Oct
8
2013

Eliane Elias CD

I Thought About You (Concord) Which is the dodgier concept: tribute album, tribute band or tribute concert? All lie somewhere between celebration, nostalgia exercise and cash-grab. Perhaps tribute albums are the most curious, given one can simply enjoy the original artist! Brazilian pianist/singer Eliane Elias subtitles this opus A Tribute To Chet Baker. Tributes involving […]

Oct
4
2013

Diego El Cigala CD

  Romance De La Luna Tucumana (Cigala Music)  This is how you do it. All those players who cherry-pick from musical cultures, like cooks foolishly adding ingredients to save a sorry dish, should hang their heads in shame. And listen. It helps when you have a voice that is how an open would sound could […]

Oct
4
2013

Alister Spence Quartet

The correlation between a musician’s physicality and character and their sound on an instrument is fascinating. Paul Desmond (who composed Take Five), for instance, was a slight, ascetic man who made the alto saxophone sound like it was part of the clarinet family. Raymond McDonald is a burly Scot who makes the same instrument seem […]