Oleg Kireyev developed his love of music and his artistic craft in the town of
Ufa in the Ural mountains area of the Europe/Asia border. Immersed in the ethos of the
nomadic Bashkir peoples of that region, Kireyev has engaged an ancient/future
perspective in his music, often employing traditional Bashkir instruments alongside live
electronics and a wordless vocal style that recalls throat-singing traditions. On his
primary instrument the tenor saxophone, Kireyev delivers a compelling, full-bodied tone
and attack, always with a keen sense of forward momentum.
Influenced by some of the standard bearers of his instrument, ranging from such grand masters as Coleman Hawkins and Dexter Gordon, to contemporary players like the late Michael Brecker, and Joshua Redman, Oleg seeks his own path, his own sound. His collaborators have included Bud Shank, pianist Hal Galper, drummer Adam Nussbaum, trumpeters Tom Harrell, pianist Keith Javors, drummer E.J. Strickland, bassist Ben Williams and many others.
Oleg Kireyev is an internationally-recognized musician, touring frequently
and playing to appreciative audiences in Europe and the U.S. Having undertaken many
innovative and provocative international jazz projects in a performing career spanning
three decades, The Express and Star says Kireyev is “a Russian sax player with a
reputation for hard swing and high excitement”. “Incredibly good”,
“Soft and enthusiastic” and “Stylish and top-notch” are all
phrases music critics have written about his voice on saxophone. He has performed at the
London Jazz Festival, the New York Jazz Improv Festival, and the Montreux Jazz Festival,
to name a few. Legendary musician Bud Shank says: "Oleg's playing is a
marvelous combination of styles, incorporating a whole lot of players. I hear echoes of
the 1920’s and John Coltrane combined with unstructured jazz."
What's cool (to me, at least) about the result is how unabashed the band is in swinging genuinely hard on chestnut exotica like Puerto Rican-born Ellington trombonist Juan Tizol's "Caravan," which Kireyev turned to as an encore, and seems born to blow, dervish-like.
--Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Association, USA
"A Russian sax player with a reputation for hard swing and high
--The Express Star, GBR.
"The musician performing looked like a priest of a strange music
patronizing God. Through all the night his eyes were shining with that fire of a man who
totally devoted himself to the deed beloved".
--OpenMusic magazine, Russia.
"The tenor saxophonist from Ufa in the Urals is establishing a
reputation as an entertaining and skilled musician... Revolutionary Russian reedman Oleg
--The Evening Mail, GBR.
"The Russian sax player breaks down genre borders".
--Paul Freeman /Entertainment Writer, USA
This Russian cat has been a genre splicer for quite a while now and he has
the chops to chop it down and build it all right back up properly. A tasty world amalgam
of stuff from his native territory as well as other grounds he’s traveled, this is
wide open jazzy world beat date with so many other accents in the mix it’s better
to sit down and enjoy it rather than analyze it, particularly if this is your glass of
tea. Check it out particularly if you ride the progressive world beat tip.
--CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher, Midwest Record, USA
Wow! These Russians, and one African, really cook! According to the liner
notes, I am hearing jazz music infused with Moldavian and Asian melodies and African
rhythms. Is that what this wonderful stuff is? If so, I am hooked.
--Walter Kolosky, jazz.com, USA
Saxophonist Oleg Kireyev's Mandala is a most interesting release. At a
mere three minutes and thirty-six seconds, the title track alone is an audible sonic
feast with everything from thrash rock guitar, electronics, a Russian dance theme, and
primal chants to Indian tabla percussion, all packed into a strong groove momentum.
--Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz, USA
This excellent CD (Mandala) is enthusiastically recommended to world jazz
--Alex Henderson, All Music Guide, USA
Wow! I said, and settled in to listen to a new soprano saxophone performer from Russia! Incredibly good and smooth, full of verve, and style, and class, and that is what Russian soprano saxophonist Oleg Kirejev is all about in this CD release titled "SONG FOR SONNY" (1995).
--Lee Prosser, jazzreview.com