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March 12, 2013 / Features - Archive

A party in the Balkans is unimaginable without two things: brass instruments and alcohol. Goran Bregovic may appear to have much the same needs. Despite the astonishing breadth of music that he composes (for performance and film) a brass band is never far away, and nor, if his unforgettable 2008…

March 12, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Concert Hall, March 8, 2013  I’ve witnessed it before, but not often. The great bluesman Muddy Waters had it, as did the magical jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie. Serbia’s Goran Bregovic had it in 2008, and now it was brimming off the stage again: a heady mix of earthiness, charisma, rampant…

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…