songwriter and saxophonist Ivan Boyarkin has released in
2012 his debut album Sensation. Although Ivan lives in
Moscow, he inhaled the spirit of American smooth jazz so perfectly
that his music is a real recommendation for all smooth jazz
When an artist calls his opening theme Sensation,
you can expect great things. The title track keeps this
announcement. With utmost care Ivan creates an intimate
atmosphere on the saxophone. The velvety voice of the singer
Rona Ray is convincing on No Better. The young singer
Stas Markevich carries on Midnight Love to the
success of the CD. The combination of modern rhythm with the
mellifluous sound of Ivan's sax is the main feature of True.
Whatever You Want presents A. Chevajevskaya and S.
Velichko in a heartfelt duet. If you love the piano play of
Brian Culbertson or Nate Harasim, you should definitely
listen to Love Just Wants. Ivan is like Culbertson a
brilliant multi-instrumentalist. Last Time comes with
great nonchalance. Your Love Will Always Belong To Me
showcases a romantic ballade of Galliano and Gayana.
The intensive use of auto-tune like on Something In My Mind
is probably to be regarded as time phenomenon. Less
would be more. The album shines on instrumentals in the
style of Better Day. Vladimir Boytsov's bass solo on
this track is remarkable. Love ballades such as Leave Me
Alone featuring singer Gayana are also highlights of
this CD. On Go Out Of The Rain Ivan lives his
penchant for experimental in the design of the keyboard
My Life is a George Benson-flavored song. Elijah
Grigoryev performs relaxed guitar licks humming along the
melody. Light Up Your Soul featuring MC Elijah Black
is a rap intruder adapted melodiously to the body of work.
The atmospheric Music From My Mind presents the
lovely singer Blacky. The album closes with the sensitive
Love Song, Ivan's final sax interpretation.
Ivan Boyarkin's album Sensation surprises with
exceptional professionalism. My only criticism is that the
album has not been released as a CD. But that can surely
catch up. For now download the album. Links are provided at