CD REVIEW Vlad West "Green Light" by Scott Yanow, jazz critic and author
"Vlad West is a pianist with a very original style, both in his playing and his writing. His constantly inventive piano playing and his colorful originals certainly hold one's interest... Throughout his career, Vlad West has consistently shown that he is a musician well worth paying close attention to. GREEN LIGHT is his latest accomplishment."
DownBeat CD REVIEWS Vlad West "Say Hello To Russia" by Owen Cordle
"... West (nee Sermakashev), who inspired the movie Moscow On The Hudson, seems less refined, an uninhibited sort whose lines jostle each other and whose tone often becomes a claustrophobic whine. In this, he resembles Von Freeman with t touch of Harold Land. But this malleability of tone and line are part of the attraction, as is his determined drive. As a composer, he demonstrates an affinity for the classic Coltrane quartet on “Far Away” and “Black Snow”. There’s Trane in his solo on “Giant Steps”, naturally, but more Freeman and Land in “All The Things You Are” and “Stella,” the only other non-West tunes here. The rhythm section…- Danko displays an admirable range, exemplified by a certain dreaminess on “Alone” and full rhythmic blows on “Gee”. Anderson and Nussbaum are a Haden and DeJohnette pair: strong anchor, splashy wave.
For the saxmen and company, three-and-a-half leaning toward four stars."
JazzTimes VLAD WEST "Say Hello To Russia" jazz CD review by Scott Yanow
"Vlad West, a fine Russian tenr saxophonist whose defection to the West apparently inspired the movie Moscow On The Hudson, Is a strong modern mainstream stylist. West's improvising approach at times recalls Dexter Gordin although he has a tone all his won that could take a little getting used to.
Accompanied by pianist Harold Danko, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Adam Nussbaum, West comes up with creative and freguently hard-driving solos on six of his originals and three standards, making one wonder why he is not better-known."
Lawrence Journal –World ARTS & LIVING "Hybrid sounds spice melting pot" jazz CD review by Chuck Berg
”Say Hello To Russia,” Vlad West (ALVE): Vlad West, a shortened version of Vladimir Sermakashev, is a rollicking modernist, a tenor saxophonist with a barrel- chested sound and a puckish sense of time. Once one of the USSR’s most noted players, the parapatetic West takes risks. That much is clear from the music. But when one realizes that his defection from Russia was the inspiration for Robin Williams’ movie “Moscow on the Hudson,” one’s got to say, “hat’s off!”
West knows what he’s doing. His rhythm section is drawn from New York’s best. He’s also an engaging composer, as his “Far Away” and “Black Snow” indicate. And though he blinks several times while negotiating the harmonic hairpin turns of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” there’s an emotional directness that connects. Though not yet in Perelman’s or Rodidi’s class, one senses an unbounded commitment to both his new home and to jazz.
West, by the way, has a sense of humor. After thanking his parents and wife, he writes: “To Bill Clinton, who inspired me to do this CD”.
Fred Starr, former president of Oberlin College, Jazz Studies, on Vlad West's CD "In My Corner"
"On any instrument and under any name Vlad West has a distinctive and extremely attractive voice.
This CD puts his instrumental diversity on exhibit and also reveals intriguing developments in his musical style. But thank goodness, there is still that wonderful lyric and rhythmic voice suffusing it all. Hats off to the new Vlad West and to yet newer Vlad Wests yet to come!!"
JAZZ REVIEW online magazine featured JAZZ SPOTLIGHTS: Vlad West - In My Corner
ALL ABOUT JAZZ online magazine about Vlad West's new release "GREEN LIGHT"
Armenian Jazz Today by Armen Manukyan: Vlad West (aka Vladimir Sermakashev)
"Vladimir Sermakashev is real live Legend Of Soviet Jazz... "(reed article in Russian)
In Russian press about new Vlad West album "Green Light"
Gerry Mulligan jam session with Vlad West's (aka Vladimir Sermakashev) "KM Quartet" in Moscow, 1967
(listen to "BODY AND SOUL", see pictures and reed article in Russian)