Jan
25
2013

Singing The Truth

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Watch most music clips involving female singers and clothing appears to be an optional extra. With rampant sexuality comprehensively whipping a good voice in the marketing stakes, Sing The Truth comes as a pleasant aberration, the focus being squarely on three exceptional singers.  Angelique Kidjo is the irrepressible powerhouse of Afro-beat. Dianne Reeves is among […]

Jan
23
2013

Abbey Lincoln CD

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The Complete 1959-61 (Chant du Monde/Select) The axiom that behind every great man lurks a great woman was inverted in Abbey Lincoln’s case. She could easily have been just another of the myriad 1950s singers with a pretty voice had she not fallen in with Max Roach. Roach – master-drummer, composer and band-leader – had […]

Jan
22
2013

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Concert Hall, January 2, 2013 It’s hard not to like Rodrigo and Gabriela. The warm-hearted Mexican duo create firestorms of infectious energy on their nylon-string guitars, and since their first visit in 2006 their popularity has surged. From playing a Newtown club they now pack the Concert Hall, their appeal having widened from an under-30 […]