Mar
22
2017

Mike Nock Trio/NZTrio album

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VICISSITUDES (Rattle) 8.5/10 This is how it can work. For all the attempts to combine jazz and classical elements in a piece of music, few have even begun to succeed. The most common fault is that the classical dimension is static and subservient to the fluid improvising one. Of course that can be valid and […]

Mar
21
2017

Khayal Trio and Sayak Bhattacharya

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Django Bar, February 26 7.5/10 All improvisation involves letting some air breathe through holes in the music’s fabric and cross-stitching over others. In Hindustani music there are not just holes between beats in the rhythm, but between pitches in the scale or raga. So it’s no wonder the modern strain of Hindustani classical singing is […]

Mar
20
2017

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano

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The Basement, February 19 9/10 There’s music that skims surfaces and music that excavates the very ground on which we walk. In the 11 years since Omar Sosa was last here I’ve heard precious little to rate with this performance. It was so brimming with magic and mystery that it seemed to transcend the bounds […]

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