With a voice as silky as his trumpet playing, Ilya Serov casts a seductive spell on his debut album, September in the Rain.
The Los Angeles-based Serov possesses that rare gift of being able to sing as well as utilize the trumpet with graceful precision. Such a talent is not common, and Serov employs both in equal measures. Other trumpeters would have produced a record of chilled-out instrumentals; however, Serov ventures further, combining the icy trumpeting of Chet Baker with the soulful crooning of Michael Bublé. On September in the Rain, the result is a lovingly rendered homage to jazz standards.
On the title track, Serov’s vocals are as warm as spring sunshine. They soothe the ears as the sweeping music lifts the heart. It is gloriously romantic, brimming with sweet emotions. Serov’s versatility storms from the gate on “All of Me,” which bursts with Big Band exuberance. Serov’s sultry trumpet on “Our Love is Here to Stay” sparkles while his version of “The Girl from Ipanema” is a dreamy beauty.
A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in Russia, Serov is already receiving accolades in the L.A. jazz scene. No surprise there as September in the Rain is worthy of the highest praise.