The album SATO was made by the Ukrainian Crimean Tatar pianist and composer Usein Bekirov. SATO was created during the difficult wartime for Usein’s motherland Ukraine and for the author himself. Despite circumstances, the compositions of SATO express the ideas of the beauty and revival of Ukrainian music, a part of which is Crimean Tatar folklore. The uniqueness of the release is caused both by the concept of the album and by the performers’ star crew.
The jazz sound of the compositions of SATO is directed to the stylistic course of ethno-jazz and world music. Rhythms and melodies of colorful Crimean Tatar folk music became the main source of inspiration in the creation of the album. We can find both Usein’s original author’s themes, skillfully stylized to the oriental sound, and referenced to the classic jazz vocabulary in its juicy riffs and grooves with features of fusion and funk music.
The name of the album reflected the inheritance of generations through music. Sato is not only a folk instrument but also the name of the first Crimean Tatar jazz band, which made the first jazz arrangements of Crimean Tatar songs. The music of this band became the basic musical experience of Usein Bekirov, because one of the members of the group was his father Riza Bekirov, to whom the album is dedicated.
The author and producer of the album is Usein Bekirov – Ukrainian pianist, composer, arranger, sound producer, and author of music for a number of films and theater performances. Usein Bekirov cooperates with both foreign and Ukrainian musicians of the highest rank. This is evidenced by the participants of the album Sato: Dennis Chambers, Randy Brecker, James Genus, Mike Stern, Ada Rovatti (USA), Hadrien Feraud (France), and Cenk Erdogan (Turkey). Each performer reinterprets the author’s material of Usein Bekirov through the prism of his own experience, character, and manner of performance, which was expressed in the daring stylistic combinations within a jazz style.
A special role in the creation of the album was taken by the participants of the recordings, especially, legendary jazzmen Dennis Chambers, Randy Brecker, James Genus, Mike Stern. Their ideological and creative support became an important part of the creativity process. Musicians expressed their impressions in small addresses for the audience