John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 14, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

City of Broken Dreams (ECM) Some people still refer to Euro-jazz with a sneer, the term infected with connotations of music that is insufficiently African-American, and therefore is somehow lightweight or prissy. Of course the argument is absurd: for 50 years jazz has been a language rather than a style,…

July 12, 2013 / Features - Archive

You can tell they don’t take themselves too seriously just from the name: The Pinks. It’s a cute sidestep around the dodgy old argument about whether white boys could play the blues. It is also what seven of Australia’s top rock, jazz, blues and country musicians do when they just…

July 10, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Slide, July 4 Bernadette Robinson’s star turn in the one-woman musical play, Songs For Nobodies (penned by Joanna Murray-Smith) was a hard act to follow. What to do next when you have inhabited the lives and conjured the voices of Judi Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria…