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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"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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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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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 if there are 365 of them. But a ritual is a ritual. So, what did your reviewer personally remember about 2018 in Russian jazz? Analysis of what happened through personal impressions with conclusions.

The most popular event of the year is “jazz Day” in St. Petersburg. UNESCO Ambassador Herbie Hancock brought this new holiday to us, in Russia, in the Northern capital. A lot of real stars, events, events-jazz finally began to look like something cool-status-dynamic. Judging by the stories of insiders, a large-scale event was prepared quite quickly, and often directly as if with God’s Providence! Continue reading

Drummer on the hunt: five albums of drummers-leaders according to professionals

Most of the musicians ‘ jokes are about drummers and bassists. The rhythm section is an eternal source for exercises in homegrown humor. Themselves they-guys, typically, silent and calm (although very powerful physically). They don’t go anywhere. They are content with brief solos. But when the bass player or drummer is the leader, something out of the ordinary happens.

How to start getting acquainted with the projects of drummers-leaders? I asked famous Moscow drummers-professionals to name their favorite albums, and everyone, by the way, made a reservation: I don’t listen to drums, I listen to music. I also listened to their professional recommendations. Continue reading

Alexei Syumak: "Beautifully drawn musical scores and sound beautiful!»
Composers are rapidly getting younger. And use unusual tools, strokes and harmonies. I was personally convinced of this by the review of young talents at the Winter International Art Festival…

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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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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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On the rage of the day: four new jazz albums
Jazzmen-in principle, people are not indifferent to everything in life (and to what will happen after it). Otherwise, they are not jazz musicians. That, however, does not prevent them from…

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