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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Sounds that energize the brain
“Some sounds work just as well as a couple of cups of coffee,” says Alfred Tomatis, an eminent French hearing expert. This means that we can use music as a…

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In the dark alleys: five new jazz albums
April is full of intoxicating spirit of renewal. And this happens every year. And, thank God, for over a hundred years at this time there are new jazz albums. April…

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and why classical

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

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 be measured in days, even though these days are as many as 365. But ritual is ritual. So, what is your personal observer who remembered 2018 in Russian jazz. An analysis of what happened through personal impressions with conclusions.

The highest event of the year. Of course, this is the “Day of Jazz” in St. Petersburg. UNESCO Ambassador Herbie Hancock brought this new holiday to us, to Russia, to the Northern capital. A bunch 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 rather quickly, and often as if directly with God’s providence! Continue reading

Jazz together: six bright duet albums

Jazz is an abundant genre. Lush orchestras, lengthy improvisations, duels of soloists, wriggling rhythm section and the like. But not always the more, the better. When jazzmen consciously limit themselves, sometimes, it turns out a miracle. So sometimes a simple piano duet can sound broadly, like an orchestra. Today we have selected several albums for you, where only two instruments create a whole universe of sound and drive.

Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau “Long Ago And Far Away” Two epochs of jazz. The great double bass player Charlie Hayden and the popular pianist and innovator Brad Meldau collaborated a lot when they met back in 1993. Hayden praised the young jazz star in every way, and Meldau, of course, bowed to the double bass player, especially noting – which is not surprising – his epochal free albums with Ornette Coleman. Continue reading

Baroque ensemble Il Gardellino: “We never record in studios”
Baroque - new rock and roll? You can say so! Let this music be already half a millennium - what difference does it have if it still pumps people at…

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Drummer on the hunt: five albums of leading drummers according to professionals
Most of all music jokes - about drummers and bass players. The rhythm section is an eternal source for exercises in homebrew humor. They themselves - the guys, as a…

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Auditory therapy of A.Tomatis
Approximately 40 years ago, the French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis made some amazing discoveries that triggered the development of the Tomatis method. This method has various names: “auditory learning,” “auditory arousal,”…

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In the dark alleys: five new jazz albums
April is full of intoxicating spirit of renewal. And this happens every year. And, thank God, for over a hundred years at this time there are new jazz albums. April…

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