Category: Album Reviews

January 12, 2021 / Album Reviews

LIVE IN MUMBAI (Rippa) 8/10 You’ve heard of megaphone diplomacy and even gunboat diplomacy, but what about napalm diplomacy? That would seem to be what was involved when DFAT sent James Ryan and his band to an unsuspecting India in 2009, from which tour this live album has just come…

December 27, 2020 / Album Reviews

THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES PLAYED (www.timstevens.com.au) 7/10 The ease with which a famed Schumann fragment (the first movement of his Kinderszenen) slots in among pianist/composer Tim Stevens’ own nine pieces tells us much. Stevens’ playing has an elegant formality that can sometimes conjure up the ghost of John Lewis (of…

December 12, 2020 / Album Reviews

THE COMPOSERS’ CIRCLE VOL. 1 (www.andreakellerpiano.com) 7.5/10 While the pandemic may have necessitated Andrea Keller keeping to her Melbourne home, the prolific composer/pianist certainly can’t be kept in a stylistic box. During 2020 she’s released four albums, with this live one coming from a residency at Brunswick’s Jazzlab, where she…