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Jun
15
2018

BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET

Adan Jones

City Recital Hall, June 2 8.5/10 They begin at such a whisper they almost have you leaning forward in your seat, and then suddenly spin into the thrills and spills of bassist Eric Revis’s Dance of the Evil Toys – aptly named, given its wicked syncopations. The energy level is instantly blistering, but without the […]

May
22
2018

I HOLD THE LION’S PAW

reuben res

Boiler House, May 5 7/10 This was both refreshing and vaguely nostalgic, because in this fast-forward world it has become so rare to encounter art of any sort that takes its time – like Mozart operas, 19th-century novels or ’60s jazz improvisations. Here was music that dared to spend 15 minutes just establishing moods and […]

May
20
2018

JOSEPH TAWADROS

jt res

Blue Mountains Theatre, May 4 7.5/10 You know when you turn the gas down low, so the flame has that singular violet luminescence? Joseph Tawadros’s solo oud features have that quality. Like a cello, the instrument has an innate, dignified melancholy. Meanwhile Tawadros crafts a note’s shape and weight, along with the spaces between them, […]

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