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June 16, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Concert Hall, June 12 Had Cuba never been invented the world’s stock of brilliant improvising pianists would substantially shrink. Following the likes of Omar Sosa and Roberto Fonseca through Sydney came Chucho Valdes, among the most influential of all. Where many older jazz leaders who surround themselves with younger players…

June 14, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Everything old is new again, and, for those unfamiliar with the old, the wheel is eternally reinvented. The art of art is often what artists call borrowing and lawyers call plagiarism. New York’s ERIMAJ packed references to the past like a Kenneth Clark lecture. Its repertoire included This Night, This…

June 12, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

New Orleans Gris Gris (Metro Select/Select) Much of the American music that so comprehensively colonised the world during the last century can be traced back to one city: New Orleans. A unique musical crucible of brass band, ragtime, African, French, Spanish and Caribbean ingredients, it was the birthplace not only…