Better than Tatar: four albums of clever jazz and world music
Today we listen to folk rock with electronics, mixed up with Tatar folk motifs, a young Moscow fusion without borders and a solo piano concert that will pleasantly surprise even those who are used to Keith Jarrett.
Petrified Drops “Raft in Placidity” One of the most notable albums of Russian jazz of recent times. They, in principle, are not so many, but this one would stand out, even if we had a real abundance. So, the project of a young pianist named Daniil Drazhnikov, who seems to have gathered all the close musicians and all his favorite styles. “Intro” offers a peppy fusion with a tight electric guitar sound, and already in the next “Take Off” the sound is more transparent, light – a kind of California. And the interlude “Transition” resembles trip-hop of the 90s.
Frankly speaking, the picture is not very solid: a lot of noise, strange experiments and just some songs, excuse me. But in the approach itself – an undoubted plus of youth: all at once, the whole story at one point. It remains to wait for the Big Bang. Drazhnikov will provide it to us, do not hesitate.
Zulya “Alti kөn yaratu. Six days of love. Six Days Loving »A native of Tatarstan and a resident of Australia, Zulya Kamalova, made a sensation about fifteen years ago, presenting to the world her own version of ethno-fusion. He is like this: Tatar motifs, acoustic folk, electronics … and something else. You can bring anything endlessly into this formula, for everything is held together by Zulina’s excellent fantasy and her crystal voice. Zuli’s next album, “Six Days of Love,” is a piercing authorial folk art, permeated with a kind of exalted sadness. Created in collaboration with the Dutchman Michil Hollander, and the idea of the song cycle is inspired by the works of the poetess Yoldyz Minnullina. By the way, the money for the project was collected on crowdfunding in Russia, and collected quite quickly. Zulya is a cult person here, we remember, we love, we follow! So, six days – six songs, “Day One” and so on. (I don’t understand in Tatar, but, apparently, a love story – in any case, this is the mood.) Plus a few more songs. The biggest hit is “Day Three.”
Kenny Werner “Solo in Stuttgart” Kenny Werner recital in Stuttgart in 1992. Here are all the famous topics, but you are unlikely to recognize them. The first is the textbook “Dolphin Dance” by Herbie Hancock, which seems to be difficult to spoil, and there is no need to improve it. But Werner’s approach: “I know better how to play it!” And it captivates. Among the other incorruptibles, here is “In Your Own Sweet Way”, on which Werner also comes off. And all this in the style of “passionate thinker at the piano and his monologue.” In short, piece goods.
Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian “When Will the Blues Leave” Smart jazz that will go to anyone. Actually, the record is not new and for this team is not exclusive. But now it’s especially valuable. The leader of the trio – or rather, super trio – pianist Paul Bleigh died in 2016; drummer Paul Motyan – in 2011. Now their recordings, of course, have historical significance. A daring improviser, an interesting composer and pianist with his own handwriting, Bley was never as popular as Keith Jarrett. Recent years generally kept in the background. But the musician, he is completely exceptional. Dear and just a cult – sorry for such an epithet, but it is appropriate here.