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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Evgeny Masloboev & Anastasia Masloboeva: Russian Folk Songs in the Key of New Jazz

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The latest entry of the Russian Folk Songs series for UK-based Leo Records find the father and daughter team, Evgeny Masloboeva and Anastasia performing with Moscow's prominent new jazz artists, resulting in this fascinating gem. It's an unclassifiable brew in the literal sense. Russian folk is predominately evident throughout many of the abstractions and jazz-tinged momentums. They explore dark, creaky corridors, free-form improvisation, and infuse melodically satisfying modalities and stark tonal contrasts, as the ensemble alternates roles on various tracks. ...

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Anastasia: Live 1994 - 2001

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Anastasia Live 1994--2001 Lithium Records 2009

Some live albums just document certain concerts in order to fulfill record deal obligations and some capture the essence of a band's magic, something that could be sensed on studio recording but only completely reveals itself at live performances. There are groups that should be heard, but not necessarily seen. Both as a recording and performance entity, Anastasia is a powerful act with musical pieces that resemble an ...

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Evgeny Masloboev / Anastasia Masloboev: Russian Folksongs in the Key of Rhythm

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It's music from the frigid environs of Siberia that is warmly evocative and magnetic. On Russian Folksongs in the Key of Rhythm, Evgeny Masloboev performs on drums, rainstick, small marimba, kitchen utensils, and almost everything short of the kitchen sink. And with the angelic vocals of his daughter Anastasia, who was only fifteen years old at the time of this recording, they transform Russian folk into curiously interesting and utterly enjoyable rhythmic works.

Evgeny Masloboev's credits include music ...

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Anastasia: Before The Rain

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If one record could be singled out as a watershed moment of the '90s and a defining work of contemporary Macedonian music and culture, this would be it. This record really broke new barriers and set new standards. Before The Rain was Milcho Manchevski's debut movie, which won a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994 and was one of the front-runners for that year's Oscar for a foreign film. The movie tells the story of a burned ...