feet in fine form. The mix also expands to include accordion, pedal-steel guitar, childlike chimes, frisky danceable rhythms, a string quartet and even an unashamedly romantic ballad crooned by JD Walter. That last actually makes for one of the oddest moments midway through, simply because it sounds dropped in from a different album entirely (sincere as it may be on its own). Ultimately, though, their ever-developing style is as accessible and omnivorous as ever. If the headlong rush to beat their own path leaves Urban Dreamer less cohesive than its predecessors, even the misfires make the journey more interesting along the way...»

LRK Trio: If You Have A Dream

«...There are a couple more such sizzlers over the course of this eponymous trio's second release, but that's not the reason it's such a fresh and exciting romp. The crystalline «Drops» shows that they're just as willing to go beautifully minimalist. On drummer Ignat Kravtsov 's piece «Luminescence» the piano often circles in restless patterns while the rhythm percolates on top in a manner evocative of brisk techno more than anything else. Anton Revnyuk's double-bass also takes a spot as lead voice in the process, and the contributions from his pen show a similar knack for seemingly effortless complexity. The smooth-flowing yet drunken-sounding staggers of his title track and Lebedev's accordion- tinged «Plyasovaya» practically defy anyone to try bouncing along...»


«...They added a few Russian folk tunes to the contemporary jazz-rock blend and had the crowd on their feet, with non-stop fireworks, jaw-dropping virtuosity and riveting interplay. 'Nebylitsa', named after an out-of-control Russian fairytale, opened with a dizzying, cross-handed piano intro from Lebedev who kickstarted an algorithmic, math-rock groove. There were growling bass pedals, muscular wallops, folky asides and moments of pulsing ambience. «No Tears» was an emotive ballad with a sweeping dynamic range and «Plyasovaya», based on a traditional Russian dancing song, was sparkling, with Kravtsov and Revnyuk at full tilt leading fiendish switches of meter before a closing piano accordion feature for Lebedev. All three men have played with some big names (Lebedev's CV includes Jack DeJohnette, Marcus Miller and Terri Lyne Carrington), but they're relatively unknown as a trio...»