Conditional Bach: four new albums of academic music
Little-known composers, significant composers and  play Bach "as it should be", according to the notes. This is the catch of June. It is gratifying when musicians fearlessly change their roles.…

Continue reading →

All sorts of art: five new jazz albums with interesting themes
Jazz recording met the spring with a regrouping of forces. Projects come out with unexpected concepts that don't seem to have anything to do with music. New interesting supergroups appear,…

Continue reading →

Full of boxes: new box sets of classical music
There are two difficult situations in life: when you can not think of what to give, and when you can not think of what to write about a classic release-except…

Continue reading →

Monthly Archives: May 2018

50 years of sound over silence: “modern music Publishing” by ECM Records

50 years ago, in November 1969, the first album of the ECM Records label — “Edition of Contemporary Music” – was recorded in Studio Bauer in Bavaria.

A long time ago, in a distant galaxy on the island of Lindau, on the Bodensee, a boy named Manfred was born. After a few light-years, he realized that there is a power above silence and it is called sound…As time passed, the boy Manfred became the double bassist Manfred Eicher (Manfred Eicher), who graduated from the Berlin Academy of music. In 1969, in Munich, Manfred created an independent label specializing in contemporary jazz. The words written about it later in the canadian jazz magazine CODA: Continue reading

“As if he doesn’t do anything”: about the Billy Ailish phenomenon

Why should serious adult music fans respect an eighteen-year-old American pop star? Sort out.

Not a day goes by without news of Billy Irish. Yes, it is Ailish: “who-what” – declension with a zero ending. Women’s surnames do not incline to the consonant. And Billie, this one, Ailish, is female. Just so that it doesn’t appear in the first comment — “who is this?”. Audience stereo.ru very likes to flaunt ignorance of modern pop stars.
By the way, I’m not a fan of modern hits either. For 20 years I wrote about music, everything in General, except the classics, so as soon as it became possible not to follow the current musical situation, I immediately gave up on this business — and began to listen almost exclusively to classics, jazz and some Suede. Continue reading

A new decade: what will happen to the rock musicians and their fans
Over the past 5 years, the industry has managed to "bury" and "resurrect" rock music and guitar several times. It was different. We were told that rock and roll was…

...

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…

...

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…

...

Faith No More "The Real Thing": a thing for all time
After a long pause, the band Faith No More reunited to record "Sol Invitus", but this year we would like to celebrate the anniversary of the most punchy album of…

...