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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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 $…

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"Music is a single language of the world": interview with Mikhail Mamonov, owner of SmartAudio Studio
SmartAudio Recording Lab is a modern, professional recording Studio based in Kirov and consciously focused on working with analog. About this and not only in an interview with the founder…

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Monthly Archives: May 2019

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 no collusion, just as there is no promotion strategy. You look for these same Russians on the CD in the daytime with fire, then suddenly-the shaft.

Here in may, it turned out like this. And it is gratifying to see that our people are trying to do something sharp, fresh, attractive and breaking out of the usual jazz framework. Sometimes it turns out almost pop music made by jazzmen. Continue reading

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 we have a unique opportunity. Meet-indie Duo Ummagma will tell you first-hand how music is created and an album is recorded.

Reference: Ummagma is Alexander Kretov and Shona McLarnon. In the project, Alexander is responsible for the iron, and Shona sings. In addition, McLarnon is responsible for a small but lively Agency, Shameless Promotion, which helps with PR for many musicians, including indie veterans like Christina Hersh or Stephen Laurie. The couple now lives in Peterborough, Canada, and has a child. On June 21, Ummagma will release the next work “Compass”. Continue reading

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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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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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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Love in all its forms: five new albums by young indie rockers
Everyone has long known that rock and roll is dead. However, this guy has an amazing ability to revive to life, like a Phoenix from the ashes. And he does…

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