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IDENTITIES by Kārlis Vanags / Latvian Radio Big Band

IDENTITIES by Kārlis Vanags / Latvian Radio Big Band


Black vinyl. 180 gr. Gatefold laminated with 12 page booklet. First press. All analog recording.

The Latvian Radio Big Band is one of the most legendary jazz music ensembles in the Baltics, which over the course of many years has proven itself with high quality recordings and has brought together outstanding jazz musicians. “Identities" is comprised of compositions by the Big Band’s leader, Kārlis Vanags, which are rooted in big band traditions and are surprisingly honest and personal. Contemporary music without artificial melodic resolution which sustains a lively swing mood. A recording whose accessibility to a wider audience is in balance with its artistic virtue.

This album was recorded live direct to analog tape using a Studer A 80 1/4” two-track tape recorder without any editing or overdubbing. 


released May 22, 2020

Kārlis Vanags - conductor, composition, tenor sax
Dāvis Jurka - alto sax, flute, clarinet, section lead
Jānis Puķītis - alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet
Gints Pabērzs - tenor sax, soprano sax
Māris Jēkabsons - tenor sax
Kristaps Lubovs - baritone sax, bass clarinet
Andris Augstkalns - 1st trumpet, section lead
Gatis Gorkuša - 2nd trumpet
Oskars Ozoliņš - 3rd trumpet
Reinis Puriņš - 4th trumpet
Dominykas Vyšniauskas - 5th trumpet
Laura Rozenberga - 1st trombone, section lead
Kārlis Alfrēds Feldbergs - 2nd trombone
Uldis Ziediņš - 3rd trombone
Nauris Strežs - bass trombone, tuba
Viktors Ritovs - piano, Fender Rhodes
Rihards Goba - guitar
Edvīns Ozols - electric bass, upright bass
Artis Orubs - drums

Atis Andersons - Hammond organ
Jievaras Jasinskis - trombone

All music composed and arranged by Kārlis Vanags.
Recorded on January 28. - 30. 2020 at Spikeri Concert Hall, Riga, Latvia.
Recording Engineer: Gustavs Ērenpreiss.
Assistant Recording Engineer: Kaspars Putriņš.
Tape Engineer: Balvis Trinkuns, Kaspars Putriņš
Digital Mastering at LokoMotiv Room. Mastering Engineer: Kaspars Putriņš
Analog Mastering for vinyl at duophonic. Mastering Engineer: Moritz Illner
Produced by Mareks Ameriks.
Photo: Oskars Upenieks
Sleeve Design: Edgars Ameriks.

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