Blink and you’ll miss it they say, or in my case, wander around with your eyes closed in complete daze and the whole world will pass you by. That can be the only explanation for not bringing Illuminate to your attention much sooner than this. Konrad Wiszniewski released this very fine CD at the back […]Read more "Return Ticket: It’s Lighting Up Time on Konrad Wiszniewski’s ‘Illuminate’"
I have to admit it; I really have a soft spot for thematic collections of songs and conceptual albums, and I’m fonder still of music that clearly draws inspiration from the natural environment. Whalebone are therefore pushing at an open door with As Turn The Seasons, a collection of instrumentals that cheerfully celebrates the changing […]Read more "Music For All Seasons From Whalebone"
They used to say that rock ‘n’ roll would never die, and you have to admit that it’s put up a pretty good fight over the last sixty years of its existence. It’s had many champions over the decades, but the latest is Raymond Meade, a Scots rocker who pulls no punches on Whydolise? If […]Read more "Rock On: Raymond Meade Lays It Down on WHYDOLISE?"
In July 1953, according to showbiz legend, the Jazz Voice of the 20th Century made the long journey from Palm Springs, USA to Dundee Scotland, only to be greeted by a tide of rampant apathy. The story goes that Ol’ Blues Eyes flopped spectacularly at the city’s cavernous Caird Hall in front of a small […]Read more "Frank Sinatra’s Visit to Dundee and Carnoustie – An Alternative Mythology"
A week is a long time to be lost for words, but it’s taken seven days to recover my wits after yet another outstanding performance from the jazzilicious Fat Suit. The fourteen-piece funk driven, jazz-informed and roots-minded have signally nailed down contemporary thinking on musical eclecticism, but they’ve also advanced in leaps and bounds as […]Read more "Generation Jazz: Fat-Suit and Friends at The Gardyne Theatre 20.3.15"
If songs were paintings then Samantha Whates would be in demand as both a miniaturist and as a landscape artist. Most of her songs are self-portraits, but some place her in as a figure in a landscape or, perhaps more accurately a country of the mind. If this sounds unnecessarily convoluted, then bear with me. […]Read more "The Girl in the Picture – New Songs from Samantha Whates"
It’s another night at Hospitalfield Jazz and another capacity crowd for an evening of the most visceral music ever made. This time it’s drummer Tom Gordon testifying on behalf of Count Basie with a seven-piece band punching big band classics well above it’s modest weight in numbers. As usual, there is a full house, warm […]Read more "A Gentle Punch – The Tom Gordon Count Basie Septet Live at Hospitalfield 31.1.15"