• Triptych 3, Shulgin's Songbook: Exceeding Genre Limitations

    27 Jun 2009, 23:17 by musicdish

    Relative to jazz in general, the genre "smooth jazz" often entails less complexity and more accessibility. However, Alexander Shulgin - the famous Russian composer and former member of the band "The Cruise" - succeeds in creating an album that is both complex, yet accessible, and thus pleases both musicians and non-musicians alike. With an all-star line-up that includes, John Patitucci, Billy Cobham, and Bob Mintzer, Part 3 of Shulgin's songbook "Triptych" has plenty to offer.

    One of the album's strength's is Shulgin's willingness to experiment with different instrumentations, which keeps the album feeling fresh throughout. On the tune "Winter," Gregoire Maret is featured on harmonica, and it creates a totally different color than what the listener is used to up until that point. In addition, sax player Snake Davis often plays the flute instead of sax, and this also contributes to making the album diverse in terms of color and sound.

  • Gary Husband in 'Triptych, Part 2: Alexander Shulgin's Songbook'

    22 May 2009, 16:57 by musicdish

    This is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of part two of Alexander Shulgin's Songbook, Triptych. Producer Richard Niles and multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband discuss what it was like creating part two of Alexander Shulgin's instrumental album.


    "Atmosphere is a key word for me in my musical endeavor, whether it's in the pop, jazz, classical or fusion realms, and here I had a chance to explore exactly that.." - Gary Husband

    Album: Triptych, Shulgin's Songbook - Part 2
    Genre: Instrumental/Smooth Jazz/Lounge
    Composer: Alexander Shulgin
    Performers: Gary Husband (piano), Martin Taylor (guitar)
    Producer: Richard Niles
    Label: Familia Entertainment
  • Alexander Shulgin's "Triptych" Leverages NING Platform

    13 May 2009, 16:27 by musicdish

    In anticipation of the digital release of jazz compilation "Triptych. Shulgin's Songbook" by The Orchard, MusicDish Network announced the launch of Alexander Shulgin pages on several jazz social media sites on the NING platform. The profiles feature tracks from all three of the compilation's albums as well as videos, updates on Shulgin's music and sign-up to his newsletter.

    * Smooth Jazz Space
    * The Jazz Network Worldwide
    * Washington DC Jazz Network
    * Jazz and Bossa
    * The Global Jazz Network

    With inventive use of the Spanish nylon strung acoustic guitar as a main lead instrument, "Triptych. Shulgin's Songbook" conjures up sunsets in Spain and peaceful sunshine bathed fields swaying in the breeze. …
  • A Twist of Smooth Jazz: Alexander Shulgin's My Moscow MP3

    20 Apr 2009, 19:20 by musicdish

    Song: My Moscow (Moya Moskva)
    Composer: Alexander Shulgin
    Performers: Paul Drew, Steve King, Simon Rushby, Jon Howells, Chris "Beebe" Aldridge
    Album: Triptych. Shulgin's Songbook, Part 1

    Download Alexander Shulgin's "My Moscow" MP3
    Listen at http://soundcloud.com/musicdish/my-moscow-moya-moskva

    "I believe that most people in the world like good music, regardless of the genre. If it's good, it's good. However, there are some genres of music out there that are quite polarizing like heavy metal or smooth jazz. Alexander Shulgin song, "My Moscow" would certainly be considered smooth jazz, and right off the bat, that may turn a lot of people off. However, the acoustic guitar playing of Paul Drew adds a sort of flamenco feel that comes from the minor scale pattern used, and also is a result of the nylon strings (which I believe guitar players often under-appreciate). …
  • Alexander Shulgin - Triptych, Part 2; ft. Gary Husband & Martin Taylor

    9 Apr 2009, 16:00 by musicdish

    By Will J.B. Cohn, MusicDish e-Journal

    Considering that people these days have an insatiable desire to be entertained at all times (part of the ADD generation that kids are growing up in), it's hard to believe that a minimalist album will hold a listeners attention for very long. With the absence of bass and drums, the music is extremely exposed, and there is risk of boring the listener to death. However, if performed by the right musicians (in this case Gary Husband and Martin Taylor) and composed by a talented composer like Alexander Shulgin, it can be a unique listening experience.

    Alexander Shulgin's Part 2 of his new album Triptych is a minimalist album, with only a single musician on all tracks, except the last. All the songs are Shulgin's compositions, but Gary Husband (a well-known jazz multi-instrumentalist) is the one performing them on piano. Over the years Gary Husband has played for many of the jazz heavyweights out there, including Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, and Billy Cobham.
  • Review: Triptych. Alexander Shulgin's Songbook Part 1

    18 Mar 2009, 15:57 by musicdish

    By Michele Wilson-Morris, MusicDish e-Journal

    A good massage, aromatherapy, sipping on a glass of chardonnay as you sit by the fireplace reading a book by your favorite author, and Triptych, Shulgin's Songbook Part 1. You might be asking yourself what these have in common. Here's your answer - they can all transform you into an oasis of blissful relaxation.

