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Mar
22
2017

Mike Nock Trio/NZTrio album

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VICISSITUDES (Rattle) 8.5/10 This is how it can work. For all the attempts to combine jazz and classical elements in a piece of music, few have even begun to succeed. The most common fault is that the classical dimension is static and subservient to the fluid improvising one. Of course that can be valid and […]

Mar
17
2017

Michelle Nicolle Quartet album

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A FLOWER IS A LOVESOME THING (http://michellenicolle.com/) 8/10 Top sports people, from racing drivers to tennis players, appear to slow down time, so there’s more of it in which to act and react. For improvising musicians this ability is a must. As a result the best ones make the process sound relaxed. Unflustered. Easy. Michelle […]

Mar
12
2017

Jeremy Rose and The Earshift Orchestra

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IRON IN THE BLOOD (ABC) 8/10 This has an enormity about it seldom associated with jazz. How could it be anything less when composer Jeremy Rose has created a musical adaptation of Robert Hughes’s monumental tome of Australia’s colonial genesis, The Fatal Shore? Excerpts of the luxuriant text are read by actors Philip Quast and […]

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