Bach Vibrations

Release Year: 2005
Label: Gramola

1. Invention #1 C major BWV 772

Inspired by Bill Evans

2. Invention #2 c minor BWV 773

Inspired by Michel Camilo

3. Invention #3 D major BWV 774

Inspired by Bill Evans

4. Invention #4 d minor BWV 775

Inspired by Oscar Peterson

5. Invention #5 E flat major BWV 776

Inspired by Scott Joplin

6. Invention #6 E major BWV 777

Inspired by Chick Corea

7. Invention #7 e minor BWV 778

Inspired by Erroll Garner

8. Invention #8 F major BWV 779

Inspired by Oscar Peterson

9. Invention #9 f minor BWV 780

Inspired by Kenny Kirkland

10. Invention #10 G major BWV 781

Inspired by Michel Camilo

11. Invention #11 g minor BWV 782

Inspired by Chick Corea

12. Invention #12 A major BWV 783

Inspired by Herbie Hancock

13. Invention #13 a minor BWV 784

Inspired by Jacques Loussier

14. Invention #14 B flat major BWV 785

Inspired by Dave Brubeck

15Invention #15 b minor BWV 786

Inspired by George Shearing

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Reviews and impressions

“It is no way a ‘crossover’ project. Andrei Pushkarev and his vibrations are extraordinary – he is more than a good musician – rather a magician. Andrei is not only INSPIRED by great jazz pianists – he is inspiring everything he touches himself.” 

– Gidon Kremer

“…Pushkarev, in a delightfully modest manner (masking a ferocious technique), brought jazz, smoke and swing both tastefully and deeply musically to Bach.” 

– The Independent, London

“Vibe-man Pushkarev nearly stole the show with his own arrangement of Bach two-part inventions, in the styles of three great jazz pianists: Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck. He plays with such a mix of brilliant technique and obvious delight — you want to hear more from this young man.”

– The Seattle Times

BACH – VIBRATIONS is a set of improvisations around the fifteen two-part inventions of J. S. Bach. The idea for this project came from Gidon Kremer who suggested that it would be interesting if each invention could be recreated in a different style to represent the personal performance characteristics of many famous jazz pianists and in so doing also maintaining the understanding of what is good polyphony.

The work is not “crossover” as such but more simply an all-inclusive homage through the music of J. S. Bach to so many great interpreters.

The work received its premiere during the “Les Museiques” festival at Basel (Switzerland) in March 2004.

The same year the cycle was recorded in Latvian Radio. This CD, released by the Austrian “Gramola” label was recently mentioned by the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Bestenliste, as one of the discoveries of the year.