John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

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…

June 9, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

VJs, June 2 While there is little as gauche and offensive as using music to preach to one’s audience via the lyrics, a message implicit in the music itself is a different matter. And blessed be he who manages to espouse a skerrick of hope, peace and reconciliation through the…

June 2, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

505, May 31 A single expletive and a thousand exclamation marks would have been the shorthand way to review this concert. Here was why jazz thrives more in small clubs than concert halls, the wondrous music-making and close, enraptured audience spiralling together toward the extraordinary pinnacle of energy that was…