May
21
2017

Vale Rob Souter, master-drummer and friend

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Robert Souter, one of the finest drummers Australia has ever produced, is gone. Rob always played the music rather than the drums, and did so with consummate taste and an utterly infectious sense of groove. I first heard and met Rob in 1974 in Canberra. He came through from Sydney (where his collaborators had included […]

May
20
2017

Nadya and Zoran’s 101 Candles Orkestra

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Django Bar, April 8 8/10 Nadya and Zoran’s 101 Candles Orkestra turned the Django Bar into a little crucible of multiculturalism; the Tavern at the End of Euroverse, if you will. Greeks, Anglos and Italians mingled and danced with Serbs and other Balkans, while the band was even more ethnically diverse, and the repertoire ranged […]

May
17
2017

Ben Allison album

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QUIET REVOLUTION (Newvelle) 8/10 Again, the sound! This may be Newvelle Records’ finest example of vinyl audio verité yet. All the instruments – Ben Allison’s double bass, Ted Nash’s alto saxophone or clarinet and Steve Cardenas nylon-string or steel-string acoustic guitar – have extraordinary presence. It is as though the air in the room is […]

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