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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Let's talk about the chamber genre. Trio, quartet, quintet - that's all. The spring of 2019 brought a lot of beauty in this field: Shostakovich's canonical quintet, Yevgeny Kissin's only…

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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. And his main album is considered “Spectrum”. In our review, this album was named by Igor Javadzade as his favorite, and many would agree with him. This is truly a phenomenal work – in its time, many different unique things came together – for example, there is Tommy Bolin, the guitar player of Deep Purple, who plays as much, so! Well, of course music is some hits. Exemplary jazz rock. But we will celebrate the album more funny, hooligan (including a playful cover and a warped name) and sexy – this is “A Funky Thide of Sings”. This is what is called “zhyr” through the letter s – melodiously, emotionally, hotly … and so on. Everybody is dancing!
Max Roach “Jazz in 3/4 Time” On this album in 1957, as stated in the title – jazz in the amount of 3/4. For that time, a bold experiment – this is after Dave Brubeck (Time Out 1959 album) jazz learned to swing in any size at all, something was worn in the air – everyone wanted “crooked” dimensions. Max Roach, being one of the greatest jazz musicians in general and just the king of a drum set, is so interesting to “shake” that he is simply dizzy from ambiguity: there are really some tricky rhythms, swinging, with “failures”. That seems to be three accounts, but you can’t tell right away. How these simple and vital melodies are waltzed like a waltz (original Roach, Sonny Rollins and standards) – just brilliance, Strauss would envy! Also in the soloists – bop stars Sonny Rollins and Kenny Dorem
Tony Williams “Lifetime: The Collection” of Great Tony Williams, who knocked at Miles Davis himself and many other leading figures, without saying a word advised Sasha Mashin and vibraphonist / drummer Anatoly Tekuchev. Choice Machine – collection “Lifetime: The Collection”, Tekucheva – “Wilderness”. And the one and the other worthy of listening. Start with a collection – it is representative and understandable. So, it opens with the play “Snake Oil” (from the album of 1975 “Believe It”) – some surprisingly modern thing, more rock and funk than fusion! A hollow bass riff with a lotion reminds even the 1980 Queen hit “Another One Bites the Dust” (it is possible that it “reminds” by chance). Well, all the other tracks there are the same timeless, original and positive.
Bill Bruford’s Earthworks “Earthworks” What are the practitioners who are good at advising something extraordinary? Vladimir “Big” Glushko chose an album that seemed not from jazz: the 1999 Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis) project. Bruford, besides being an excellent drummer with his own sound and light swing, the songwriter himself, the composer. His “Earthworks” – a normal acoustic “bop” quartet in terms of composition – is stylistically somewhere between prog-rock and hard-bop – you cannot determine it right away. But the fact that there are bright melodies, hot improvisations and easy drive. In transparent, “breathing” arrangements.
Benny Greb “Grebfruit” Blues-rock-alternative drummer Denis Lipatov drew our attention to the German project Benny Greb “Grabefruit”, about which we have already written here once. An excellent example of “alternative” modern jazz – with groove, broken rhythms and sounds, timbres, and texture that are unexpected in a jazz context.

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