Sydney Opera House as a Jazz Club

THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: AN ALWAYS UNFOLDING NARRATIVE I made a fortuitous error on Tuesday night, misreading the start time for the Kamasi Washington Concert as 7pm not 9pm and arrived at the Sydney Opera House 2 hours early. It gave me time to think about the Opera House’s next life cycle. A living building … Continue reading Sydney Opera House as a Jazz Club

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Nick Cave and the re-invention of music journalism

That the songs are now of life, with life, not about life, is the tectonic shift that occurred with the Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away. The songs are fragmentary, coherent enough to have a defined form, but open too, as they become more familiar, through replaying, hearing them has the effect of walking … Continue reading Nick Cave and the re-invention of music journalism

An Independent Book as an Independent Record

AN INDEPENDENT RECORD RATHER THAN AN INDEPENDENT BOOK … (photograph is of trombonist Ryan Porter) Today independent releases are standard for music. There’s no sense that individual musicians or bands are releasing their own music because of a failure to be noticed and supported by a commercial record label, or as a warm up to … Continue reading An Independent Book as an Independent Record

A NOTEBOOK THAT’S AN HOMAGE TO NELS CLINE’S LOVERS ALBUM : PART 1

For 25 years Nels Cline dreamed of making the Lovers Album, an orchestrated portrait of the shadings on love’s spectrum from yearning to euphoria to regret. A mix of jazz standards, film music, rock songs and his own compositions. When it was released on Blue Note in 2016 it concluded with “The Bond”, composed for … Continue reading A NOTEBOOK THAT’S AN HOMAGE TO NELS CLINE’S LOVERS ALBUM : PART 1