Category: Album Reviews – Archive

February 13, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

THE ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO AND ASSOCIATED ENSEMBLES (ECM) 9.5/10 It was a life-changing event: the breadth of music, profundity, virtuosity and presentation elevated one to near-ecstasy. This was in 1980, the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s only Sydney concert. As sensational as their albums were, to encounter one of music’s…

February 10, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

CONFRONTATIONS (https://joeoconnor2.bandcamp.com) 7.5/10 If this music contained any more tension it would snap. Each note seems to be stretched dangerously taut, and the instruments do no so much cohere as collide. Melbourne pianist/composer Joe O’Connor invited the incendiary trumpeter Scott Tinkler to join his trio (with bassist Marty Holoubek and…

January 30, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

LA FENICE (ECM) 9/10 “Not another Keith Jarrett solo piano album,” I hear you say. In a sense there’s no such thing as a Jarrett solo piano album, anyway: they are all conversations between the improviser, the piano, the room’s acoustics and the audience’s listening intensity. For many years he…