Category: Album Reviews – Archive

April 29, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Empathy (Blow) Ted Vining won’t die wondering what may have happened had he really applied himself. I remember gigs that were cruising along rather politely, when suddenly the Melbourne drummer/band-leader detonated massive drum/cymbal explosions that turbocharged the rest of the performance. Now in his 70s he continues to energise his…

April 23, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Sirens (ECM) On his visit here last year US saxophonist Chris Potter astounded some with his level of invention, and was dismissed by others for wanton virtuosity. I was in the former camp, although there are times on this album when I sympathise with the other perspective. Potter is…

April 15, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Rosin (ReR Megacorp)  Most CDs didn’t need to be made. This one did. It is a three-disc retrospective (plus data disc of videos) of the surprise-laden career of Jon Rose, a sort of Marcel Duchamp for the ears. Primarily a violinist, Rose has not just been a pioneer of free…