Since first pitching up on Favorite Recordings a few years back, Russian saxophonist Andre Solomko has delivered a string of impressive albums and singles that gleefully join the dots between smooth jazz, '80s jazz-funk and Afro-fired disco-funk. Le Deltaplane, his latest full-length excursion, explores similar sonic territory, moving from languid, jazz-funk-influenced soul ("Le Deltaplane") and deliciously smooth and glassy-eyed disco-jazz ("Moonbeach Disco"), to heavy Afro-disco brilliance ("Le Premier Disco Sans Toi") via a range of sumptuous, solo-heavy workouts that sound like that could have been featured on a sought-after, turn-of-the-'80s jazz-funk obscurity. Throughout, Solomko and company's instrumentation is little less than sublime.
Russian saxophonist Andre Solomko has been featured on Favorite Recordings before, delivering a couple of albums that cheerily riffed on smooth jazz and '80s jazz-funk. He's flipped the script on this return to the noted French label, laying down a righteous slab of club-ready disco-funk with noted Afro-disco influences. Naturally, Solomko's killer saxophone solos take pride of place on "Le Premier Disco Sans Toi", rising above a groovy backing track rich in jaunty Clavinet riffs and William Onyeabor style Moog flourishes. It's backed by an alternately wavy and beefed-up Dub Mix and a solo heavy Dub of "Moonbeach Disco", a Balearic disco excursion rich in jazz-funk influences.
Andre Solomko is a virtuoso saxophonist who originally hit it big in his native USSR, but circumstance led him to Finland where things went a bit quiet for a while. However, he persevered and started a label/studio/group called Vinyl Jam, which gave birth to two studio albums. The success of these has helped see his style come back in vogue and now he presents "Le Polaroid" a fine collection heavily inspired by his beloved '80s jazz and featuring guests such as Alain Mion (Cortex), Mr. Day, and Finnish singer Stiina.
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