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 […]

Feb
9
2013

Magnet CD

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Magnet (mag.net.au)  This is the album that Stephen Magnusson has been building towards. The Melburnian has long distinguished himself as among the world’s most fascinating guitarists, and now he pulls together a combination of musicians to make a group sound that is just as distinctive as his own playing.  Like Magnusson’s guitar work, therefore, that […]