Classics do not die because they play it all the time. And they play it because it is a classic. Iron logic. But in fact, in fact: each generation finds something of its own in well-known works. At the same time, interpretations may differ radically even from one performer. At the beginning of winter, a number of curious recordings appeared of both young musicians and luminaries, who throughout their life had been thinking about a certain piece. Continue reading
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 of the 19th year of the 21st century is the return from legend of legendary figures, a bold experiment in the difficult format of a duet and something almost impossible – a solo album on a non-solitary instrument. And also a lot of interesting author compositions. A hundred years ago, probably, the label “jazz” (or “jass”, as this word was written at that time) would not have been glued to anything from this collection, but so what? Continue reading
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! Continue reading
When old music lovers complain about songs nominated for a Grammy this year, there is a reason.
The time has come for the annual Grammy Award, and, as always, the Sunday ceremony will emphasize the difference of generations: “The music they write now is not the same as it was before,” baby boomers and representatives of generation X grumble. Continue reading
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 is no promotion strategy. Then you try to find out those Russians on a CD with fire in the afternoon, then suddenly – a shaft.
Here in May, something like this happened. And it is gratifying to see that our people are trying to do something sharp, fresh, attractive and break out of the usual jazz frames. Continue reading