Oct
16
2017

Tina Arena

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ICC Sydney Theatre, September 23 4.5/10 Too often child stars self-destruct. Not only has Tina Arena survived, she has maintained a career at a certain pitch of success for four decades, and on her own terms. No mean feat. The voice, of course, is the reason, and it remains a potent instrument, as she hammered […]

Oct
12
2017

Chick Corea album

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THE MUSICIAN (Concerd/Planet) 9.5/10 A couple of years ago I introduced – with some wariness – scores out of 10 with these reviews. The implication of the 9.5 score accompanying this one is not so much that the music consistently approaches perfection as that I can’t imagine that, as a complete package, these three CDs […]

Oct
11
2017

Hollis Taylor album

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ABSOLUTE BIRD (ReR MEGACORP) 9/10 Hollis Taylor is a full-blown obsessive of the best type: a musician, composer, musicologist and ornithologist who is able to revel in the aesthetics of birdsong and analyse its patterns, methodologies and motivations. Absolute Bird arrives concurrently with her enthralling book, Is Birdsong Music? (Indiana Press), the protagonist of both […]

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