Category: Album Reviews

June 18, 2020 / Album Reviews

QUILTY: PAINTING THE SHADOWS (InSync) 8/10 If you have taken up painting during the lockdown, you might want to try working away to this. Quilty: Painting the Shadows is the soundtrack for Catherine Hunter’s documentary about Ben Quility, and, while some film music can seem a nudge anaemic when taken…

June 7, 2020 / Album Reviews

SOMEWHERE ELSE (www.carlorr.com) 7/10 Restraint and tension are two sides of the same coin. Musicians holding something in reserve are a bit like dogs on a leash, and the very sense of anticipation induced helps spark the listener’s imagination. This restraint can also maximise the air around the notes, and…

May 27, 2020 / Album Reviews

HERE NOW HEAR (FMR) 8.5/10 Monash Art Ensemble reaches ever higher and farther afield for imagination-stretching material. Directed by Paul Grabowsky, this combination of students and professionals moves well beyond the jazz big-band mentality on this double album, taking listeners on the genre-crossing journeys of eight composers, deep into the…