John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

May 25, 2019 / Album Reviews

ON THE CORNER LIVE! (Ear Up) 8.5/10 The impetus was Sly and the Family Stone’s In Time from the 1973 album Fresh, crowned by Andy Newmark’s drumming. Miles Davis walked into the rehearsal room, played it to his band over and over, and told them that this was how he…

May 24, 2019 / Features

When your father was a musical theatre and folk singer, your uncle was one of jazz’s most famous pianists (John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet), and you grow up in New York during the 1960s folk boom, perhaps the cards have already fallen. Perhaps a career in music was…

May 22, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Ensemble Theatre, May 9 5/10 Playwright Tom Wells said that he set out to write a play “that felt a bit like a folk song”. What he ended up with is more LA pop anthem than East Yorkshire ballad: you know those wretched songs where the verse, chorus and bridge…