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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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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On the rage of the day: four new jazz albums
Jazzmen-in principle, people are not indifferent to everything in life (and to what will happen after it). Otherwise, they are not jazz musicians. That, however, does not prevent them from…

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Monthly Archives: April 2018

John Schofield: “a Good sound engineer should be a very musical person himself»

John Schofield is coming to Russia soon. And this, perhaps, says it all. Run for tickets. You don’t have to explain anything. But still, I will explain why and why it is worth doing.

John Schofield has long been called a living jazz legend. Suffice it to say that he played and recorded with miles Davis himself, which already provides a place in history. Although Mr. Schofield does not look like a legend or mythical hero at all: a smiling, balding man in colorful shirts. But what he does on stage is magic.He performed in Moscow only twice (the last one was already 9 years ago!), but with such different programs that we realized that this musician can do anything. Continue reading

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 something else.

That’s the truth — the more random, the truer… The review collected almost at random — looking for something congenial in the Pandan to the great John McLaughlin. But there is nothing like this. There is another. Therefore, it turned out such a colorful blanket. Question: is jazz at all or not jazz? In General — jazz. As for the details — read, watch and listen. Continue reading

Musical anhedonia, or Not everyone likes music [translation]
To the sides of both unmanned spacecraft with the same name "Voyager" (eng. Voyager), launched in 1977, are attached identical round aluminum boxes with gold-plated disks on which images are…

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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…

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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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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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