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May
13
2018

Xylouris White

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MOTHER (ABC) 8.5/10 In concert George Xylouris and Jim White conjure up a mighty sound for just a duo, given that the former plays lute or lyra and the latter (of Dirty Three fame) a drum-kit. Here that sheer mass often seems like a wall of water: a vast wave of sound rearing up and […]

May
9
2018

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette

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AFTER THE FALL (ECM) 8.5/10 Before you get too excited, no, pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette have not reunited. This double album is just another glittering gem from deep in the ECM vaults, released just on 20 years after it was recorded live. In fact this was the first concert […]

May
5
2018

The Gloaming

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 LIVE AT THE NCH (Real World/Planet) 9.5/10 A fine mist seems to descend right from the opening moments of The Booley House, so delicate and wistful is Martin Hayes’ fiddle, and immediately you sense that the Gloaming’s third album (recorded live in Dublin’s National Concert Hall) is going to sustain the wonder and peculiar magic […]

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