May
28
2016

The Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture & Concert

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The Basement, May 10 7.5/10 Were one sufficiently oversupplied with leisure to make lists of Australia’s finest and most influential musicians, the late Jackie Orszaczky would feature prominently. He would be on the shortlist of singers, bassists, arrangers, composers, band-leaders, producers, talent-spotters, mentors and (all to himself) piccolo bassists. Eight years after he died of […]

May
25
2016

James Muller album

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NEUROTICA (Cluster) 7/10 James Muller has a way of making a melody line dance, of making it twitch and contort. However fast the line the guitarist loads the phrasing with nuances of rhythm and also dynamics, so the notes jostle and collide as they come hurtling at you. Sometimes they cease to form a line […]

May
23
2016

Ben Monder album

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AMORPHAE (ECM) 9.5/10 Paul Motian’s death stopped this album in its tracks. Guitarist Ben Monder had planned it to be duets with the master-drummer, to which end a session in late 2010 generated two astounding tracks. Motian died before they could return to the project, but thankfully Monder did not abandon it, instead creating some […]

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