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June 1, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

VJs, May 30 The last time Ernie Watts was in town (with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West) his tenor saxophone was testing the quality of the paint-job on the Concert Hall’s ceiling. This time it was filling the much more intimate VJs, so the reverberation was less, but the underlying power…

May 30, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Concert Hall, May 25 Whatever health concern caused Bobby Womack to cancel the first of his two concerts certainly did not compromise his voice in the second. He did seem frail, however, stumbling as his minders led him on stage. But once the microphone was in his hand Womack was…

May 29, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

My World Is Gone (Telarc/Select) If Deadwood (television’s peerless western) could sing it would sound like this. You can hear blood, dust and whisky all rasping in this music, alongside hearts as big as houses, turbulent lives and the looming proximity of death. Anyone who thought the blues was now…