Category: Album Reviews – Archive

February 21, 2021 / Album Reviews - Archive

ROOF RIGHTS (www.markhelias.bandcamp.com) 9/10 This was a golden collaboration such as only festivals can foster. US bassist Mark Helias was already bringing his exceptional Open Loose trio (with tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby and drummer Gerald Cleaver) to the 2000 Wangaratta Festival, and suggested adding three local horn players for an…

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…