Nov
15
2013

Jade MacRae: Rich Gene Pool

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Pop singers toying with jazz are usually extending wilting careers rather than doing jazz any favours. Jade MacRae is different. Not only is her pop career still thriving, but jazz is in her genes. MacRae is the daughter of pianist Dave MacRae and singer Joy Yates, whose jazz pedigrees span half a century and three […]

Nov
15
2013

Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall

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Balkan Spirit (Alia Vox/Fuse) The latest instalment in Jordi Savall’s Odysseus-like musical journey around the Mediterranean rim is typically glorious, but here his stately ensembles recreating the ancient music of Spain or Turkey give way to lively smaller bands and tearaway improvising. Savall embarked upon this project with a point to make. From the outside […]

Nov
10
2013

Vere

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Drama Theatre, November 9 Scratch away the laughs from almost any comedy worth seeing more than once and you will find a serious core. In our own era Tom Stoppard has been the master of using a sugar-coating of comedy to make palatable a medicine seething with ideas. In Vere (Faith) John Doyle attempts that […]