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Oct
17
2013

Ketil Bjornstad CD

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La Notte (ECM) It almost beggars belief that this dark, brooding album was recorded live. Ketil Bjornstad’s ambitious music is realised with such panache and precision – and the project was recorded with such stunning three-dimensional stereo imaging and clarity – as to make it seem studio-honed and rigorously edited. It helps that the Norwegian […]

Oct
8
2013

Eliane Elias CD

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I Thought About You (Concord) Which is the dodgier concept: tribute album, tribute band or tribute concert? All lie somewhere between celebration, nostalgia exercise and cash-grab. Perhaps tribute albums are the most curious, given one can simply enjoy the original artist! Brazilian pianist/singer Eliane Elias subtitles this opus A Tribute To Chet Baker. Tributes involving […]

Oct
4
2013

Diego El Cigala CD

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  Romance De La Luna Tucumana (Cigala Music)  This is how you do it. All those players who cherry-pick from musical cultures, like cooks foolishly adding ingredients to save a sorry dish, should hang their heads in shame. And listen. It helps when you have a voice that is how an open would sound could […]

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