John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 3, 2020 / Features

Flipping through records in a department store, the 16-year-old me is hooked by the cover image: an ebony man in a bright white singlet, his body arching backwards as he plays his trumpet. Miles Davis, it says. A Tribute to Jack Johnson. I ask to hear it – in those…

July 2, 2020 / Concert Reviews

Jazz: NOW Wired June 6 7/10 Perhaps live music video streams are here to stay – especially when the sound is this good. Of course they’ll never replace the electricity of musicians and listeners crammed into the same room, but now that we’ve adjusted to them in the COVID-19 age,…

June 28, 2020 / Album Reviews

THE EARLY BIRD GETS (Aerophonic/Birdland) 9/10 It’s like a blade – not so much a scalpel and as scythe, hewing its way straight into your central nervous system. I first heard it soon after a general anaesthetic, and I swear hospitals could use Dave Rempis’s alto sound to clear their…