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Self Esteem 06:55
New Life 08:03
Priorities 05:57
Inner Voice 02:16
Challenges 05:45
Belief 06:48


The Latvian Radio Big Band is one of the most legendary jazz music ensembles in the Baltics, which over the course of many years has proven itself with high quality recordings and has brought together outstanding jazz musicians. “Identities" is comprised of compositions by the Big Band’s leader, Kārlis Vanags, which are rooted in big band traditions and are surprisingly honest and personal. Contemporary music without artificial melodic resolution which sustains a lively swing mood. A recording whose accessibility to a wider audience is in balance with its artistic virtue.

This album was recorded live direct to analog tape using a Studer A 80 1/4” two-track tape recorder without any editing or overdubbing. 


released May 22, 2020

Kārlis Vanags - conductor, composition, tenor sax

Dāvis Jurka - alto sax, flute, clarinet, section lead
Jānis Puķītis - alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet
Gints Pabērzs - tenor sax, soprano sax
Māris Jēkabsons - tenor sax
Kristaps Lubovs - baritone sax, bass clarinet

Andris Augstkalns - 1st trumpet, section lead
Gatis Gorkuša - 2nd trumpet
Oskars Ozoliņš - 3rd trumpet
Reinis Puriņš - 4th trumpet
Dominykas Vyšniauskas - 5th trumpet

Laura Rozenberga - 1st trombone, section lead
Kārlis Alfrēds Feldbergs - 2nd trombone
Uldis Ziediņš - 3rd trombone
Nauris Strežs - bass trombone, tuba

Viktors Ritovs - piano, Fender Rhodes
Rihards Goba - guitar
Edvīns Ozols - electric bass, upright bass
Artis Orubs - drums


Atis Andersons - Hammond organ
Jievaras Jasinskis - trombone

All music composed and arranged by Kārlis Vanags.

Recorded on January 28. - 30. 2020 at Spikeri Concert Hall, Riga, Latvia.

Recording Engineer: Gustavs Ērenpreiss.

Assistant Recording Engineer: Kaspars Putriņš.

Tape Engineer: Balvis Trinkuns, Kaspars Putriņš

Digital Mastering at LokoMotiv Room. Mastering Engineer: Kaspars Putriņš

Analog Mastering for vinyl at duophonic. Mastering Engineer: Moritz Illner

Produced by Mareks Ameriks.

Photo: Oskars Upenieks

Sleeve Design: Edgars Ameriks.


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Jersika Records Latvia

Jersika Records is an independent jazz and improvised music record label founded by Mareks Ameriks in Riga, Latvia, in 2017. Most of recordings on Jersika Records are made completely analogue – recorded live reel-to-reel to tape and cut directly to lacquer, but even those that went through digital domain are carefully mastered to preserve the warmth of the sound. ... more

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