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March 26, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Multi-Piano (Tall Poppies)  The remarkably versatile Roger Dean is a classical double bassist, a computer music trail-blazer a pianist active in jazz, classical, new music, free improvisation and electro-acoustic contexts in Australia and Britain. This double album spotlights his solo piano playing from 1978 to 2012, and from jazz to…

March 19, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Electric (Proper/Planet) Nick Drake has recently been lionised for his silken songs: acclaim that evaded him while he was alive. There were, however, two greater singer-songwriters to emerge from London’s vibrant ’60s folk scene: Richard Thompson and John Martyn, who were both also brilliant guitarists and captivating singers. Martyn, the…

March 19, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Piazzolla! (Jazz Village)  Those who heard France’s Orchestre National de Jazz playing Robert Wyatt’s music during the Sydney Festival will remember the fine detail and exotic sonorities illuminating their best arrangements. Here Daniel Yvinec’s band turns its attention to Astor Piazzolla’s tango nuevo masterpieces. This time Gil Goldstein has penned…