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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby


The Face of Love

Eugene Maslov

Mack Avenue Records MAC 10002



    1. Chan’s Song (Never Said)
    2. More Love
    3. Them There Eyes
    4. The Face of Love
    5. Seven Steps to Heaven
    6. Peacocks
    7. Bluesette
    8. Grove Merchant
    9. Through Russian Eyes
    10. Come Back to Me Love

Eugene Maslov – piano, synth
Eddie Gomez – bass (all tracks except 4, 10)
Chuck Deardorf – bass (tracks 4 & 10)
Willie Jones – drums (all tracks except 2, 4,7 &10)
Steve Williams – drums (tracks 4 & 10)
George Schuller – drums (tracks 2 & 7)
Guests Shirley Horn (tracks 4 & 10)
Toots Thielman (tracks 2 & 7)


A new name for me, but Eugene Maslov is a very fine performer, he was classically trained and he is of Russian origin, but he has certainly absorbed the essence of great jazz piano playing. The classical training has provided the amazing technique, but as we know in the jazz world, that counts for little if you have no feeling for jazz. Whether Eugene is playing the music of Herbie Hancock or swinging on an old standard, this is jazz piano of its very best. The guest artists, Toots Thielman on harmonica and the redoubtable Shirley Horn, who is probably the finest living jazz female vocalist, add to the quality of the record.

The programme is also excellent, a nice collection of differing content, but most importantly each one beautifully played. It is of course true that the best pianists always attract the best bass players and the best drummers and this is the case here, Eugene is very well supported in that respect.

Seven Steps to Heaven, the Miles Davis/Victor Feldman composition is one of the finest tracks here, although I found all of them most enjoyable.

Groove Merchant by Jerome Richardson if a nice funky track with a sort of ‘down home’ feel about it. Through Russina Eyes is a very pleasant Maslov original, with a light Latin feel. The last track brings back Shirley Horn she seems to just get better and better!

This is an excellent record, which I highly recommend to all lovers of great jazz piano.

Don Mather



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