Category: Album Reviews – Archive

May 26, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Given the radically reduced number of CD reviews being run in The Sydney Morning Herald here are a dozen recent releases of Oz music that have missed out on coverage in the paper…  Steve Barry Steve Barry (Jazzgroove) Conceptually the piano is half way to being a percussion instrument, and…

May 20, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Wislawa (ECM) Tomasz Stanko divides his time between his native Poland and New York, maintaining bands in both places. Here his American quartet breaks cover in dramatic fashion. While having one of jazz’s most distinctive trumpet sounds and having undertaken many darkly European projects, Stanko has also been able to…

April 29, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Empathy (Blow) Ted Vining won’t die wondering what may have happened had he really applied himself. I remember gigs that were cruising along rather politely, when suddenly the Melbourne drummer/band-leader detonated massive drum/cymbal explosions that turbocharged the rest of the performance. Now in his 70s he continues to energise his…