Black and white: new piano classics
A rich instrument, almost an entire orchestra. It's about the piano. Seven octaves-whatever chords you want to build. But sometimes even one crystal-tinkling note in the silence is enough to…

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Jazz together: six bright duet albums
Jazz is an abundant genre. Lush orchestras, lengthy improvisations, dueling soloists, a meandering rhythm section, and so on. But not always the more the better. When jazzmen consciously limit themselves,…

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A place in the sun: five albums with a non-trivial interpretation of jazz and classical music
The American Kronos Quartet — one of the most famous chamber groups-released an album with new works by Terry Riley, one of the fathers of American minimalism. Nothing special: they…

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Black and white: new piano classics

A rich instrument, almost an entire orchestra. It’s about the piano. Seven octaves-whatever chords you want to build. But sometimes even one crystal-tinkling note in the silence is enough to say everything. Probably all composers wrote for the piano in all genres. And those who did not have time to write for this instrument due to historical reasons — like Bach, for example-exist in transcriptions. Our selection includes new and archived recordings, from Bach to contemporary composers, from romanticism to Polish avant-garde, British postmodern and Soviet “Philharmonic jazz”. Continue reading

We have heard and know: to whom, why and how Russian tribute bands pay their respects
The time is now: endless animation, cloning and copying of rock dinosaurs of all breeds. The thesis, of course, is banal and has been repeated many times, including by me…

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Spring, love, dance: four new jazz albums
For some mysterious reason, Russian jazz albums come out in waves. Moreover, it is clear that domestic labels (how many of them are there — two or four?) there is…

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Camera obscura: four new albums with classics
Let's talk about the chamber genre. A trio, a Quartet, a quintet-that's it. The spring of 2019 brought a lot of beauty to this field: the canonical Shostakovich quintet, Eugene…

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Icons, hermits, geniuses: the best jazz releases of winter 2020
As they say, spring has come into its own. And if we continue with cliches, the incredibly warm winter has melted the hearts, souls, and minds of jazz musicians... and…

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