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…

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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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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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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 Russia, and they simply charmed the Yaroslavl audience.

Mixing styles is traditional for this festival, whose art Director, Yuri Bashmet, is a big fan of jazz, fusion and any interesting crossover. And just wind compositions are usually responsible for the crossover, since they often play both” normal ” classics, and works of modern composers, and jazz.Spanish Brass is also like that. Their program includes everything from Stravinsky’s arrangements to the iconic hard BOP tune “Sidewinder” by Lee Morgan. Continue reading

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…

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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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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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Music video: five new recordings of the classics
There is, perhaps, nothing more depressing than a textbook work played stupidly on the notes with only one concern — not to mess up. As there is nothing more dreary…

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