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January 28, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Clarendon Guesthouse, January 27. Just as each flashing turn of a flamenco dancer reveals another facial expression or a fresh splash of coloured skirt, so nearly every appearance by Bandaluzia Flamenco seems to reveal new performers. This time the core troupe was joined by dancer Francesca “La Chica” Grima and…

January 28, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

On Broadway (W&W/Birdland) Each of these five albums shone when it appeared. Now assembled into a set they represent the pinnacle of the last 25 years of US jazz.  For at least a decade before Paul Motian’s death in 2011 the great drummer/composer/band-leader was the beacon for what jazz could…

January 28, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Primal Communication (www.feeling-to-thought.com)  You know how dreams can have transitions where you seem to step through a portal from one world to another? Phil Treloar’s monumental Primal Communication is like that. Composed for strings (Conservatorium of Tasmania String Orchestra) and improvising quartet (Feeling to Thought: Treloar, percussion; Mark Simmonds, tenor;…