Category: Album Reviews – Archive

March 10, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Manu Katché (ECM)  The fusion of jazz and rock has resulted in all sorts of music across the last 45 years, but not much that you might call “autumnal”. Yet that is exactly what Manu Katché achieves on his fourth ECM album, the best since 2005’s Neighbourhood. That debut for…

March 4, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Hundred Dollar Valentine (www.smither.com) It’s a pity more singers don’t listen to Chris Smither; don’t hear the simplicity, the rawness and the truth; don’t absorb the natural desire to engage the listener almost as a friend. Smither doesn’t rely on a big voice or a vast range, and he’d be…

February 26, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Walking Dark (Edition/Planet) Reviewed April, 2012.  Jazz spawned the drum-kit, and all the music’s subsequent developments have been accompanied by revolutions in playing the instrument. Now conceptual and technical innovations at the kit are actually kindling new directions jazz may take. You can hear it happening locally almost every time…