John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

May 20, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Wislawa (ECM) Tomasz Stanko divides his time between his native Poland and New York, maintaining bands in both places. Here his American quartet breaks cover in dramatic fashion. While having one of jazz’s most distinctive trumpet sounds and having undertaken many darkly European projects, Stanko has also been able to…

May 18, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

. White Big Top, Moore Park, May 15 The last horse “spectacular” I witnessed was the frightful Man From Snowy River at the Entertainment Centre. Having survived that collision of horses, wagons, riders and over-amplified, vapid dialogue I swore to avoid such events like the plague. Until Cavalia galloped into…

May 15, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Riverside Theatres, May 10 Ali McGregor calls this show Alchemy because she tries her hand at gilding trashy pop tunes with a veneer of jazz. It is not the best use for her considerable talents. Long before her successful operatic career McGregor loved jazz’s great divas and was also seduced by…