John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

March 10, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Manu Katché (ECM)  The fusion of jazz and rock has resulted in all sorts of music across the last 45 years, but not much that you might call “autumnal”. Yet that is exactly what Manu Katché achieves on his fourth ECM album, the best since 2005’s Neighbourhood. That debut for…

March 4, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Hundred Dollar Valentine (www.smither.com) It’s a pity more singers don’t listen to Chris Smither; don’t hear the simplicity, the rawness and the truth; don’t absorb the natural desire to engage the listener almost as a friend. Smither doesn’t rely on a big voice or a vast range, and he’d be…

March 3, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Theatre Royal, March 2, 2013 Remember being charmed in the theatre? It seems so long ago it is almost revolutionary to encounter it again. Driving Miss Daisy may fall within the narrow confines of naturalism, which I usually disdain, but  Alfred Uhry’s story of evolving race relations in the southern…