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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 […]

May
8
2017

Ngarukuruwala album

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NGIYA AWUNGARRA – I AM HERE NOW (Rouseabout) 9/10 One of the wonders of art is its immediacy. One stares at a painting from 500 years ago or five years ago with the same eyes; one listens to Bach or Miles Davis with the same ears. This is why the current fad in our theatrical […]

Apr
29
2017

Yeshe album

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WOVEN (World Citizen) 7/10 Yeshe Reiners eschews extravagant musical gestures in favour of compressed melodies, repetitive rhythms and nuanced textures. This five-track EP epitomises his capacity to make so much out of so little. His songs are really hypnotic musical settings for half-spoken poetry laced with a refrain. My Further Shore was written with Harry […]

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