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…

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Jazz together: six bright duet albums
Jazz is an abundant genre. Lush orchestras, lengthy improvisations, dueling soloists, a meandering rhythm section, and so on. But not always the more the better. When jazzmen consciously limit themselves,…

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Nineties without Linden: seven great forgotten songs
The initiators of the Alice in Chains grunge will come to Moscow in the summer. The band recorded the first exemplary album of this style "Facelift", and in 1992 AIC…

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Monthly Archives: January 2019

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. Continue reading

Unknown about Miles and more

“The critics were still not up to me, but my albums were in demand. This was evident, if only because around this time Bob Weinstock, on Prestige, gave me $ 3,000 to record my next records — more than before. I felt that I was moving in the right direction, and on my own terms, without compromising for recognition. And if I have managed to keep my principles up to this point, then I am not going to give them up in the future.” [Miles Davis, 1955]

My friend went to Finland last winter. I read an ad on “Litsekniga” about the sale of  for a private radio station in Turku and went. I brought back a Studer and a box of old tapes. Then he called me and cryptically told me that there was something I needed to hear…
In fact, in the analog era, record labels often cut tapes into tracks when they sent copies to radio stations. Convenient: you put a single on one of the reels on AEG iron, and forward to the air — you do not need to wind kilometers of tapes back and forth. Continue reading

Romance of romance: new recordings of classical music
Let's talk about modern music. What is considered modern at all: everything that is not called "classical", or works by modern composers written according to strict academic standards, or maybe…

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"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" -…

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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…

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Natalia Skvortsova, "Live people": "The most interesting thing in jazz is happening now!»
Known in the circles of connoisseurs of modern author's jazz group "Live people" (or Live People) is releasing the fourth Studio album of author's material. The leader of the group,…

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