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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 no collusion, just as there is no promotion strategy. You look for these same Russians on the CD in the daytime with fire, then suddenly-the shaft.

Here in may, it turned out like this. And it is gratifying to see that our people are trying to do something sharp, fresh, attractive and breaking out of the usual jazz framework. Sometimes it turns out almost pop music made by jazzmen. This is particularly interesting, because” real ” pop music, the kind that is on the radio and music TV channels — well, it is not a tradition at all. In our present review is — the Russian ethno-jazz, funk, international project and for comparison — the famous club by the British. Spring, love, dance all!
Anna Koroleva ” Ocean Inside “About this release of the label” Art-Bit ” I accidentally learned — from the art Director of the club Kozlov. The fact that we don’t care about jazz PR is not news, but this album is particularly offensive. For it can be safely addressed to a wide audience, because it is literally popular — and in fact, and in style.

Anna Koroleva is a star of the Russian jazz scene, an Alto saxophonist. Double album: intelligent light fusion on the first CD, and on the second — Russian folk songs. More precisely, Russian chants are authentic – “Babushkin” or children’s — voices, which then grow into a witty improvisation. It is quite fresh: a new dimension of the usual kind of ethno-jazz. Original Russian swing. Or swing in Russian. Emotions run high, as they say.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerSecret Atelier “Notes” a song by Madonna sung with the voice of Amy Winehouse or the Blues with the vocals of Joss stone — can you imagine it? I also could not, until I got to the concert of Sveta Zhavoronkova, and she is a unique Moscow soul/near — jazz scene. Her English-language project Secret Atelier does not enjoy deafening popularity for one reason only-it is English — speaking. The music is a thoroughbred, a bright mosaic of funk, soul, arenbi and just in the same spirit.The sound of some songs I would compare with the early Brand New Heavies, but who will remember them now? And here-original melodies and rocking rhythms, a real groove of the rhythm section, tenacious guitar parts of musicians and the flying voice of Ms. Zhavoronkova. Although made with a clear perfectionist approach-sometimes the record seems polished — but no deliberate aesthetics, just a joy.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerEzra Collective “You Can’t Steal My Joy”in continuation of the theme of Secret Atelier, Brand New Heavies and others. “You can’t steal joy,” says the title of the record from the London-based Ezra Collective quintet. A band that plays such mosaic club music, reinterpreting all the same noble genres-funk, soul, jazz and so on. Plus elements of African folklore. We’ve been on the London scene for a few years, and now we’ve released our debut album — long awaited, long — awaited, as they say in such cases; in this case-quite rightly.In General, what Ezra Collective plays in the 90s would have been called acid jazz, but we, thank God, live in a different era. Complex, sophisticated sound, rhythms from dub to break-beat-and all this gives simple emotions. “What Am I to Do” with loyle Carner’s unhurriedly arrogant rap is just a hit. A joy that can’t be stolen. Especially for fellow musicians.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerMakar Novikov & Hiske Oosterwijk “Stereobass” will Complete an international Russian-Dutch project with two double bassists. Moreover, one of the double bassists is Daria chernakova, who is extremely popular on the capital’s jazz scenes. The instigators of the project are Moscow bassist Makar Novikov and Dutch singer Hiske Osterwijk, who is distinguished by an amazing articulation and precise intonation. An album of original songs in English and French and two songs in, imagine, Frisian (this is also German, the second native language of Hiscke).Stereobass is one of the first releases of the new St. Petersburg label Rainy Days, which debuted with the album of drummer Sasha Mashina. Here, too, he plays, and his distinctive sound and twists are exactly what this music needs.What kind of music is this? Not jazz, not funk, not… For example, the first song, “Yellow Car” -it starts with arpeggios, like some Coldplay. The final “Junbea” is a slowly accelerating folk ballad with a hypnotic piano by Alexey Ivannikov. But the stylistic definition is the only thing you can think about here. Because, in fact, the music in this very head “goes»

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