Jul
19
2017

Leo Genovese album

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ARGENTINOSAURUS (Newvelle) 8.5/10 Few albums contains such diverse music from a piano/bass/ drums trio. But then this diversity is partly a reflection of the players involved. Leo Genovese, the brilliant Argentinean pianist, thinks wildly different sorts of thoughts when composing and playing, from the tightest song formats to the loosest blowing vehicles, and all points […]

Jul
17
2017

Jonathan Crayford album

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EAST WEST MOON (Rattle/Birdland) 9/10 This is the second time that New Zealand pianist Jonathan Crayford has teamed up with the stellar New York rhythm section of bassist Ben Street and drummer Dan Weiss. But Crayford is well clear of the mentality of using Big Apple musicians as a proving ground for one’s own musicianship. […]

Jul
15
2017

1984

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Roslyn Packer Theatre, June 29 7/10 At the risk of sounding like a goon from Pyongyang or Guantanamo Bay, let’s do the torture first. Advance publicity that the torment of Winston Smith was excessively confronting proved something of an alternative fact. More troubling than the implied violence was that the scene has become structurally disproportionate […]

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