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January 27, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Jeanne d’Arc (Alia Vox/Fuse)  She may be the most improbable figure in history. Joan of Arc was a peasant (albeit a mayor’s daughter) who supped with royalty, a female who had the full panoply of the martial patriarchy at her beck and call, and a teenager to whom learned men…

January 27, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

State Theatre, January 14, 2013  It was hardly an unreasonable expectation that, bundled together, Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright might deliver an even stronger performance than each does individually. Around flashes of that reality wafted a more pervasive sense of unfulfilled potential: of the component parts somehow cancelling…

January 26, 2013 / Features - Archive

  November 19, 2011.  Keith Jarrett had performed hundreds of solo concerts, but not like this. From backstage he could hear the buzz in the auditorium, the voices carrying just enough to catch the mellifluous Portuguese lilt that surrounded him everywhere he went. Even the name of the city, Rio…