Jun
2
2013

Jonathan Zwartz CD

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The Remembering & Forgetting Of The Air (birdland.com.au) In a world of stress, friction, worry and the relentless buzz of necessity Jonathan Zwartz creates music akin to the release of a long sigh; music that inclines us to let the sounds wash over us. Not that this follow-up to The Sea, Zwartz’s auspicious debut as […]

Jun
1
2013

Omri Mor Weaves Desert Strands

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Arabic music in a Jewish temple? Depending on your perspective it could be post-modernism run amok or the dawn of a new Age of Aquarius. Perhaps we should qualify “Arabic”, as the music in question layers jazz into the Andalousian classical music of north Africa, and the latter, itself, is a weave of Arabic, Spanish […]

Jun
1
2013

Ernie Watts Quartet

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VJs, May 30 The last time Ernie Watts was in town (with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West) his tenor saxophone was testing the quality of the paint-job on the Concert Hall’s ceiling. This time it was filling the much more intimate VJs, so the reverberation was less, but the underlying power was equally evident. Make no […]