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Feb
16
2019

Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret

THE OTHER SIDE OF AIR (Firehouse) 9/10 This is gripping music. Pianist Myra Melford may have penned all the compositions, but the members of Snowy Egret fly them to places of which she probably never dreamed. The intensity is unrelenting. Even when it’s in the form of lyrical beauty rather than ferocious energy, that beauty […]

Feb
13
2019

The Art Ensemble of Chicago and associated ensembles

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THE ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO AND ASSOCIATED ENSEMBLES (ECM) 9.5/10 It was a life-changing event: the breadth of music, profundity, virtuosity and presentation elevated one to near-ecstasy. This was in 1980, the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s only Sydney concert. As sensational as their albums were, to encounter one of music’s most revolutionary entities live was […]

Feb
10
2019

Joe O’Connor Trio with Scott Tinkler

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CONFRONTATIONS (https://joeoconnor2.bandcamp.com) 7.5/10 If this music contained any more tension it would snap. Each note seems to be stretched dangerously taut, and the instruments do no so much cohere as collide. Melbourne pianist/composer Joe O’Connor invited the incendiary trumpeter Scott Tinkler to join his trio (with bassist Marty Holoubek and drummer James McLean) at the […]

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