Jun
20
2013

Cassandra Wilson

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Concert Hall, June 15 One almost has to recalibrate one’s listening to absorb Cassandra Wilson. She sings without showing off her technique or feeling obliged to impale us to the rear wall. Her accompaniment is often like a breeze passing through a wheat field: a subdued rustle and thrum that lets her remarkable voice stretch […]

Jun
19
2013

Keith Jarrett: The Complete Interview

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In 2011 I interviewed Keith Jarrett at the time of the release of his Rio album. A story resulting from the interview is available on this site ( http://www.johnshand.com.au/keith-jarrett-goes-to-rio/), but several people have asked to read the complete transciption, so here it is… JS: What a remarkable achievement Rio is. I received an advance copy […]

Jun
19
2013

A Life in Song: Cassandra Wilson

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As a child in the 1960s the very fist album that Cassandra Wilson owned was by the Monkees, after she had fallen in love with their TV show. It contained Last Train To Clarksville, which, three decades later, she would transform from frothy pop into something radically reimagined and brooding. It exemplifies a knack she […]