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 […]

Jun
17
2013

Marius Neset CD

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Birds (Edition/Planet) The planet crawls with exciting improvisers, but those who are equally accomplished composers are rare. Several of them record for Dave Stapleton’s UK-based Edition label, including Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, whose title track for this album is one of many highlights. Forty years ago Dave Holland released a masterpiece called Conference Of The […]