Milcho Leviev

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


19 December 1937, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Leviev studied formally at the Bulgarian State Music Academy, and by the early 60s was playing piano and directing orchestras on radio and television. He was also active as a composer, experimenting with music to be played by classical and jazz ensembles. In the early 70s he was in Germany and soon moved to the USA, where he began a fruitful association with Don Ellis. In addition to playing with Ellis he also composed and arranged, finding considerable rapport with Ellis’ imaginative use of complex time signatures and incorporation of ethnic concepts. Also in the 70s, Leviev played in small groups led by, among others, John Klemmer and Billy Cobham. In the early 80s, Leviev worked with Art Pepper, with whom he appeared at Ronnie Scott’s club, an occasion recorded onBlues For The Fisherman and True Blues.

He also worked with Al Jarreau and led his own small band, Free Flight. Although Free Flight...

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