Jan
26
2013

The Rape Of Lucrece

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York Theatre, January 22. This was a risk on behalf of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which took a cabaret performer – albeit one with few peers for charging a room with electricity – and thrust into her hands the 1900 lines of Shakespeare’s narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece. Camille O’Sullivan, her musical accomplice Feargal […]

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 […]