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norman lebrecht

May 14, 2021

The Russian trumpeter Ilya Serov steals the show in this olde-worlde cabaret number. Watch for his solo at 2:55.

Ilya has played with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg State Symphony, and   St. Petersburg State Opera Theatre.




  • MER says:

    An amazingly versatile artist. Would love to hear a classical album on trumpet, too, adding to the musical riches.

  • sam says:

    Chet Baker meets Pink Martini:

    Pleasant enough, appealing enough, but it’s ultimately a song and a music video packaged by a committee of marketers: a little bit of nondescript salsa, a little bit of nondescript lounge music, a liitle bit of nondescript jazz, a little bit of nondescript choreography in a nondescript Miami-like location replete with American flag and, incongruously, American accent sung by a Russian trumpeter, and voilà, you get a perfectly pleasant and nondescript set piece for sales worldwide.

    • MER says:

      The true significance of this performance has passed over your head, your perspective being both superficial and cynical at once. Serov is a truly original artist whose superior musical instincts certainly reveal connections to past greats while forging his own unique style both instrumentally and vocally. Poncho Sanchez is among the finest percussionists of our time, and the genuine admiration he holds for Serov is abundantly evident. This is an utterly brilliant, superlative video I’ve now watched a number of times. And I have no doubt Frank Sinatra, the favorite singer of artists like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Lee Konitz, would have loved it, too, recognizing originality born from past models. It is blatantly erroneous to overstate a Chet Baker influence especially when there are aspects of Serov’s playing that I cannot place from anywhere else, they perhaps arising from his classical training and Russian heritage. I am well-versed in the history of jazz trumpet, and, again, Serov has developed a uniquely captivating style.

    • Westfan says:

      An American accent? He’s singing in English but that is no American accent, by any stretch. What fun this clip is! Lovely stuff.

  • Glenn Call says:

    I like this guy – he’s cool, he’s got the beat, he’s a great singer and he looks the part.
    The only thing his act lacks is a Euphonium – hey, I’m serious here!

  • BigSir says:

    Who is the lead player in the back? Thats where some of the fireworks came from.

  • Rob says:

    It’s awful

  • Anon says:

    The legendary Wayne Bergeron!