By January, many artists are preparing either albums of New Year’s songs, or something completely special, which may not even happen without a festive rush. So, both the finale of the year and the first month of 2019 pleased us with interesting findings. Here you will find veterans of the Russian rock scene with ironic songs, folk rockers with psychedelic tales, The Beatles in avant-garde costumes and Gregory Porter, reincarnated in Nat King Cole.
Yevgeny Margulis, “Here and there!” Let’s start with a big name, but not for the sake of, but for justice. In the final of last year, Evgeny Margulis released another solo album, which is so sweet and homely so blues that it would be unfair to miss it. It is believed that a few years ago, Margulis left “The Time Machine” precisely for the sake of a solo career (did anyone in the group interfere with him going to the side?). Not that he has been with albums since then, but what he is releasing is straightforward “Russian Stevie Wonder,” as one of his young associates put it. Continue reading
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, sometimes, it turns out a miracle. So sometimes a simple piano duet can sound broadly, like an orchestra. Today we have selected several albums for you, where only two instruments create a whole universe of sound and drive.
Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau “Long Ago And Far Away” Two epochs of jazz. The great double bass player Charlie Hayden and the popular pianist and innovator Brad Meldau collaborated a lot when they met back in 1993. Hayden praised the young jazz star in every way, and Meldau, of course, bowed to the double bass player, especially noting – which is not surprising – his epochal free albums with Ornette Coleman. Continue reading