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Summing up: Russian jazz in 2018

It is difficult to divide music into years, especially to sum up some results for a certain period of time. Music is too Grand to be measured in days, even if there are 365 of them. But a ritual is a ritual. So, what did your reviewer personally remember about 2018 in Russian jazz? Analysis of what happened through personal impressions with conclusions.

The most popular event of the year is “jazz Day” in St. Petersburg. UNESCO Ambassador Herbie Hancock brought this new holiday to us, in Russia, in the Northern capital. A lot of real stars, events, events-jazz finally began to look like something cool-status-dynamic. Judging by the stories of insiders, a large-scale event was prepared quite quickly, and often directly as if with God’s Providence!Godama’s strangest but most enjoyable album was even reviewed. This is the “Day De Senar” of the Moscow-based Mediterranean Deconstruction Ensemble. A piquant mix of Jewish ethnicity, jazz, and avant-garde… unique!I am glad that, first of all, Russian jazzmen are creating more and more original music. Secondly, there is someone to release it — in this case, the label Fancy, which could well be called “label of the year”, but in the absence of competitors to do this is somehow strange.Best group of the yearlrk Trio-supergroup, acoustic trio of pianist Eugene Lebedev, double bassist Anton Revnyuk and drummer Ignat Kravtsov. Released a great album ” Urban Dreamer “on a European label and generally in demand in” Europe “and”Japan”.They play exclusively their own, difficult and clever material, while at concerts they easily rock any audience. At the expense of a witty entertainer and real live energy.An ambitious project, it would be strange not to mention it here, since we have written about it twice. This is the album “Outside the Box” by drummer Sasha Machine. For his solo debut in the recording industry, Mashin, who has played with many cool Europeans and Americans, has assembled a dream team. Including “Russian foreigners”: trumpeter Alex Sipyagin and saxophonist Zhenya strigaleva. This, by the way, is a long-standing trend: the return of our citizens from abroad, as well as the cooperation of Russians with foreigners.In other words, Russian jazz is slowly but surely becoming international… or European, at least. Which is quite natural: the new generation of our jazz musicians has something to say and something to impress.A powerful sideman of the year as such, we note the double bass player Sergei Khutas. He not only plays in many interesting jazz and pop projects, but also released a successful solo album. Which we enthusiastically reviewed on the way out.The handyman of Godet trio Dmitry Ilugdin. A completely non-standard jazz trio… or not jazz. Or not a trio? They shoot colorful clips for instrumental compositions and worked so well with the singer Tatyana Balakirskaya that it turned out something quite original, meaningful and clearly liked by the people.This, by the way, comes back to the question that success can only be achieved with your original material containing a personal statement. By the way, next year we are waiting for the next album of the Dmitry Ilugdin trio.A novice at social media and then we stumble on a video with guitarist Eugene Bobozim. The young jazzman — who celebrated his thirtieth birthday in December-plays a complex, technical, but hot fusion. Alan Holdsworth is remembered!And shooting, where Pobozhy in a trio with Anton Davidyants, invariably attracts rave reviews from senior colleagues. Let’s hope that next year Eugene will record a solo album.The godapianist Igor Yakovenko, who jumped into the last car, released an excellent album “Troika” on the Fancy Music label with his trio: double bass — Viktor Shestak, drums — Misha Fotchenkov.Much can be said about this work specifically and about these musicians in General. Apparently, we will review the “Troika” next year.Jazz club godamn it seems, then, without any competition: the club Alexei Kozlov Kozlov Club in Moscow. “Kozlevich”, as it is popularly called, after a sudden closure and an equally sudden re-opening in a new place, completely blossomed. In December, the opening of the third (!) scenes.

The convenient location, interesting interior in a historical building on Maroseyka and uninterrupted concerts of our and foreign ones attract non-jazz audience to the club. And this, I think, is the dream of any institution: that everyone goes there, not just style fans.
Loss godady year overshadowed by the untimely passing of significant musicians. One of the blows (and for me personally) is the absolutely tragic death of Andrey Suchilin-an improvisational guitarist, composer, and philosopher… My friend on Facebook, I don’t even hesitate to say that in the network he was like a father to me, an Odyssey through the world of music and thought… Although we never met in person, I did Skype interviews with him and often asked him for clever comments.It’s surprisingly strange polityczna album “Noema” a few years ago reprinted. Let’s hope that soon all suchilin’s legacy will be published-both His music and audio recordings of Merab Mamardashvili’s lectures, which Andrey painstakingly restored for many years.Festival-otkritiedlya me personally this “Jazz May” in the city of Penza, where I was invited by its organizer Oleg Rubtsov. “Jazz May” in Penza — the festival of international level. Sold-out concerts are held in the new convenient building of the local Philharmonic. In parallel, all day there are concerts and other activities on the square near the Philharmonic. Dancing on the street, people with a positive attitude, almost no police — in General, joy and celebration!

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