Three generations of talent come together
for the debut recording of the Girshevich Trio,
Algorithmic Society (Tapestry Records, 2016).
The trio is comprised of Vlad Girshevich, piano and
synthesizers; his son, 12-year-old Aleks Girshevich, drums;
and Eddie Gomez, bass. Special guest Rony Barrak appears on
“Healing the Chaos,” playing the darbouka, riq and daf –
respectively, a hand drum, a tambourine-like instrument and
another type of drum.
“Healing the Chaos” is a mixed
media piece. The opening sequence is a simple, pop trio
offering. Then it shifts briefly into something of Hungarian
classical, featuring a string section. Back to the acoustic
trio, the piano thrills out front, with subtle support from
the synths. Meanwhile, the bass line is riveting, and the
drum track keeps it all together. After another pass on the
Hungarian, Gomez takes point. They engage in a call and
response with Barrak, who answers with his trio of hand
A steady pulse on the
high-hat is part of the landscape of “300 Years Ago.” It’s a
moderately paced song. Vlad delights throughout. Aleks
maintains that pulse no matter what else he does with the
kit. Gomez glides back and forth between a base rhythm and
improvised fills. In the final third, father and son enjoy a
call and response session of their own.
trained pianist from Uzbekistan, Vlad Girshevich began
training at the age of 4. He became interested in jazz as a
teenager. He moved to Colorado in the 1990s and has
performed with an array of jazz artists, including Stanley
Jordan, Ernie Watts and Arturo Sandoval, among others.
Aleks released his first album, Tomorrow, at
age 11, earning high praise from Critical Jazz and
All About Jazz. He was named one of the Best
Student Musicians of 2015 in DownBeat Student Music
Awards in the category of Jazz Soloist – Drums.
nine tracks of Algorithmic Society were written by
Vlad and Aleks Girshevich.