Wish tree: four new jazz albums
Whatever you say, today jazz is the most creative, modern, free and therefore interesting music of all styles. And this is the only genre in which Russian musicians perform in all senses on a par with colleagues from any, even the most “jazz” countries. It is gratifying to realize that some of the overall jazz development is influenced by musicians from Russia! But in this environment, there is a real cosmopolitanism: those who have brains pumped with all kinds of music from classical to electronic, who are masters of their instrument and who are not afraid to experiment-welcome to them.
Zhenya Strigalev & Federico Dannemann “The Change” Is a typical example: a Quartet with two leaders — saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev and guitarist Frederico Dannemann. St Petersburg saxophonist Eugene strigalev went to England quite a young man and settled down there (more about this told our publication drummer Sasha Mashin). There, at the Royal Academy of music, he met the Argentine Dannemann. Since then, they have played and recorded together and finally, after as much as 13 years, formed a permanent project. Their debut album” The Change ” was released by the young St. Petersburg label Rainy Days in early June in electronic form (and only now it has appeared on physical media).Music is author’s, dense, complex, and knows no compromises. Floating rhythms and seemingly endless development. But it is very alive and tangible. Sometimes you listen to modern jazz music and think :” why?”This question does not arise here in principle. High, that’s why.Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Out to Dinner “Different Flavors” is Another example of an international line-up. On our side is the double bass player Boris Kozlov, who has been living in new York for a quarter of a century. Interesting composition: two percussion, two wind instruments, one double bass and no chord instrument (except vibraphone). It was done correctly, with the mind and with a pleasant delay. Although the music is complex in form, there are simple, pleasant melodies and hedonistic solos.A pleasing combination of timbres and consonants of such a strange composition. And there is nothing to say about Kozlov’s deep groove. In principle, it will even pass for background music if you turn off your head.Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Avishai Cohen”Arvoles” Eclecticism is the right word to describe the beginning of the solo career of Avishai Cohen, who was still basking in the glory of his master chick Corea. In many ways, thanks to this eclecticism — which only instrumental versions of Eminem’s songs are worth — Cohen is a double bassist and “went” to the people. Well, plus, of course, the skill of the musician (there are very few notable double bassists), charisma, and each concert is like a journey into the unknown. But over the years, it seems, Cohen has turned into some too-correct master. Not that it would be very predictable, but downright Philharmonic, sorry for the expression.The new album is called “Arvoles”, and this word (“trees”) from the Ladino language, which was used by Jews in Europe in the Middle Ages — its most striking”feature”. Otherwise, all music is like a smooth tree with smooth branches. The title ” Arvoles “is simple and collapsible, like an exercise under a metronome (I remember another work with a wooden name — “Arbos” by Arvo pärta). It starts with a tight bass figure (see the video), then a flute, wind instruments, beautiful unisons — and so on all the time. In short — modal jazz with Jewish motifs.Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Chick Corea, the Spanish Heart Band “Antidote”Finally, another creation of a live classic, which, by the way, brought the aforementioned Avishay Cohen to the people. The bassist played in chick’s trio “Origin”. Now Senor Coria has an ensemble called “The Spanish Heart Band”. The name echoes “My Spanish Heart” – a classic album already released in 1976. On that record, a lot of top musicians played, just like who is who of fusion, Latin and their derivatives.There are fewer people here — about ten, but very different. For example, the vocalist is Ruben blades (and, as usual, chick’s wife is Gail). On the album, Coria reworked his old theme “My Spanish Heart” — the piece became three times longer, with Blades ‘shrill” breaking ” vocals and Gail’s tender voice. And the whole record is a colorful and cheerful mosaic. Never get old 22-time of graminees no soul, no ideas, none at all. Genius, what can I say?