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February 17, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Saltash Bells (ECM)  The prospect would usually be distinctly unappealing: a lone horn player multi-tracking saxophones and clarinets, and adding layers of synthesizer. But that would be to fail to account for the John Surman factor.  No one alive makes more appealing sounds on a baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone or…

February 17, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Hanging Of Jean Lee (andreegreenwell.com)  Jean Lee was the last woman subjected to state-sanctioned murder in Australia. This was in 1951 for her part in brutally killing a bookie, having tried to take sole responsibility in order to save her lover. She was so heavily sedated before the execution…

February 9, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Magnet (mag.net.au)  This is the album that Stephen Magnusson has been building towards. The Melburnian has long distinguished himself as among the world’s most fascinating guitarists, and now he pulls together a combination of musicians to make a group sound that is just as distinctive as his own playing.  Like…