Alexander Tsfasman (Александр Цфасман) - You returned again (Ты вновь вернулась)

The Golden Age of Soviet Jazz (2/2) : Alexander Tsfasman (Александр Цфасман) on 78 rpm record

The first part of this post focused on Leonid Utesov, who can be considered as the most popular Soviet singer of the 30's. This second part introduces the pianist and composer Alexander Tsfasman (Александр Цфасман). Both of them are the most emblematic artists of The Golden Age of Soviet Jazz, which reached its peak in the mid … Continue reading The Golden Age of Soviet Jazz (2/2) : Alexander Tsfasman (Александр Цфасман) on 78 rpm record

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Leonid Utesov - My dear Muscovites

The golden age of Soviet Jazz (1/2) : Leonid Utesov (Леонид Утёсов) on 78 rpm record

You might remember that I posted a few weeks ago this unexpected Russian version of La Cucaracha and wrote about the funny way I managed to find some 78 rpm records in Armenia. Here are two other interesting recordings from the late 40's... To be honest, I didn't know anything about music of USSR before … Continue reading The golden age of Soviet Jazz (1/2) : Leonid Utesov (Леонид Утёсов) on 78 rpm record

Ivo Robić – Tajna (1952)

Ivo Robić – Tajna, a cover of Nat King Cole, on 78 rpm record

Aktivista, who is the author of the blog Sa Starog Gramofona, asked me this morning (see his comment here) to post the other side of Ivo Robić's record. Here it is ! This one is called "Tajna" and is much more jazzy than yesterday's song Domino. Don't hesitate to post comments if you have additional … Continue reading Ivo Robić – Tajna, a cover of Nat King Cole, on 78 rpm record

Zhou Xuan (周璇) – The flower on my chest (襟上一朵花) on 78 rpm record

I bought this 78 rpm record in 2008 in the antique market of Chengdu, in China. This sweet jazzy stuff was performed in the early 40's by famous Chinese actress and singer Zhou Xuan (more information here), who was one of the most popular artist in the last years of the pre-communist era in China. … Continue reading Zhou Xuan (周璇) – The flower on my chest (襟上一朵花) on 78 rpm record