Mar
17
2017

Michelle Nicolle Quartet album

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A FLOWER IS A LOVESOME THING (http://michellenicolle.com/) 8/10 Top sports people, from racing drivers to tennis players, appear to slow down time, so there’s more of it in which to act and react. For improvising musicians this ability is a must. As a result the best ones make the process sound relaxed. Unflustered. Easy. Michelle […]

Mar
14
2017

Cubans at Large – Omar Sosa and Alfredo Rodriguez

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Others talk about making sacrifices for their art. Alfredo Rodriguez laid his happiness on the line for it. With the carrot of having his career guided by the distinguished American producer Quincy Jones, the Cuban pianist crossed the border from Mexico to the US, and asked for political asylum. He did not know when or […]

Mar
12
2017

Jeremy Rose and The Earshift Orchestra

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IRON IN THE BLOOD (ABC) 8/10 This has an enormity about it seldom associated with jazz. How could it be anything less when composer Jeremy Rose has created a musical adaptation of Robert Hughes’s monumental tome of Australia’s colonial genesis, The Fatal Shore? Excerpts of the luxuriant text are read by actors Philip Quast and […]

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