We have heard and know: to whom, why and how Russian tribute bands pay their respects
The time is now: endless animation, cloning and copying of rock dinosaurs of all breeds. The thesis, of course, is banal and has been repeated many times, including by me…

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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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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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Leo Richardson

Live season: five new jazz albums

It has always been assumed that summer is the dead season in the record usinessb. All high-profile / significant releases are traditionally planned for the beginning of autumn,and then-for the new year. In short, the first period — when students return from vacation, the second-when people are preparing to celebrate and give everything in a row. Thank God, now no one really saves anything: there is material-it is released. Worthy music will find its audience in any season.

August and the beginning of September pleased us with jazz — generally speaking, any jazz. From old-school “cool” to all sorts of modernist things, from complex crowded Studio projects to minimalist hot “Zhivago”. Even the title to this review is difficult to come up with, so different everything is. But all five releases have something in common, namely, filling old forms with new content. And this is a worthy jazz super-task — in any season. Continue reading

"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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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…

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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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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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