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Vladimir Badirov Project - Greeting From Nostradamus

Vladimir Badirov Project - Greeting From NostradamusPercussionist Vladimir Badirov was born in Uzbekistan in the former Soviet Union.  He started playing drums at the age of 15 and soon became involved in all manner of projects involving theatre and jazz, working with many musicians in those fields performing in Europe, Japan and America.  In 2003, he was a member of the -warm-up- band on Peter Gabriel's Growing Up tour.  With 20 years experience under his belt, Vladimir decided to create his own project resulting in his first release, Greeting From Nostradamus.

Keeping with the literal sense of 'progressive', the Vladimir Badirov Project (VBP) have a truly unique and innovative style.  The music is progressive in the same way that Brand X is progressive in a jazz oriented frame except that this is ethnic Jazz meets world music (world fusion?).

VBP, with Vladimir on drums and percussion, and a host of musicians covering bass, guitars, violin, flute, voice, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and percussion, has a distinctively Eastern flavour in general yet encompasses sounds associated with other countries such as on the track Dreamway To Scotland with it's bagpipe effect created by the wind instrument called a karnay, which is a copper contraption up to 2 metres in length (looks like an upside-down floor-standing ashtray), and Artificial Paradoxes and funky title track Greeting From Nostradamus (among others), which, with extensive use of electric guitar, have a very Western jazz-rock sound.

When played for the first time, those with ears more attuned to western style music will probably wonder if Greeting From Nostradamus is really their cup of tea but subsequent listens will have you hooked, realising that it is a combination of East and West in effect.  Recommended.

Jem Jedrzejewski

Vladimir Badirov

Unicorn Records

 

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