All posts by Blair Greenberg

Hope in My Pocket

Berardi, Foran, Karlen (Kristin Berardi, voice, Sean Foran piano, Rafael Karlen, tenor sax)
Jazz
Pinnacles Music PM0155
www.pinnaclesmusic.net
Reviewed by , February 1st, 2016

This project came about after the three musicians had worked together on the De-Classified Music series in Brisbane. After realising that 2015 was the ANZAC centenary, they decided to base their project on letters from original ANZACs. This theme is more conceptual than literal. Singer Kristin Berardi has written all the lyrics, with all three… continue reading »


Oranges and Sunshine. Elly Hoyt

Elly Hoyt, vocals; Scott Griffiths, piano; Darryn Farrugia, drums; Jonathan Zion, bass; William Barton, didgeridoo; Sarah Curro, violin; Anita Quayle, cello
Jazz
Self-release
www.ellyhoyt.com.au
Reviewed by , March 3rd, 2016

A fine second album from a young up and coming jazz singer, who isn’t afraid to broaden her scope and explore different genres with a kick-ass band. It’s great to see a new generation of Australian jazz singers coming through. Elly Hoyt hails from Tasmania but moved to Brisbane in 2006 to study at the… continue reading »


Taking Pictures

Jo Lawry, singer/songwriter, vocals, guitar. One track a duet with Sting
Contemporary, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Fleurieu Music
www.jolawry.com
Reviewed by , December 1st, 2015

Jo Lawry is a singer/songwriter from South Australia currently living in New York. She is best known as a backing singer with Sting and has been touring the world in his band. She was also featured in the documentary about backing singers, 20 Feet from Stardom. When she was touring with Sting a couple of… continue reading »


This Machine

FourPlay String Quartet. Lara Goodridge - violin and vocals, Shenzo Gregorio – viola, Peter Hollo - cello and vocals, and Tim Hollo – viola and vocals
Contemporary, Eclectic
Top Shelf
www.fourplay.com.au
Reviewed by , December 1st, 2015

Fourplay is not your regular string quartet. With two violas instead of two violins, their sound is immediately different, but they also use electronics and vocals to concoct a big sound, at times more reminiscent of a rock band. They formed in 1995 and initially played mostly covers of songs from a wide variety of… continue reading »


About Blair Greenberg

Blair is well known as a musician, composer, producer and teacher. He has studied the music of West Africa, North India and Cuba amongst others, and currently plays in the West African band, Keyim Ba, based in Sydney. He has recorded and produced many CDs for various artists and also tours with Musica Viva in Schools.

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