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Content by tag "Alister Spence"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alister Spence: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Alister Spence Trio: Live is, apparently, this Australian group's sixth recording. Sadly, the others have passed me by and pianist Alister Spence only recently crossed my CD deck in the company of Scottish saxophonist / improviser Raymond MacDonald. To be honest, much contemporary piano trio jazz--EST, Brad Mehldau, The Necks--bores me. Perhaps unfairly so but to ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains

Read "Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains" reviewed by Duncan Heining

By way of introduction...

Saxophonist Raymond MacDonald is a busy man. He balances the life of a gigging, recording musician with a high-flying academic career and, in both respects, his reputation has grown far beyond his Glasgow home. As a musician, he is perhaps best known for his work with the George Burt/Raymond MacDonald ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alister Spence and Myra Melford: Everything Here Is Possible

Read "Everything Here Is Possible" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This exceptional piano duo featuring American Myra Melford and Sydney-based Australian Alister Spence, known for his local trio and an acclaimed duo with Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald ; (Stepping Behind The Shadows, Rufus, 2012), was recorded during late 2012 while Melford toured Australia with her Trio M. The pianist/composers got to know each other through a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sandy Evans: When the Sky Cries Rainbows

Read "When the Sky Cries Rainbows" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The multifaceted Sandy Evans is often described as one of Australia's finest jazz musicians and composers. True enough, but as When the Sky Cries Rainbows amply demonstrates, this saxophonist surely ranks as one of the best contemporary jazz composers/musicians anywhere. A musical response to her husband, clarinetist Tony Gorman's multiple sclerosis, this sixty-minute, suite-like work conveys ...