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Feb
25
2013

Alister Spence Trio CD

Far Flung (Rufus)  Some may jump in the ocean and swim, and others may board an aircraft and fly, but fundamentally we are lumbering land-based creatures. That is why art that allows us, even for a moment, to be other than we are is invaluable.  The music of Sydney’s Alister Spence Trio has gradually assumed […]

Feb
23
2013

Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall CD

La Sublime Porte  (Alia Vox/Fuse)  Reviewed March, 2012. Apparently our children think yoghurt grows on trees, so they are probably some distance from knowing that the product originally came from Turkey. The systematic debasement of Muslim culture – of the non-yoghurt variety – from within by extremists and without by propagandists means we know too […]

Feb
22
2013

Australian Art Ensemble CD

Trio ’79 (http://feeling-to-thought.com/) January, 2012.  Count this among the momentous albums of Australian jazz. In 1979 Mark Simmonds (tenor saxophone), Bobby Gebert (piano) and Phil Treloar (drums) formed the Australian Art Ensemble, which only performed twice, but did record. The power that exploded in that three-hour session became legendary, thanks to a widely-circulated, poor-quality bootleg, […]