Live @ Open air studio / Piano City Novi Sad 06. 09. 2019.
Lav Kovač – drums
Ervin Malina – double bass
Maja Alvanović – piano
“When Majamisty TriO appeared on the Serbian jazz scene near the end of this century’s first decade, they were – it has to be said – an oddity. With their first album Mistyland (2011), Majamisty Trio (Maja Alvanovic-piano, Ervin Malina-double bass, Istvan Cik-drums) instantly garnered appreciation from prominent Serbian critics: the band was one of the headliners of the Belgrade Jazz Festival, their music received praise from JazzTimes as well as All About Jazz, and the release made its way as far as Japan. Boldly stepping outside the main current of Serbian jazz of the time, they conquered new heights, trailblazing for those still in their creative nascence.
Alvanović did not wait long to tackle the challenge of the fabled “second album” (a.k.a. where to from here?). The new boldness was signalled by the very title of the release Love (2014), which would prove to be aptly named. The experience from working on their debut album, the confidence born of creating and arranging it, alongside five perfectly selected guest performers made the second album depict love in full splendour, emerging as a masterpiece of melody and colour in a magnificently sonorous portrayal of the most important thing in the world. What more could you ask for?
In the meantime, they had conquered America and England – as well as several European hotspots – and made an addition to their lineup, the exciting young drummer Lav Kovač. Organic is a very familiar term in jazz, denoting that the band breathes as one, which is one of the best (and unfortunately not frequent) descriptions of the values of this music. It perfectly characterizes the third release of Majamisty Trio, the first recorded exclusively as a trio, with pianist Maja Alvanović (who is also the composer of most of the songs), the double bass player Ervin Malina and the new member of the crew, drummer Lav Kovač.
From Lav, who introduced the spirit of the new Serbian jazz generation and a sophisticated penchant for discrete musical and rhythmic nuance, to Ervin, with his bold pizzicatos and unsurpassed arco solo magic, and Maja, with her graceful handling of the black and white keys and thrilling romance, but above all the organic, three-in-one union ‒ just like their smiles and hovering bodies reveal in the brilliant photo of Olivera Radmanović. With this course, they have made something timeless.”
Runtime: 47′ 56’′
Production: Mistyland production
Recording: KNOW HOW PRODUCTION
Sound: Marko Čokulov
Camera: Vladimir Antić, Dragan Gmizić, Zlatko Zlatković, Marko Stepanović
Editing: Vladimir Antić
Piano tehnician: David Izquierdo Renteria