John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

June 16, 2021 / Album Reviews

TIME OUTTAKES (Brubeck Edition) 8/10 If you want to kick-start a debate among jazz-lovers, bring up the Dave Brubeck Quartet. If you want to spice it further, raise Take Five, which became a surprise hit two years after appearing on 1959’s Time Out. Despite – or because of – its…

June 15, 2021 / Theatre Reviews

Belvoir St Theatre, June 2 4.5/10 Although someone who’d never seen nor read The Cherry Orchard would be only marginally more familiar with the work after attending this production, it is true to Anton Chekhov’s intent that the play be a comedy. But intent, alone, does not a comedy make,…

June 12, 2021 / Concert Reviews

Verbrugghen Hall, May 30 7/10 You have to squint pretty hard to see any sort of silver lining for live music amidst the pandemic, but here was one. COVID drove the New York-based Linda May Han Oh (bassist of choice for guitarist Pat Metheny, trumpeter Dave Douglas and guitarist Joe…