Simeon Schterev Quartet
02. Sunset - Sunrise
03. Bass Folksong
04. Senor Mouse
Simeon Shterev - flute
Peter Slavov - drums
Theodossi Stoykov - bass
Mario Stanchev - acoustic & electric piano
Two possibilities for the title? Some sources call this album "Simon Shterev Quartet", others "On Charles Lloyd". Just looking at the cover I would prefer the first version. "On Charles Lloyd" is the title of the first piece.
Simeon Shterev clearly is one of the best flute players worldwide. He is associate professor for flute and improvisation at Sofia's Music Academy since 1974. In 1968 he was chosen the best european jazz flute player. Listening to "Bulgarian Jazz Quartet - Jazz Focus 65" from 1968 I can understand this decision.
Ten years later, on this album he is still playing with the Bulgarian Jazz Quartet drummer Peter Slavov, besides Mario Stanchev on keyboards and Theodossi Stoykov on bass. The music can't deny some influences of "Return To Forever", a version of "Senior Mouse" is included. But it's much better than RTF'S simultanious output. Included is also a nice version of Stanley Clarke's "Bass Folksong". Their original material is jazz-fusion on a high level and a little jewel that should get more international attention.
More fantastic Bugarian fusion? Yeah, you better believe it. Similar to the Vesselin Nikolov but with more basics of the fusion style, including synthesizers and standard riffology.