‘There was a period in the Twenties, now one hundred years ago, where all the world started to dance the same happy dances. Everywhere gramophones and radios brought the voice of America, its fashion, its carelessness, its joy of living. No composer could remain immune to a certain jazz influence and Eastern Europe was no exception.
The third volume of my anthology of Jazz-influenced piano music features composers from no less than nine Central and Eastern European countries. One of my highlights of this volume is Misha Spoliansky’s hypnotizing Valse Boston ‘Morphium’. In stark contrast, Leonid Polovinkin’s futuristic approach to Foxtrot and Tango is extremely entertaining and refreshing to our ears. Listen up!’ – Gottlieb Wallisch