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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
It would seem that in the classics everything was played a long time ago. And the sound recording recorded all the great performances of all the great works. She is a classic, actually. It would seem, why look for modern interpretations, if not the whole of Richter or Karayan was heard?
In fact, in the classics, too, a lot of things are happening. New trends in the performance of familiar works, the revaluation of values and so on. Modern performers, respectively, are looking for new approaches to a friend, and also dig up something completely forgotten. And in the end, modern recordings sound very good for modern ears, so that you can “drive into the subject” classics from them.
Pascal Moraguès, Frank Braley, Christian Poltéra “Brahms. Clarinet sonatas & Trio ”In pop culture, this is called a supergroup: a team where everyone is a star. Continue reading