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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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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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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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 ago, in a distant galaxy on the island of Lindau, on the Bodensee, a boy named Manfred was born. After a few light-years, he realized that there is a power above silence and it is called sound…As time passed, the boy Manfred became the double bassist Manfred Eicher (Manfred Eicher), who graduated from the Berlin Academy of music. In 1969, in Munich, Manfred created an independent label specializing in contemporary jazz. The words written about it later in the canadian jazz magazine CODA: Continue reading

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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All sorts of art: five new jazz albums with interesting themes
Jazz recording met the spring with a regrouping of forces. Projects come out with unexpected concepts that don't seem to have anything to do with music. New interesting supergroups appear,…

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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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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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