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 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…

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…