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