Multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Klashtorni is
known by his projects
Kool & Klean, Chillaxing Jazz
Kollektion, Love Suggestions and Smooth Jazz.
His newest album of the latter is Smooth Jazz IV (2017).
The front photo indicates Konstantin's musical main weight, the
saxophone. In order to avoid a false impression, Konstantin plays all
his instruments himself, composes all the pieces and produces them.
Releasing more than 30 tracks each year makes him to the most
productive artist of the smooth jazz scene.
Listening to the first track If I Told You immediately comes
Grover Washington's The Two Of Us into mind. The soul searing
beauty of the melody can compete with the great inspiration. With
Hills and Valleys Konstantin not only presents a catchy melody
but also invests time and efforts in a sophisticated rhythmic
On I Feel It Coming arrangement and composition have reached
a high degree of artistry. Horns and piano are interwoven to form a
highly complex musical whole of extreme smartness. Everywhere I Go
is comparable with music by Gerald Albright
or Richard Elliot: the sax in the center of interest with great
Give Me Your Eyes fuels the groove with a saxy intensity
reinventing the smooth jazz idea on a higher level. I Need You
relies on the shuffle principle with flute as dialogue partner and
piano as instrumental main speaker in interchange with guitar all in a
conceptual natural flow. Slowing down the pace to a romantic mood
You Look Good is not only an acoustic compliment for the
Moondance smiles with guitar, sax and a wonderful synth
tapestry of ambient finesse. Find Your Wings is a clap along
song in the best sense. For which the rhythm offers the occasion, the
melody provides the argumentative underpinnings. Made a Way
is the follow up in the same style and fire to touch your heart.
There are musicians in the search for the ultimate harmony and there
are artists like Konstantin Klashtorni who realize melodious
perfection again and again with effortless ease. Smooth Jazz IV
is a sonic power package of juvenile freshness.