Category: Album Reviews – Archive

September 14, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Eggun (World Village/Select) The ghost of Kind of Blue, perhaps the most beloved jazz record of all time, rises up out of this music and takes a stately stroll through its unfolding sounds. Quotes appear and disappear, familiar and yet now reinvented, like Hamlet resurfacing in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are…

September 3, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Paul Motian (ECM) It was none other than Keith Jarrett who, around 1970, sold a piano to Paul Motian. Motian, already one of jazz’s key drummers, had a head swimming with melodies, many of them carrying echoes of his Armenian/Turkish heritage. Now he learned notation and began to formalise them.…

August 26, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Medicated Spirits (Orange) Rock has a knack for hanging on to the various styles from across its history. Everything from rockabilly to heavy metal and punk has been sustained by successive generations of players and fans. Among the threads is a subsection of pop-rock that we might call the “charm…