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
Winter! Jazzmen, triumphant … What are they doing? Yes, like everyone else – freeze and think. And they have interesting collaborations and very beautiful, chamber works. So, once again loud archival research, unexpected duets and bold treatment of the classics.
November »The famous Polish composer, pianist and festival organizer, Krzysztof Kobylinski, collaborates with many American jazz stars: everyone is delighted with his music. This is said by Randy Brecker, and Mike Stern … It is clear that Polish jazz has deep and powerful roots – I’m generally silent about classics — history and so on. It is more important that it is completely European in spirit – coldish, melodious, academically accurate and ethnically spiritual. In this sense, Kobylinski and the Frenchman Eric Truffaz combine perfectly … he is a soloist here, which happens to him infrequently. Continue reading
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