Wish Tree: Four New Jazz Albums
Anyway, but today jazz is the most creative, modern, free and therefore interesting music from all styles. And this is the only genre in which domestic musicians perform in all senses on a par with colleagues from all, even the most “jazz” countries. It is gratifying to realize that some of the general jazz development is influenced by musicians who come from Russia! But in this environment true cosmopolitanism reigns: those who have brains pumped with all kinds of music from classical to electronics, who are master of their instrument and who are not afraid to experiment, welcome.
Zhenya Strigalev & Federico Dannemann “The Change” Here is a typical example: a quartet with two leaders – saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev and guitarist Frederico Dannemann. Petersburg saxophonist Yevgeny Strigalev went to England by a rather young man and got accustomed there (the drummer Sasha Mashin told us more about this edition). There, at the Royal Academy of Music, he met Argentinian Dannemann. Since then, they have played and recorded with each other, and finally, already 13 years later, they formed a permanent project. Their debut album “The Change” young St. Petersburg label Rainy Days released in early June in electronic form (and only now it appeared on physical media). Music – author, dense, complex, not knowing compromises. Floating rhythms and seemingly endless development. But very lively and tangible. Sometimes you listen to modern jazz music and think: “why?” Here, however, this question does not arise in principle. Behind the buzz – that’s why. Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Out to Dinner “Different Flavors” Another example of an international composition. From ours – double bass player Boris Kozlov, who, however, has been living in New York for a quarter of a century. An interesting composition: two drums, two winds, one double bass and no chord instrument (unless a vibraphone). Made wisely, wisely and with such a pleasant delays. Although the music is complex in form, there are simple, pleasant melodies and hedonistic solos. The soothing ear is a combination of timbres and consonances of such a strange composition. And about the deep groove Kozlov nothing to say. In principle, even for background music, if you turn off your head. Apple Music, Yandex. Music, Deezer
Avishai Cohen “Arvoles” Eclecticism – this is the right word to describe the beginning of Avishia Cohen’s solo career, which in its time was still basked in the glory of its master Chick Corea. In many ways, thanks to this eclecticism – which is worth only instrumental versions of Eminem’s songs – Cohen-bass player “went in” to the people. Well, plus, of course, the skill of a musician (there are very few noticeable double bass players), charisma, and each concert is like a trip to the unknown. But over the years, it seems, Cohen has turned into some kind of correct master. Not that it would be very predictable, but downright philharmonic, sorry for the expression. The new album is called “Arvoles”, and this word (“trees”) from the Ladino language used by Jews in Europe in the Middle Ages is its brightest “trick”. Otherwise, all the music is like such a smooth tree with smooth branches. The capital “Arvoles” is simple and collapsible, like an exercise with a metronome (I remember another work with a wooden name – “Arbos” by Arvo Pärt). It starts with a tight bass piece (see video), then a flute, wind, beautiful unison – and so on all the time. In short, modal jazz with Jewish motifs. Apple Music, Yandex. Music, Deezer
Chick Corea, The Spanish Heart Band “Antidote” Finally, another creation of a living classic, which, by the way, brought to the people of the aforementioned Avishiya Cohen. The bass player played the Origin Trio of Chick. Now, Senora Coria has an ensemble called The Spanish Heart Band. The name has something in common with “My Spanish Heart” – a classic album of 1976 already. A lot of top musicians played on that record, downright who is who fusion, latino and their derivatives. There are fewer people here – ten people, but very different. For example, vocalist Ruben Blades (and, as usual, Chick’s wife Gale). On the album, Coria reworked his old theme “My Spanish Heart” – the piece was three times longer, with Blades’ shrill “breaking” vocal and Gail’s gentle voice. And the whole record – a motley and cheerful mosaic. The 22-fold Gramminos man does not age either with his soul, or with ideas, or at all.