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July 2, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Intimate (eddyplaysforyou.com) If you feel that the main casualties of modernity have been elegance and charm, allow Edouard Bronson to redress the balance. Once a tyro of free jazz the illustrious saxophonist here offers a second instalment of his take on romantic song: singing and playing accordion amid lush arrangements.…

June 26, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Slide, June 21                                                                                                                                                          New York drag artist Joey Arias was the fourth of a quadrella of contrasting divas in seven days. Cassandra Wilson’s encyclopedia of groove-based understatement (with a sumptuous contralto as the cover) led to Barb Jungr’s masterful one-two routine of emotional king-hits and knockabout humour, and then Kristin…

June 25, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Beginner’s Guide To The Blues (Nascente/Select) Compilations often look like they were assembled by the person who clears the copyrights, and sound like the remastering engineer was drunk. But this three-CD set (subtitled Deep Down & Dirty), while having glaring omissions, was programmed with intelligence, heart and knowledge, and was…