Ernie Krivda - The Alchemist

Ernie Krivda has spent much of his life in Cleveland but in the mid-1970s when he hit New York, he was considered a sensation. Born in 1945, he studied classical music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, becoming a professional musician in 1964. After playing with rock and show bands, and co-leading a band with pianist Bill Dobbins during 1969-72, he arrived in New York in 1976, recording Satanic for Inner City.

The Alchemist, Ernie Krivda’s second recording as a leader, features his intense sound, nonstop flurry of ideas and distinctive phrasing on two songs apiece on tenor, soprano and flute . The music is adventurous post bop jazz that is open to the influences of World Music, fusion and modal jazz. Joined by an all-star group consisting of pianist Gil Goldstein, bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Bobby Moses and percussionist Ray Mantilla, Krivda is dazzling, particularly on “Tzigine.” Ernie Krivda, who is still active today, helped define the modern mainstream of 1970s jazz and the music on The Alchemist is quite passionate and exciting.

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"Ernie Krivda has achieved that most elusive of musical goals, a distinctive sound all his own. That robust tone perfectly balances driving pyrotechnic displays with tender lyricism." So wrote David Dupont of Cadence Magazine in 2005. Twenty seven years before that, Krivda released his second album on Inner City Records, The Alchemist, which displays exactly from where those pyrotechnic displays and tender lyricism came. Listen to Tzigne, where you will hear Krivda's creative and ambitious solo light up the sky, then turn to Tears on a Golden Arm, where his sweet, piercing, haunting tone cuts through the air. This album will intrigue and delight you.

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Additional Info

Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Ernie Krivda
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer No
Accompanist/ Conductor Gil Goldstein - piano, Eddie Gomez - bass, Bobby Moses - drums, Ray Mantilla - percussion
SKU IC1043


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The AlchemistReview by Simon Sez
After recording Satanic, Ernie Krivda made his second album, The Alchemist. This record from the mid-1970s has Krivda sounding intense and passionate on originals that are quite advanced.

Krivda is heard not only on tenor but soprano and flute. His group includes Gil Goldstein, Eddie Gomez, Bobby Moses and Ray Mantilla, with Krivda challenging the other musicians. The music is exciting modern jazz with Krivda sounding unlike anyone else.

Simon Sez: Ernie Krivda on his second album The Alchemist (IC1043) sounds very original on tenor, soprano and flute with an all-star group.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)

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