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July 4, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Concert Hall, June 22 8.5/10 Joseph Tawadros gave an equally jokey and insightful musicological lesson when he and his percussionist brother, James, rejoined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra following the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony in G minor (K183). After his oud and James’s req (small tambourine) duetted on a brief…

July 1, 2019 / Album Reviews

OLD NEW BLUES (www.timrollinson.com) 3.5 stars There’s a frightful phenomenon that inhabits elevators and airports called smooth jazz, the perpetrators of which should have turned their hands to hanging wallpaper rather than making music. This is not say classy jazz can’t be made while cruising own a road devoid of…

June 29, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Concert Hall, June 11 8.5/10 Herbie Hancock has restored my faith. For years I’ve despaired that audiences for most concert music idioms have steadily grown older, with players now routinely half the age of their listeners. But Hancock packed the place out with all ages – as he has probably…