Category: Album Reviews

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…

September 30, 2019 / Album Reviews

EVANS IN ENGLAND (Resonance/Birdland) 8/10 Before the tour on which this previously unreleased double album was recorded at Ronnie Scott’s in London, Bill Evans’ mother caught the pianist’s trio in Washington DC. Coming backstage, she said she couldn’t hear her son because Marty Morrell’s drums were too loud. Following no…