Back in Time, the second album from up and coming jazz trumpeter and vocalist Ilya Serov, is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, GooglePlay and Apple Music.
Serov's homage to the Big Band Era, Back in Time features the artist's smooth trumpet playing and unique vocal style. The album is highlighted by Serov's collaborations with Grammy-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez (the sensuous Latin beat of "Tangerine") and pianist Roger Kellaway (the swinging Gypsy jazz of "C'est Si Bon" and classic pop swing of "L-O-V-E") as well as acclaimed sax player Eric Marienthal ("Old Devil Moon.")
Despite his youth, Serov has impressed his fellow musicians.
"(Ilya) is a great, great trumpet player; and I love his voice," Sanchez said. "Ilya has a great thing here because it's commercial enough for the mainstream to enjoy and like, but it's hip enough for the jazz folks to like also because he's a great trumpet player. He can sing the tunes and play them. That's the edge he's got."
Trained at the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, Serov decided to follow his love of jazz, cultivated as a teenager in the Russian city of Saratov, by pursuing his dreams in the U.S. He now is building a following among fans and seasoned players alike as one of the scene's budding new talents.
Produced & mixed by Val Gabriel
Arranged by Tom Kubis & Ilya Serov
Horns and strings arranged by Tom Kubis
Vocal, trumpet production by Val Gabriel
Mastered by Robert Vosgein at Capitol Studios
Executive production by Barbara and James Stovall
Recorded at Umbrella Media (Chatsworth, CA) by Any Waterman, at Studio City Sound Studios (Studio City, CA) by Tom Weir, The Village Studios (Los Angeles, CA), East West Studios (Hollywood, CA), Stagg Street Studios (Van Nuys, CA) by Jun Murakawa
Additional recording by Dustin Higgins, Jimmy Branly
Protools engineer: Steve Wilk
String conductor: Tomasz Golka
Additional mixing: Dustin Higgins (song Swing 42)
Featured guest artists:
Poncho Sanchez – congas
Eric Marienthal - saxophone
Roger Kellaway – piano
Bruce Forman – guitar
The Swing Kittens – vocals
Wayne Bergeron – trumpet, Gary Halpopff – trumpet, Charlie Morillas – trombone
George Shelby – sax, Dan Higgins - flute, Jeff Driskill – sax, Roger Kellaway - piano,
Tom Kubis – piano, organ, Andy Langham - piano, Rene Camacho – bass,
Brian Ward - bass, Kevin Axt – bas, Bruce Forman - guitar, Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar,
Greg Sadler – drums, Joey De Loen – percussion, Los Angeles String Ensemble - strings
Photography by Arina Borodina
Art design by Tatiana Gorunov