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,…

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Spring, love, dance: four new jazz albums
For some mysterious reason, Russian jazz albums come out in waves. And it is clear that domestic labels (there are two, four in total?) Have no collusion, just as there…

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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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Nineties without linden: seven great forgotten songs

In the summer of Moscow, the pioneers of Alice in Chains will arrive. The band recorded the first exemplary album of this style “Facelift”, and in 1992, AIC released the swan song of grunge – the album “Dirt”. In that year there were many musical breakthroughs, discoveries and upheavals. Something was forgotten, but it seems that the 90s are with us for a long time.

From the point of view of show business, the main achievement of the nineties, probably, is that they have learned how to make almost any non-commercial music commercial. “Repositioning”, in the language of marketing textbooks. So, it was in the 90s that “it turned out” that heavy music is not “stupid / choking”, but just the opposite: diverse, for all tastes, with quite pop ballagers within the style. And yes, other styles are most easily grafted onto it, from ethnics and hip-hop to electronics and jazz. Continue reading

Musical anhedonia, or not everyone loves music

The sides of both unmanned spacecraft with the same name “Voyager” (eng. Voyager), launched in 1977, are attached identical round aluminum boxes with gold-plated disks, on which images are applied. The purpose of the Voyager mission is to present us to possible aliens and show the diversity of living beings and the culture of planet Earth.

“The spacecraft will turn on the phonogram if it encounters advanced civilizations in interstellar space. The moment of reproduction of this “bottle” in the cosmic ocean will become a very exciting and encouraging message about life on our planet, ”Karl Sagan was sure. Continue reading

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 rule, silent and calm (although very powerful physically). Do not climb anywhere. Satisfied with short solos. But when a bassist or drummer leader – it turns out something out of the ordinary.

How to start getting acquainted with the projects of drummers-leaders? I asked well-known Moscow professional drummers to name their favorite albums, and everyone, by the way, made a reservation: I don’t listen to drums, I listen to music. I also listened to their professional recommendations. It turned out a list of interesting albums – not only with killer rhythms, but also beautiful melodies!
Billy Cobham “A Funky Thide of Sings” Billy Cobham is one of the top drummers leading in jazz history. Continue reading

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Nineties without linden: seven great forgotten songs
In the summer of Moscow, the pioneers of Alice in Chains will arrive. The band recorded the first exemplary album of this style “Facelift”, and in 1992, AIC released the…

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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…

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Nineties without linden: seven great forgotten songs
In the summer of Moscow, the pioneers of Alice in Chains will arrive. The band recorded the first exemplary album of this style “Facelift”, and in 1992, AIC released the…

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Sounds that do not exist
Let's listen to a tape recording of sacred music - Tibetan monks or Gregorian singing. If you listen, you can hear how the voices merge, forming one pulsating tone. This…

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