Category: Album Reviews

January 12, 2021 / Album Reviews

LIVE IN MUMBAI (Rippa) 8/10 You’ve heard of megaphone diplomacy and even gunboat diplomacy, but what about napalm diplomacy? That would seem to be what was involved when DFAT sent James Ryan and his band to an unsuspecting India in 2009, from which tour this live album has just come…

December 27, 2020 / Album Reviews

THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES PLAYED (www.timstevens.com.au) 7/10 The ease with which a famed Schumann fragment (the first movement of his Kinderszenen) slots in among pianist/composer Tim Stevens’ own nine pieces tells us much. Stevens’ playing has an elegant formality that can sometimes conjure up the ghost of John Lewis (of…

October 17, 2019 / Album Reviews

COUSIN FROM ANOTHER PLANET (Ropeadope) 7/10 Music, like story-telling, is partly the art of balancing the predictable and the unpredictable. You lead someone down the garden path, only to find a chasm, a mountain, a pot of gold, an axe-murderer or a lover. No one who masters funk is troubled…