John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

October 19, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Concert Hall, October 3 7/10 When Hair first hit Kings Cross in June, 1969, it gave the mainstream a glimpse behind the curtains of a counter-culture already nascent in Sydney. For the hippies, themselves, it was only a minor affirmation, although more immediate and real than Woodstock, half a world…

October 17, 2019 / Album Reviews

COUSIN FROM ANOTHER PLANET (Ropeadope) 7/10 Music, like story-telling, is partly the art of balancing the predictable and the unpredictable. You lead someone down the garden path, only to find a chasm, a mountain, a pot of gold, an axe-murderer or a lover. No one who masters funk is troubled…

October 14, 2019 / Album Reviews

SOUL AWAKENING (www.brandeeyounger.com) 8/10 You have to be equally committed and imaginative to even think about doing it. The harp first appeared in jazz in 1934 and, 85 years on, a complete collection of all jazz harp records will hardly clutter your shelves or hard-drive, it being a challenge to…