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b. 24 February 1947, Sverdlovsk, Russia. During the 90s Chekasin was the most highly regarded saxophonist in the former Soviet Union, his style a blend of the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s high-pressure hard bop (Chekasin frequently plays two or more horns at once), 60s New York free-jazz tenor and wild Peter Brötzmann -like howls, mixed with a great deal of onstage clowning and theatricality. A composer and keyboard player as well as a saxophonist, Chekasin was originally a violinist (he took it up at the age of six), then shifted to clarinet and alto saxophone, beginning to lead jazz bands around 1967
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