Category: Album Reviews

January 1, 2020 / Album Reviews

CAFE GRAND ABYSS (ReR Megacorp) 9/10 Of all the many wonders of free improvisation, perhaps the most extraordinary is the way the music places itself beyond the confines of time. This happens both in the moment of creation, and, if recorded, on playback. Transient time, as we know it, ceases…

December 23, 2019 / Album Reviews

SUMMIT OVER (Earshift) 7/10 There’s nothing like new sounds to keep the ears young. Yes, you hear a wild spray of reference points in the music made by Sydney trio Holopeak on this debut album, but the totality of what they’re doing is unique. Having met when studying jazz at…

December 22, 2019 / Album Reviews

LOVE AND LIBERATION (Concord/Planet) 8.5/10 A month ago Veronica Swift’s incandescent singing lit up the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, yet her recent album, Confessions, provided no preparation for this in-person agility, power, beauty, commitment and excitement, it being overproduced and her singing relatively constrained. What has this to do…