a career as a saxophonist in the smooth jazz genre is a courageous
undertaking these days. Ukraine born saxophonist Andrey
Chmut didn't hesitate to long to build his own solo career. He
joined the touring band of highly rated Ukrainian bass player
Artem Lebedev. He also contributed to Valeriy Stepanov’s first CD
New Beginnings. From there it was no time-consuming way
to his first very own debut album Smoothability (2018) on
Andrey performs on his album alto sax, tenor
sax, soprano sax, EWI, background vocals, keyboards & programming and
is joined by U-Nam, Andrey Vdovichenko (guitars), Orhan Agabeyli
(percussion), Knesia Chmut (background vocals and violin), Serhii
Eremenko (guitars), Ruslan Bolatov ( Rhodes), Artem Lebedev, George
Iweze (bass), Tobi MD Fotonade (live drums), Igor Agrich
(Rhodes, organ & MiniMoog), Valeriy Stepanov (piano, Rhodes, keyboards
& programming), Artem Banar (lead and background vocals), Anynya
Udongwo, Cleulia Daniel, Kemi Oke (background vocals), and Bob James
The album starts with the title song, a fresh
aperçu with all natural ingredients, what makes delicious smooth jazz
today. K.S.U is an abbreviation behind which there is a compelling
idea. A par force ride through the annals of contemporary jazz and
fusion jazz. Andrey goes to the forefront of progress with the
energetic Jazzed Up. This tune is full packed with sax.
Andrey Chmut invited label mate Valeriy Stepanov
to shares the production of the new album with the three songs
Those Sweet Nights, Don't Loose the Faith and Night
Ride, which Valeriy has written, produced, arranged and
performed. While the first one allures with a mellifluous melody, on
which Andrey performs a full-flavored soprano sax, has the second one
a dynamic approach keeping the melody line in good direction.
Night Ride finally comes with a winning combination of elegant
melody and R&B flavored base line.
But the album offers some more highlights.
Foremost the rousing Song for a Friend featuring U-NAM on
guitar, who sets concise accents in his familiar way. The thoughtful
and alternately cheering Moving Forward surprises in the
second half with a brilliant solo by Bob James on electric piano.
The vocal emphasized I'll Always Be There features singer Artem Banar. Artem Lebedev
excels with an outstanding bass solo. Imagine Me is a single
by American gospel artist Kirk Franklin from his 2005 album, Hero.
Andrey gives this peaceful song a thrilling update.
Andrey Chmut's Smoothability is of
such professionalism that you can't believe it's the product of a
youthful saxophone player. One can only pay the highest possible
respect and admiration to such a debut.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Andrey Chmut
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Skytown Records
1) Smoothability by Andrey Chmut (3:22)
2) K.S.U by Andrey
3) Jazzed Up by Andrey Chmut (3:26)
Sweet Nights feat. Valeriy Stepanov by Andrey Chmut (4:45)
Song for a Friend feat. U-Nam by Andrey Chmut (3:48)
Lose the Faith by Andrey Chmut (4:27)
7) I'll Always Be There
by Andrey Chmut (4:02)
8) Moving Forward feat. Bob James by
Andrey Chmut (5:51)
9) Night ride by Andrey Chmut (4:34)
10) Imagine Me by Andrey Chmut (4:55)