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
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
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