Jun
29
2017

Andrew Robson album

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THE CHILD BALLADS (Lamplight) 9/10 It took an American to systematically compile hundreds of English and Scottish ballads from across the centuries. In so doing Francis James Child (1825-1896) performed not only a massively important task in preserving the cultural heritage of the British Isles, he provided composer Andrew Robson with thrilling raw material for […]

Jun
27
2017

Marcus Holden album

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THE BROLGA (Rouseabout Records) Marcus Holden’s musical vision is so complete that it has become a prism through which almost any music that passes is refracted into his own likeness. His version of O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, for instance, melts all the high drama of a Callas-style reading, leaving a lilting […]

Jun
25
2017

Sydney Con International Jazz Festival

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Sydney Conservatorium, Jun 4 8.5/10 Pianist Tigran Hamasyan has such a light touch at it is as if a spirit is playing rather than a corporeal presence; one wary of imposing itself upon silence. Indeed much of this solo concert was so airy that were it a sculpture it wouldn’t even cast a shadow. Only […]

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