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September 5, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Riverside Theatre, August 31 Charisma and a warm heart count for much. Given that Marina Prior can add a laudable voice, acting skills and good looks to the list it is little wonder that she sold out this show and has been such a force in Australian musical theatre –…

September 4, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Paul Motian (ECM) It was none other than Keith Jarrett who, around 1970, sold a piano to Paul Motian. Motian, already one of jazz’s key drummers, had a head swimming with melodies, many of them carrying echoes of his Armenian/Turkish heritage. Now he learned notation and began to formalise them.…

September 3, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Camelot Lounge, August 29  Here was the perfect antidote to the election campaign. Where our democracy has descended to banal veneers Eddie Bronson’s music was all substance and no surface. Virtually every note was heartfelt, charged with meaning, amusing or all three. Bronson joins Merv Acheson and Mark Simmonds as…