Summing up: Russian jazz in 2018
It is difficult to divide music into years, all the more so as to sum up some results for a certain period of time. The music is too majestic to…

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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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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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heard from a distinguished female

A selection of online stores with hi-res music

The transition from MP3 to Hi-Res music with a quality higher than CD has not yet become a mainstream phenomenon. Companies like Sony would like this, some rock stars with Neil Young at the head and audiophiles, but for now Spotify wins. Nevertheless, there are quite a few people in the world who use high-end equipment and do not stop looking for new sources of high-quality digital music.

Every day more and more stereo receivers and even mobile phones equipped with powerful DACs appear, but finding music in Hi-Res audio format is still not easy. The problem is that there are not so many digital recordings with high sampling rates and large bit depths (above 24 bit / 48 kHz).
If we talk about streaming services with high sound quality, then, in fact, the only choice is Tidal (review, MQA test). This platform has its own quirks, but it allows streaming music in 24-bit / 96 kHz format. Continue reading

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, 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

Music video: five new recordings of the classics

No, perhaps, nothing is more melancholy than a textbook, played stupidly on notes with only one care – not to fix. As there is nothing more depressing than a modern work, whose goal is to shock a fool-public. But this, fortunately, in the modern classical record industry is not so much. All labels and artists want to come up with something like that at the junction of a new, familiar, smart, entertaining, soothing and driving at the same time. It’s amazing how often you manage to perform this overwhelming task, and – with brilliance! We present an overview of those who particularly impressed us in the middle of this spring. Continue reading

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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Conditional Bach: Four New Academic Music Albums
Little-known composers, significant composers and jazzmen, playing Bach "as it should," according to the notes. Such is the catch of June. It is gratifying when musicians fearlessly change their roles.…

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Yevgeny Khavtan and Robert Lenz, Bravo: “Not Russian rock, but Russian twist!”
The group "Bravo" celebrated its 35th anniversary and releases an album of rare songs. We talk with band vocalist Robert Lentz and permanent leader of the band, guitarist, songwriter and…

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A selection of online stores with hi-res music
The transition from MP3 to Hi-Res music with a quality higher than CD has not yet become a mainstream phenomenon. Companies like Sony would like this, some rock stars with…

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