John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

April 23, 2019 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

The Joan, April 6 6.5/10 I know, I know. The title turns you right off. It sounds like some sugary Valentine’s Day cabaret loaded with the sort of songs that, if you squeeze them enough, exude essence of schmaltz. Worse, it’s the wrong title for the show. Referencing one of…

April 21, 2019 / Features - Archive

When he was 13, back in 1969, Jerry Douglas met his hero, Josh Graves, then the most acclaimed player of the Dobro resonator guitar in bluegrass music. Douglas, who now wears that mantle, himself, not just in bluegrass, but across all idioms, was at a summer camp, and Graves who…

April 20, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

UPLIFT (Greenleaf) 9/10 Few artists are so prolific without compromising quality as trumpeter Dave Douglas, his Greenleaf label a tap for pouring out exceptional records. This one was immediately preceded by four double-albums of his quintet in incendiary form live at the Jazz Standard. The Uplift project could hardly be…