Category: Album Reviews – Archive

February 9, 2021 / Album Reviews - Archive

ORIGINATIONS (Origin) 7/10 This one instantly passes the hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck test – that slightly creepy chill, not unlike the first waft of cool night air following a hot day in the desert. After a Jewish upbringing Chicago-based pianist/composer Ryan Cohan only reconnected with his estranged Arab father and the paternal side…

January 30, 2021 / Album Reviews - Archive

WE WERE THREE (Just Listen) 9.5/10 You remember the wonder when you opened a pop-up picture book as a child? The sheer magic of each double-page spread springing to life? This album is like that, as first one mystery unfolds, then another. Boulmamine has a gauzy weaves of piano, cello…

January 12, 2021 / Album Reviews - Archive

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…