Tales for adults: four new albums with unexpected genres
By January, many artists are preparing either albums of new year's songs, or something very special that may not work without the festive hype. So, both the final of the…

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Blues for a better life: five bluesmen for the advanced listener
Dom Martin, a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Belfast, Ireland, talks about the essence of Blues and non — obvious masterpieces. In the summer, Dom Martin, a well — known…

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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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Ten Christmas covers that have overtaken the originals in popularity

They say that everything new is well-forgotten old. We decided to support this expression and have prepared for you a fresh selection of “bearded” Christmas hits in new arrangements, which in all points outshone their originals. Let’s go!

Carol of the Bells [original]One of the most popular Christmas songs is nothing other than the Ukrainian folk song “shchedryk”, adapted by Nikolai Leontovich. The composer worked on it for almost twenty years: the first edition was presented in 1901, and in 1916 it was first performed by the choir of Kiev University. The English-language equivalent of “Shchedrik” – “Carol of the Bells ” – was heard in” South Park”,” the simpsons”,” family Guy”,” the Addams Family”,” die Hard ” … this list can go on indefinitely. Continue reading

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, sometimes a miracle happens. So sometimes a simple piano duet can sound as broad as an orchestra. Today we have selected several albums for you, where just two instruments create a whole universe of sound and drive.

Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau “Long Ago And Far Away” Two eras of jazz. The great double bassist Charlie Hayden and the popular pianist-innovator brad Meldau collaborated a lot, having met back in 1993. Continue reading

Listen to video game soundtracks while you work

As I write this text, I can hear the sound of triumphant pipes mingling with the rhythmic notes of violins. You know, if you read my article, turn on this track and find “Battlefield One”. You’ll focus a little better if it plays in the background, I promise. After all, this is what video game soundtracks are aimed at.

Actually, at this point, this is the best life advice I’ve received — listen to music from video games if you need to concentrate. After all, this is a special genre of music created in order to enhance the sensations and, at the same time, stay somewhere in the background, in the subcortex of the brain. It should engage and engage the player without distracting them. Continue reading

Freaking out in earnest: interview with Carlos Beneto Grau of the Spanish Brass quintet
"Rock band from the wind" or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass wind quintet from Barcelona performed at the international music festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosos first appeared in…

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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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Canned food and clones, or Where is the new classic
They say: they don't argue about tastes. To be honest, I never understood the meaning of this expression. How can you argue about tastes? "My taste is better"? "The taste…

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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.…

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