JUST FRIENDS - ILYA SEROV

JUST FRIENDS album is dedicated to one of America’s most iconic jazz trumpet players and singers, Chet Baker. I titled the album Just Friends after a classic jazz standard of the same name that Chet included in his own repertoire. His rendition of it inspired me when I was a young musician, and pushed me to start finding my own voice in the world of jazz. As my composition and playing styles matured over the years, I began to wonder what Chet, with his musical genius, would sound like if he was a contemporary jazz artist today. 

 

That's how the idea behind my latest album was born. I have tried to show the connection between several generations of jazz, reimagining Chet’s most recognizable songs from the Great American Songbook with my renditions. I've also included a few of my own original, contemporary tunes, created from that same inspiration. And to add further to the evolutionary mix, this album is also a debut for my new, custom-built, one-of-a-kind instrument I call the "Jazzohorn." I hope you appreciate its smooth tone and unique look!  

All in all, I’m convinced that the world of jazz is alive and well, and ever evolving. Thank you for being a part of my artistic journey!

ILYA SEROV

ALBUM VIDEOS

ALBUM CREDITS

 

Ilya Serov – vocals, trumpet, jazzohorn;

Dave Koz – saxophone;

Greg Manning – piano;

Alex Hahn – saxophone;

Matt Cusson – vocals;

Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar.

Produced by Ilya Serov;

Executive Producers: Bobbie and Jim Stovall, Ilya Serov;

Associate Producer: Natalia Staneva;

Recorded by Tom McCauley at B2 Studios; Ken Freeman & Eric Valentine at Chocolate Cave Studios, Los Angeles, CA;

Mixed by Ken Freeman;

Mastered by Steve Hall at Future Disk;

Photography by Tab Salsman & Arina Borodina;

Package Design by Tatiana Gorunov

1. Just Friends – 3:34 by John Klenner and Sam Lewis (EMI April Music Inc, o/b/o EMI Robbins Catalog Inc.) 

Rhythm Arrangement by Kay-Ta Matsuno; Horn Arrangement by Ilya Serov & Kay-Ta Matsuno; Background Vocal Arrangement by Matt Cusson; String Arrangement by Ilya Serov.

Ilya Serov – lead vocal, background vocals, jazzohorn, trumpet, keyboards; Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar; Greg Manning – keyboards; Alex Hahn – tenor & baritone saxophones; Paul Nowell – trombone; Maurice Ellis – bass; Chad Wright – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion; Matt Cusson – background vocals. 

 

2. Ironic – 4:50 by Ilya Serov & Kay-Ta Matsuno (Silky Sound Media / BMI)

Rhythm Arrangement by Ilya Serov & Kay-Ta Matsuno; Horn Arrangement by Ilya Serov.

Ilya Serov – trumpet, keyboards; Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar; Greg Manning – keyboards; Maurice Ellis – bass; Chad Wright – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion 

 

3. There Will Never Be Another You (feat. Matt Cusson) – 4:23 by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon (Mpl Music Publishing Inc. o/b/o Morley Music Co., Four Jays Music Pub., Mattsam Music)

Rhythm Arrangement by Carnell Harrell and Ilya Serov; Background Vocal Arrangement by Matt Cusson.

Ilya Serov – lead vocal, jazzohorn; Matt Cusson – featured artist (vocal harmonies); 

Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar; Carnell Harrell – keyboards; Nathaniel Kearney Jr. – bass; Eric Valentine – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion

 

4. Heat (feat. Dave Koz) – 3:54 by Ilya Serov & Kay-Ta Matsuno (Silky Sound Media / BMI)

Rhythm Arrangement by Ilya Serov, Carnell Harrell; Horn Arrangement by Ilya Serov

Ilya Serov – jazzohorn, keyboards, programming; Dave Koz – featured artist (tenor saxophone); Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar; Carnell Harrell – keyboards; Nathaniel Kearney Jr – bass; Eric Valentine – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion

 

5. Time After Time (feat. Greg Manning) – 3:28 by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn (Sands Music Corp.)

Rhythm Arrangement by Kay-Ta Matsuno

Ilya Serov – lead vocal, trumpet; Greg Manning – featured artist (piano, keyboards); Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar; Maurice Ellis – bass; Chad Wright – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion

6. Chillin’ – 4:53 by Ilya Serov & Kay-Ta Matsuno (Silky Sound Media / BMI)

Rhythm Arrangement by Ilya Serov & Kay-Ta Matsuno; Horn Arrangement by Ilya Serov

Ilya Serov – trumpet, keyboards, programming; Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar; Greg Manning – keyboards; Maurice Ellis – bass; Chad Wright – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion 

 

7. Let’s Get Lost (feat. Alex Hahn) – 3:37 by Jimmy McHugh & Frank Loesser (Sony/ATV Harmony)

Rhythm Arrangement by Kay-Ta Matsuno, Background Vocal Arrangement by Ilya Serov

Ilya Serov – lead vocal, background vocals, trumpet, keyboards; Alex Hahn – featured artist (alto saxophone); Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar; Greg Manning – keyboards; Maurice Ellis – bass; Chad Wright – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion 

 

8. My Funny Valentine – 4:59 by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (Chappell and Co., Williamson Music)

Rhythm Arrangement by Kay-Ta Matsuno; Horn Arrangement by Ilya Serov

Ilya Serov – trumpet, keyboards; Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar, drum beat programming; Greg Manning – keyboards; Maurice Ellis – bass; Chad Wright – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion 

 

9. Everything Happens to Me (feat. Matt Cusson) – 5:01 by Matt Dennis & Tom Adair (Dorsey Brothers Music a Div. of Music Sales Corporation)

Rhythm Arrangement by Kay-Ta Matsuno

Ilya Serov – lead vocal, trumpet; Matt Cusson – featured artist (vocal harmonies); Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar; Greg Manning – keyboards; Maurice Ellis – bass; Chad Wright – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion 

 

10. Night in St. Petersburg (feat. Kay-Ta Matsuno) – 4:34 by Kay-Ta Matsuno (Silky Sound Media / BMI)

Rhythm Arrangement by Kay-Ta Matsuno; String & Horn Arrangement by Ilya Serov

Ilya Serov – jazzohorn, keyboards, programming; Kay-Ta Matsuno – featured artist (guitar); Greg Manning – keyboards; Maurice Ellis – bass; Chad Wright – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion

 

11. Daybreak – 3:28 by Ferde Grofe & Harold Adamson (EMI Feist Catalog Inc.)

Rhythm Arrangement by Ilya Serov & Carnell Harrell; Horn Arrangement by Ilya Serov; Background Vocal Arrangement by Matt Cusson

Ilya Serov – lead vocal, background vocals, trumpet, jazzohorn; Kay-Ta Matsuno – guitar; Carnell Harrell – keyboards; Alex Hahn – tenor & baritone saxophones;  Nathaniel Kearney, Jr. – bass; Eric Valentine – drums; Ronnie Gutierrez – percussion; Matt Cusson – background vocals