Category: Album Reviews

September 18, 2020 / Album Reviews

MORE THAN ANYTHING (Orenda) 8/10 You hear the intensity of the initial impetus: these nine compositions all relate to the love, loss and grief felt by the trombonist and composer Jon Hatamiya across nine years while supporting his mother as cancer sapped away her life. Even the unusual instrumentation plays…

September 8, 2020 / Album Reviews

THE ICE SIREN (Parade Light) 9/10 “Red roses turn to black. It’s strange how fast they die,” sings Miles Griffith as the protagonist in this modern-day variant on Orpheus and Euridice, the sheer audacity of which is as exhilarating as the music is often chilling. For five years the man…

September 1, 2020 / Album Reviews

THE ANDALUSIAN GUITAR (pacolaraflamenco.com) 8/10 The clap of a pair of hands is all it takes for a flamenco guitar to switch from fieriness to supreme elegance. Paco Lara, a distinguished Spanish guitarist who has recently moved to Australia and who plays with impressive articulation, tends to favour the music’s…