while certain music was not welcomed very much in USSR, places like Caucasus were far away, hard to control, and sometimes even intentionally left more free, to prevent separatism. when armenian jazzmen was going to other parts of the empire they’ve got many negative feedbacks for their not conforming to the ideas of social realism beards and bourgeois music.
some then famous Russian performers had “grown up” in Armenia. For instance at 3.50 you can hear Larisa Dolina, ethnic Jewish from Azerbaidjan, who performed adaptation of folk Armenian song. Overall I cannot watch & hear these all now. Too boring for me. Third song seems too vulgar to me. At 13.23 though music gets better. (: No beards here of course. This was too official orchestra.
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