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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;…

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…