Jun
18
2017

Donny McCaslin Group

Donny res

The Basement, May 31 7.5/10 Imagine a world in which in which television, rather than clogging itself with “reality” food shows, filled its airwaves with footage of exceptional bands and orchestras rehearsing, so we were privy to the process of the Donny McCaslin Group hatching its music. Now that would be worth watching. McCaslin, the […]

Jun
17
2017

Danielle De Andrea album

dannielle res

THE CALL (https://dannielledeandrea.bandcamp.com/) 6.5/10 There is a lushness in the production here that carries echoes of a bygone era, but without resort to corny pastiche. Dannielle De Andrea (better known to Australian audiences as Dannielle Gaha) is now based in LA, where she has co-written 11 songs that hark back in style to the Great […]

Jun
16
2017

Fujii/Tamura/Barker/Spence

Satoko res

Venue 505, May 19 8.5/10 There was a sense of depth here like you get staring into a Jackson Pollock painting: sound stacked upon sound stretching off to a dim infinity. The fact that just four musicians were layering the sonic canvas with these labyrinths only compounded the mystery. Satoko Fujii (piano) and Natsuki Tamura […]