By Gary Walker, WBGO

Saxophonist Igor Butman is living proof of the power of music to cross-pollinate cultures, break barriers and make folks feel good.

They’re both part of Igor’s 18-piece Moscow Jazz Orchestra, onstage through Sunday night at the Blue Note in New York. Butman, Pobozhly and Akkuratov were joined by bassist Sergei Korchagian and drummer Eduardo Zizak during a live broadcast on Morning Jazz, sharing such spirited proficiency that it made us wonder what the big band version must feel like.

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