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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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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Il Gardellino Baroque ensemble: “We never record in studios»

Baroque-the new rock and roll? You could say that! Let this music is already half a thousand years old — what difference does it make if it still rocks the people at concerts and attracts more and more fans and adherents. Authentic performance — that is, playing old instruments-reaches the Russian province.

In fact, there is nothing surprising in the appeal of the Baroque. It is “sewn up”in us. Rock, prog-rock, folk-rock, art-rock and even pop borrowed from the Baroque melodies and rhythms. In principle, rock and Baroque music largely coincide, so to speak, in intentions and aesthetics: passion, craving for improvisation, live performance, the important role of the text, the sharpness of the utterance, and so on. Continue reading

In dark alleys: five new jazz albums
April is full of the intoxicating spirit of renewal. And it happens every year. And, thank God, for more than a hundred years, new jazz albums have been released at…

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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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1/2 Orchestra: "sound Engineers, treat wind instruments correctly, learn to record them»
At one of the presentations of the Schiit technique, I included a couple of tracks from the long-familiar Moscow brass band 1/2 Orchestra, and the audience was surprised at how…

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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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