John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 16, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Blue Beat, July 12 Where George Harrison’s guitar gently wept, Reg Mombassa’s gnashes its teeth. The one he uses for playing slide is bright red: the colour of habanero chillies, war wounds and prostitutes’ lipstick. It howls and shrieks, protests and laments, and yet all the time is slyly celebrating,…

July 14, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

City of Broken Dreams (ECM) Some people still refer to Euro-jazz with a sneer, the term infected with connotations of music that is insufficiently African-American, and therefore is somehow lightweight or prissy. Of course the argument is absurd: for 50 years jazz has been a language rather than a style,…

July 12, 2013 / Features - Archive

You can tell they don’t take themselves too seriously just from the name: The Pinks. It’s a cute sidestep around the dodgy old argument about whether white boys could play the blues. It is also what seven of Australia’s top rock, jazz, blues and country musicians do when they just…