Category: Album Reviews – Archive

March 19, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Piazzolla! (Jazz Village)  Those who heard France’s Orchestre National de Jazz playing Robert Wyatt’s music during the Sydney Festival will remember the fine detail and exotic sonorities illuminating their best arrangements. Here Daniel Yvinec’s band turns its attention to Astor Piazzolla’s tango nuevo masterpieces. This time Gil Goldstein has penned…

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…