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Friday 30 December 2011
The avant-garde work of the saxophonist Sam Rivers was the most accessible free-form music for the general listener. The more prickly practitioners of the Sixties avant-garde saxophone treated their audiences with aggression, but Sam was almost without ego, a brilliant teacher and among the nicest of men.
Tuesday 20 December 2011
The years have undoubtedly taken their toll and what seemed so fresh and new in 1993 - the pristine abstractions of Richard Hudson's design, the washes of orange and gold light, the assertively jolly Brueghelesque costumes - now looks a little pantomimic.
Friday 16 December 2011
Drums - Ginger Baker
I think we need to go with a vintage drummer such as Ginger Baker, who played in bands like Cream and Blind Faith, because he was a machine. There's no other word for it. I used to play drums, it was the first instrument I learnt, and although I never really got into Cream that much, I used to drum along to what he was doing on record because I thought he was great.
Friday 09 December 2011
When Colin MacIntyre was a young man on Mull, he’d look out at the Atlantic dark and feel he was on the edge of the world.
Thursday 01 December 2011
At the core of the Australian Chamber Orchestra is a string ensemble, soloistic in nature, enquiring in spirit, whose connections one to the other make for a palpable kind of musical telepathy.
Tuesday 30 August 2011
When the fiery chariot finally arrived to transport Elijah aloft and the antiphonal trumpets and drums and assorted ophicleides of Paul McCreesh’s mightily augmented Gabrieli Players Consort and Players were rent asunder by the open-stopped thrust of the Royal Albert Hall organ you suddenly realised why the Victorians became damp with ecstasy at the very mention of the prophet’s name.
Saturday 13 August 2011
With his tenor voice and exciting trombone playing, Bob Flanigan was a key part and long-serving member of the Four Freshmen.
Sunday 19 June 2011
The Swedish/Croatian trumpeter and composer makes his UK debut with two CDs encased in a neat, hardback book of collages and photographs to form a total work of art.
Sunday 12 June 2011
Composers / programmers / producers Erik Honore and Jan Bang, who assisted Arve Henriksen on the superb Cartography, plough a similar furrow for Crime Scenes.
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