    As I prepared myself to review the first of the three album compilation 'Triptych, Shulgin's Songbook' by Russian icon Alexander Shulgin, I really wasn't sure what to expect. He's certainly accomplished, having been part of the Soviet-era rock band "The Cruise" that sold 20 million copies of their debut album in 1985. Shulgin went on to work with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, compose music for various films and TV series, and collaborate with artists such as Valeria, Mumiy Troll, Dima Malikov and Gruppa.Fm.

    But when I sat down to take a listen, I had just had a very frustrating day, and to be perfectly honest, was not particularly anxious to critique anything. …
  • Twenty Five Radio Stations Add 'Triptych. Shulgin's Songbook' In February

    11 Mar 2009, 01:03 by musicdish

    As a result of AirPlay Direct's selection of Russian Composer Alexander Shulgin as their Marquee Artist for the month of February, twenty five radio programmers and DJs downloaded tracks from the 3-album compilation "Triptych. Shulgin's Songbook" for airplay in over eight states and eight nations in three different continents. The jazz compilation, being released by Familia Entertainment, was initially made available to broadcasters/webcasters through AirPlay Direct in anticipation of its distribution to major online retailers through The Orchard in March.


    * Rainbow-Stream
    * KKG ECMA-Radio
    * Highland FM (107.1 FM)
    * Nambucca Valley Radio (105.9 FM)
    * CFLX Radio Communautaire de L'Estri (95.5 FM)
    * Apple-FM
    * Radio Sentrum Trondheim (FM100 FM)
    * Wernis Western Welle
    * Radio Web Italia
    * Radio Six International (88.5/9 FM)
    * Radio Gets Wild


    Broadcast (US)
  • MusicDish Network Buzz - March 5, 2009

    5 Mar 2009, 19:36 by musicdish

    We had the opportunity to attend Digital Music Forum East, a brainstorming pow-wow for music industry honchos debating the best way to orchestrate a return to the industry's heyday. We met some new friends like Alexander Ljung, founder of SoundCloud - a site we've been using since mid-last year to share and promote music - very recommended, Joaquim Franz with Musicload, Germany's answer to iTunes, and Songbeat Founder Marco Rydmann who has been entangled in a lawsuit with Warner Music... what I refer to as the copyright lawyer's bailout or CLB. In any case, you can read our perspective on the various panels and discussions at http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=12352

    We also ran into JP Bommel, MIDEM's North American representative, who wanted to assure everyone that attendance did not take the draw-dropping plunge of 30-40% we had divined in our last newsletter, just a dip of 12% on 2008. Well, that's good news for all of us who depend on MIDEM to keep us busy in January. …
  • AirPlay Direct Selects Alexander Shulgin As February's Marquee Artist

    22 Feb 2009, 01:20 by musicdish

    Online music distributor AirPlay Direct announced that leading Russian composer and performer Alexander Shulgin had been selected as its exclusive Marquee Artist for February. Shulgin is only the second artist after Dolly Parton to be selected for such an honor. In addition to being included as a "Featured Artist" and a "Spotlight Artist" throughout February on AirPlay Direct site and newsletter sent to over 3,100 member radio stations, Familia Entertainment is making the complete 3-album compilation "Triptych. Shulgin's Songbook" available for stream and download to member radio programmers. The full compilation will be available through all major online music retailers this March.

    Stream and download Triptych compilation
    * Triptych. Alexander Shulgin's Songbook Part I
    * Triptych. Alexander Shulgin's Songbook Part II
    * Triptych. Alexander Shulgin's Songbook Part III
  • Podcasters Pick Up MusicDish Artists Throughout January

    14 Feb 2009, 04:52 by musicdish

    MusicDish Network started the year with a new push focused on generating airplay for its artists through podcasters. Americana-rock artist Amy Speace led the charge with plays on four different podcast shows last month. Her upcoming album "The Killer In Me" has been described by John Platt, host of WFUV's "The Sunday Breakfast", as "a collection of alt-country gems, a little dark around the edges."

    In addition to "The Indie Music Sampler" podcast, Gospel singer Desmond Pringle's song 'Let There Be Praise' has been picked up by radio stations in Australia , Italy , Canada [EJNM.net].

    "Based on the response and commitments thus far, February will be a big month for our artists in the webcast sector," noted MusicDish Founder Eric de Fontenay. "Podcasting, combined with online street teaming and brand marketing, is key to boosting digital music sales and fan awareness worldwide."