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July 18, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Sound Lounge, July 13 With Marc Hannaford soon off to New York indefinitely here was a last chance for Sydneysiders to hear this exceptional Melbourne band in its current guise. Hannaford is among the most versatile, distinctive, imaginative and musically well-read of all Australian jazz pianists. Combining his questing mind…

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,…