John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

April 3, 2020 / Album Reviews

HOTHOUSE LIVE 2018 (ABC) 7/10 You hear it when Kevin Hunt just plays an electronic piano, let alone the magnificent, enhanced-range (99 keys rather than 88) Stuart & Sons grand piano heard here. It is his ability to make his lines effervesce with all the joy that has gone into…

March 28, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Kings Cross Theatre, March 12 6.5/10 It’s probably unsurprising that we don’t do morality plays any more, given we don’t really do morality – although US playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins would presumably argue that’s just when we need a moral prod the most. Certainly the timing of this Cross Pollinate production…

March 24, 2020 / Album Reviews

PARIS CAFE (Putumayo/Planet) 3.5 A bottle of French bubbles is dirt cheap compared with an airfare to Paris, so buy two, plus the best baguette and camembert you can find, and then play this. Voila! Paris! Despite spanning many decades and variants of Parisian music, this album never breaks its…