Dec
13
2017

Seal album

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STANDARDS (Decca) 6.5/10 The list keeps growing: Rod Stewart, Bryan Ferry, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox and Bob Dylan are among the many pop stars to have a shot at singing jazz standards – with varying levels of success or embarrassment. Now it’s Seal’s turn, and the good news is that his […]

Dec
10
2017

Vijay Iyer Sextet album

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FAR FROM OVER (ECM) 8/10 There’s no destination for Vijay Iyer, just the journey, with each album a stop-off distinct from its predecessor. The pianist has recently shared a duo with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, led his regular trio and combined a string quartet with electronics in what was more chamber music than jazz. Also […]

Dec
9
2017

BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

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Belvoir, December 6 7/10 Were Barbara and the Camp Dogs a real band I’d be in the crush to hear them. Not since Hedwig and the Angry Inch has a rock musical been so close to a gig. The songs are strong, too, and would completely dominate this show were they not matched by the […]

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