Anna Buturlina (jazz, vocal) (Russia)
In spite of her youth, Anna Buturlina is a leading jazz singer of Russia for five years. She repeatedly was a laureate of various jazz vocalists’ competitions. Her first CD “Black Coffee” (Evergreen Records) came out in the middle of 2002 and was acclaimed by both jazz fans and music critics. In their annual opinion poll, Moscow jazz reviewers gave it high marks as one of the three best jazz albums of 2002. “The best vocalist of Moscow jazz scene, Anna Buturlina, on her debut CD appears as a singer both mature, master of the whole arsenal of the classic jazz vocal expressive means, and young, charming as the youth itself, with all youth's emotional freshness. From the classic standards to Brazilian hits, from passionate blues from the golden era of jazz to a romantic song of Yuri Saulsky in Russian - that is the repertoire of Anna as represented in this live recording, made during her triumphant concert series at Moscow's Central House of Artists in 2002. Anna Buturlina is backed with a quartet led by trumpet player Vitaly Golovniov, at that time one of the leaders of young Moscow straight-ahead jazz scene, now a New York City resident.”
Anna Buturlina always appears with the best Russian jazzmen. She got systematic training, being a soloist of MKS Big Band of Anatoly Kroll, then she performed with Oleg Lundstrem and Igor Butman's jazz bands, with Georgy Garanyan, Vladimir Danilin, Yakov Okun and Lev Kushnir’s ensembles. She also participated in various international jazz festivals, including "Jazz at the Hermitage Garden" (1998, 2003) and the First Russian-Spanish Jazz Festival (2004).
The second solo album by Anna Buturlina - "My Favorite Songs" (2006) reveals new facets of her talents, again featuring her as a mature and a youthful voice, a singer of taste and passion, and a master of deeply emotional singing. Virtually all songs are of Anna's own choice. The arrangements are all hers, too. The album was made in the "good old way". At the recording studio Anna sang each song several times. So everything is completely above board, none of splicing of "best takes" or other editing techniques. Anna's versions of such well-known standards as "Lush Life", "Autumn in New York" and "Angel Eyes" came out as very warm and what you may call penetratingly moving. The outstanding musicians took part in the recording: Alexey Bekker, Sergey Vasiliev, Sergey Golovnia, Dmitry Sevastianov and Russian great jazz "gurus" Alexey Kuznetsov and Viktor "Arzu" Gusseinov, and the well-known pianist Yakov Okun who chose to act as the drummer on a few tunes.