Alexei Kuznetsov


Alexei Kuznetsov (Алексей Кузнецов) is a Russian Jazz guitar player. Like most of the most popular jazz musicians, he is not an innovator or a radical experimenter. He is a true keeper of the traditions of jazz guitar, and a great educator who keeps the art of playing the jazz guitar alive. Alexey Kuznetsov appeared on the jazz stage in the 1960s, in a duo with an older guitar player Nikolay Gromin. It wasn't until the late 1970s, when Kuznetsov became less associated with Gromin and more appreciated as a leader. In was in the 1980s when he enjoyed a large popularity: the Soviet Nationalwide TV even featured this jazz guitar player in a 60-minutes film which was aired more than once. On September 18, 2001 there was a solemn ceremony at the concert hall of Russia's Culture Ministry to honor the acclaimed jazz guitarist Alexei Kuznetsov on the occasion of his 60th birthday. At the beginning of the party a huge birthday cake was brought out on stage. Well-known jazzmen and ordinary jazz lovers came to congratulate Kuznetsov on his jubilee. He himself didn't leave the stage for a single moment till the end of the concert, recollecting various episodes from his life and playing solo or together with other musicians, including with the well-known jazz pianist Daniil Kramer. Alexei Kuznetsov symbolizes a whole era known as Soviet jazz. His career began in the 1960s when jazz, banned for decades from Soviet stage, regained its foothold. I played in two...

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