Madonna's discography as a mirror of digital record evolution
Madonna's first albums coincided with the distribution of CDs on the market and her further work clearly shows how the priorities in record recording changed. Let us examine them in…

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Remarkably Serious: An Interview with Spanish Brass Quintet Carlos Beneto Grau
A “rock band from brass” or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass brass quintet performed at the International Music Festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosi first appeared in Russia, and…

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Four new albums with unexpected genres
By January, many artists are preparing either albums of New Year's songs, or something completely special, which may not even happen without a festive rush. So, both the finale of…

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Five new albums of atypical jazz compositions

Jazz is like Bulgakov Woland: timeless. Forgive such an association, but the truth is: it seems to develop in time … or in several times. While unknown recordings of jazz classics are discovered (and in unique compositions), middle-generation musicians find their “third way” in author / improvisational music.

Christian McBride’s “Christian McBride’s New Jawn” The productivity of the contrabass player Christian McBride is surprising: the sideman is all cool, and the bandlider … The new project is the New Jawn quartet, in the name of which “jawn” is translated from slang native to the musician of Philadelphia something like “dude” and “point” at the same time. The chip is the lack of a chord instrument. No guitar, no piano. But – Marcus Strickland on a tenor saxophone and Joshua Ivens on the trumpet. Together with the killer rhythm section (drummer – Stit Waits) – they sound wide and whimsical. Continue reading

Stars light up: four new jazz albums

I want to be fashionable. To be in the topic, in the trend and in the topic of what trends – the topic. Therefore, your columnist turned his eyes on famous people – from actors and pop stars to Afro-Cuban jazz legends. Which, oddly enough, has something to say in our jazz theme. Perhaps this is a trend. So let’s stay in it.

Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra “The Capitol Studios Sessions” The movie star sings / plays / produces jazz is a definite trend. Hugh Laurie and even our Oleg Menshikov hunted with such affairs. It turns out, of course, in different ways. But capturing celebrities’ love for the genre with which to become famous, let’s be honest, the chances are vanishingly low. Jeff Goldblum (“The Fly”, “Jurassic Park”, “Independence Day”) is not just jazz fan; he has, as it turned out, a practically parallel career as a musician. In early childhood, he began studying classical piano, then switched to jazz, played here and there – at all sorts of parties. Continue reading

Under the dark skies: nine dark musical genres

To write this article was not an easy task, because it contains a philosophical paradox: a person always subconsciously strove for what he most fears. The darkness of the night surrounding the Cro-Magnon in his pitiful home, around a hostile world inhabited by dangerous creatures. Dark jungle of forests, the depths of the seas and oceans. An even darker and more frightening cosmos where it is extremely difficult to survive. But the most terrifying – where will he go at the end of his path? This place in the mass consciousness has always been inhabited by terrible monsters and terrible pictures of existence there after. Well, it can’t all end like this, right? Should there be anything there? Well, here it is …

Sigmund Freud ultimately reduced all human aspirations to the dualistic principle of the struggle between two basic instincts – sexual attraction and death drive:
If we accept as non-exempt the fact that everything that lives due to internal causes dies, returns to the inorganic, then we can say: the purpose of all life is death, and, conversely, the inanimate was earlier than the living. Continue reading

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Baroque ensemble Il Gardellino: “We never record in studios”
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Remarkably Serious: An Interview with Spanish Brass Quintet Carlos Beneto Grau
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Summing up: Russian jazz in 2018
It is difficult to divide music into years, all the more so as to sum up some results for a certain period of time. The music is too majestic to…

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Remarkably Serious: An Interview with Spanish Brass Quintet Carlos Beneto Grau
A “rock band from brass” or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass brass quintet performed at the International Music Festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosi first appeared in Russia, and…

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