John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

January 7, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Bella Vista Farm, December 22 7.5/10 All the comedic pieces are in place, from skipping lightness to ribaldry, and there’s enchantment here galore: a keen sense of the play as a game, thanks to using teenaged actors to play teens. In fact Damien Ryan’s Sport for Jove production better serves…

January 6, 2020 / Album Reviews

TRILOGY 2 (Concord/Planet) 9.5/10 Just 10 seconds of music tells you so much about this trio. They come after Chick Corea’s solo piano introduction to How Deep Is the Ocean, whereupon, rather than making a bold entrance, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade merely insinuate themselves. This fluidity defines…

January 5, 2020 / Album Reviews

A FRUITFUL HARVEST (michaelgordon.bandcamp.com) 6/10 What do one of the greatest philosophers of the last 200 years and the most incendiary musician Australia has ever produced have in common? They are both inspirations for Michael Gordon’s debut album as leader. In the liner-notes the Sydney saxophonist/composer provides quotes from Friedrich…