Category: Album Reviews – Archive

July 10, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

ALCHEMY (www.lachyhamilton.com) 7/10 John Sangster did it with Tolkien, Jeremy Rose with The Fatal Shore, and Ellen Kirkwood, Barney McAll and the Allan Browne Quintet have done it with multiple sources. So in using Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist as a fertile launch-pad for his first album, saxophonist Lachy Hamilton joins…

July 1, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

OLD NEW BLUES (www.timrollinson.com) 3.5 stars There’s a frightful phenomenon that inhabits elevators and airports called smooth jazz, the perpetrators of which should have turned their hands to hanging wallpaper rather than making music. This is not say classy jazz can’t be made while cruising own a road devoid of…

June 25, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

MUSICAL PROPHET (Resonance/Birdland) 9.5/10 Eric Dolphy was dead at 36. Among jazz’s most innovative improvisers, he died of undiagnosed diabetes; died not knowing his place in history was assured, after suffering such relentless sniping and slurs in New York as drove him to Europe. Some mistook his leaping melodic lines…