Kuznetsov, Aleksey (Alekseyevich )
- Walter Ojakäär
(b Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR [now Russia], Sept 6, 1941). Russian guitarist and composer. He learned to play guitar from his father, a member of a popular light-music quartet. Having studied dömbra (a lute) at the Moscow Musical and Pedagogical School (graduating in 1962) he served as a member of the Estradno-Simfonichesky Orkestr Vsesoyuznovo Radio i Tsentral’novo TV (Symphonic variety orchestra of the all-union radio and central TV) from 1962 to 1974. He made his début as a jazz musician at Moscow Jazz–1965 and performed regularly thereafter as a leader and soloist at concerts and festivals in the USSR, Warsaw, Bombay, Prague, and Debrecen, Hungary; from 1975 he played in the symphony orchestra of the ministry of cinematography. Kuznetsov made recordings as a leader (including Goluboy korall, 1981, Mel. C60 155278) and in a guitar duo with Nikolay Gromin, and composed music for his own performances. In the 1990s he worked mainly in a duo with Georgy Garanian and in a trio with Garanian and the pianist Daniil Kramer. He also leads the quartet Jazz-Accord, consisting of Lev Kushnir (piano), Vladimir Danilin (accordion), and Anatoly Sobolev (double bass), which has performed in concert and on television with such guest soloists as Igor Bril and German Luk’yanov, as well as with singers. Kuznetsov published an instructional book, ...