Aug
23
2016

Freedman Jazz 2016

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The Studio, August 1 7.5/10 The three finalists for this year’s Freedman Jazz Fellowship shared a keen feel for making silence as profound a musical ingredient as any notes. The compositions of pianists Joseph O’Connor and Luke Sweeting and drummer James McLean all used space to enhance moods and germinate drama. In the event McLean […]

Aug
19
2016

Anat Fort Trio album

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BIRDWATCHING (ECM) 8.5/10 Anat Fort calls the longest piece here Not the Perfect Storm. She could have left off the “not” because, beginning with Roland Schneider’s ominous tom-tom rolls, it is a perfect marriage of visceral drama and a profound, almost ancient-sounding sadness. While Fort’s piano, Schneider’s drums and Gary Wang’s bass create the ebbing […]

Aug
17
2016

Francesda Prihasti album

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EVOLVING (http://francescaprihasti.com.au) 7/10 There’s an optimism at work here that is contagious. Rather than being garishly ebullient, however, it is quietly contemplative. The music is also often delicate to the point of fragility, as befits what is loosely a programmatic depiction of the lifecycle of the caterpillar/butterfly. This is the second album from the Sydney-based […]

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