Category: Album Reviews

May 27, 2020 / Album Reviews

HERE NOW HEAR (FMR) 8.5/10 Monash Art Ensemble reaches ever higher and farther afield for imagination-stretching material. Directed by Paul Grabowsky, this combination of students and professionals moves well beyond the jazz big-band mentality on this double album, taking listeners on the genre-crossing journeys of eight composers, deep into the…

May 18, 2020 / Album Reviews

AIM (michaeljordandrums.com) 9/10 Michael Jordan has dug his own musical garden, and now the flowers are blooming. His conceptions as both composer and drummer are uniquely intertwined, his pieces exploring the melodic potential of a large kit of Roto-toms tuned to specific notes. But let’s put the rigour underpinning the…

April 28, 2020 / Album Reviews

WHATEVER IT’S WORTH (Pacific Theatre Encore) 8/10 Here’s a one-album encapsulation of the explosive energy that charged Sydney’s music scene in the late 1960s. The musicians’ idiomatic mobility – flowing freely between rock, jazz, blues and R&B – infused their playing, fuelling a dynamism further ramped up by the thousands…