Feb
21
2013

Phil Slater’s Sun Songbook

Phil Slater@Karen Steains-2167

Venue 505, February 16, 2013 Balancing reverence and audacity is the trick to reinterpreting or borrowing from another’s music. Too many cross-cultural projects, for instance, lack due reverence, as ancient traditions are mangled with never a backwards glance. In turning Peter Sculthorpe’s compositions into improvising vehicles Phil Slater and his co-musical director, Matt McMahon, have […]

Feb
18
2013

John Surman CD

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Saltash Bells (ECM)  The prospect would usually be distinctly unappealing: a lone horn player multi-tracking saxophones and clarinets, and adding layers of synthesizer. But that would be to fail to account for the John Surman factor.  No one alive makes more appealing sounds on a baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone or bass clarinet than the English […]

Feb
17
2013

Various Artists CD

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The Hanging Of Jean Lee (andreegreenwell.com)  Jean Lee was the last woman subjected to state-sanctioned murder in Australia. This was in 1951 for her part in brutally killing a bookie, having tried to take sole responsibility in order to save her lover. She was so heavily sedated before the execution that she was hanged sitting […]