Freaking out in earnest: interview with Carlos Beneto Grau of the Spanish Brass quintet
"Rock band from the wind" or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass wind quintet from Barcelona performed at the international music festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosos first appeared in…

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Melody of the Universe: how the Soviet "father of electronics" created a cosmic musical instrument
This, without exaggeration, unique musical unit could not be attributed to any type of instrument. Moreover, the melody that he plays after a couple of mysterious passes with his hands…

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Natalia Skvortsova, "Live people": "The most interesting thing in jazz is happening now!»
Known in the circles of connoisseurs of modern author's jazz group "Live people" (or Live People) is releasing the fourth Studio album of author's material. The leader of the group,…

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Live season: five new jazz albums

It has always been assumed that summer is the dead season in the record usinessb. All high-profile / significant releases are traditionally planned for the beginning of autumn,and then-for the new year. In short, the first period — when students return from vacation, the second-when people are preparing to celebrate and give everything in a row. Thank God, now no one really saves anything: there is material-it is released. Worthy music will find its audience in any season.

August and the beginning of September pleased us with jazz — generally speaking, any jazz. From old-school “cool” to all sorts of modernist things, from complex crowded Studio projects to minimalist hot “Zhivago”. Even the title to this review is difficult to come up with, so different everything is. But all five releases have something in common, namely, filling old forms with new content. And this is a worthy jazz super-task — in any season. Continue reading

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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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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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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Genesis of sound and music carrier: Ummagma group reveals the cards
Summarizing the sound quality of the audio system, often our listeners are forced to guess and speculate what, in fact, "the artist wanted to say" on a particular phonogram. Today…

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