Today is the 75th birthday of Herman Lukianov, the Man With A Horn (be that a trumpet, a flugelhorn, or, more lately, a tenor horn,) the most talked-of Russian jazz musician in the 1960s and 1970s, still unbent, original, and creative.
And today we release Jazz.Ru #3-2011, with a picture of Lukianov on the cover (by Pavel Korbut,) and a proud title:
HERMAN LUKIANOV, 75 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
Here's a piece of Herman's music, performed by Herman's recent group, which is - as usual - called KADANS (Russian abbreviation for Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and, coincidentally, an obscure, 19th century Russian word for "cadence"). It's a shame I recorded that using my old camera - if only I had my current Lumix FZ100, the overall quality would be much better.