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Latest Music Reviews

Ballads of the Pleasant Life. Kurt Weill, Weimar and Exile

Artist/s: Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone). Nexas Quartet: Michael Duke (soprano saxophone), Andrew Smith (alto saxophone), Nathan Henshaw (tenor saxophone), Jay Byrnes (baritone saxophone), Benjamin Burton (piano)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music, Musical Theatre
Label: ABC Classics 576 2204
Reviewed by

Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and the Nexas Quartet bring us a fascinating glimpse into the period of the fall of the Weimar Republic, when music was the language of defiance and protest, as well as of love and beauty in a world on the brink of catastrophe…

The Dinner Sessions

Artist/s: Compilation with large number of musicians, band leaders and singers including Phil Slater (trumpet), Don Burrows, (clarinet), Kristin Berardi (vocalist), Julian Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Grabowsky (piano), Barnaby McCall (piano), Stephen Magnussen (guitar), James Morrison (trumpet), Phil Slater (trumpet), Judy Bailey, (piano), Craig Scott (double bass), Jonathan Zwartz (double bass), Tom Baker (tenor saxophone)...
Category: Jazz
Label: ABC Jazz 570 8195
Reviewed by

If you are due to relax and eat and drink with good friends I suggest you take this disc along. If you are young, however, you may find yourself standing perfectly still.

Living Colours: Pacific Sounds and Spirit – Music by Bruce Crossman

Artist/s: Lotte Latukefu (mezzo-soprano), James Cuddeford (violin), Tristram Willams (trumpet), Michael Kieran Harvey (piano), Claire Edwardes and Peter Neville (percussion)
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Navona Records nv6095
Reviewed by

“Australian composers are frequently known for integration of Asian influences in their music; Bruce Crossman goes a few steps further with his distinctive compositions, mixing lesser-known Asian instruments with contemporary western sounds.”

More Scared of You than You Are of Me

Artist/s: The Smith Street Band. Wil Wagner (vocals, guitars), Lee Hartney (guitars, vocals), Fitzy Fitzgerald (bass, synth, vocals), Chris Cowburn (drums, vocals, percussion)
Category: Contemporary, Folk, Punk
Label: Pool House Records/Remote Control Records Pty Ltd PHR002CD
Reviewed by

The Smith Street Band’s prolific output continues with this, their fourth album in six years.

The Wiggles Duets

Artist/s: The Wiggles: Anthony Field - Lachy Gilespie - Simon Price - Emma Watkins. Guest Vocalists: Guy Sebastian, Kylie Minogue, Slim Dusty, The Irwin family, Marlee Martin, Katie Noonan, David Hobson, Robert Rakete, Paulini, Christine Anu, Lee Hawkins, Tim Chaisson, Jimmy Barnes, Troy Cassar-Daley, Anuna, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ross Wilson.
Category: Children's songs, Contemporary, Pop
Label: ABC Music 5766876
Reviewed by

“The Wiggles Duet album is far better than their previous productions. It will be enjoyed by many children and be bearable to most of their parents.”

Latest Book Reviews

Here and Now: Artistic Research in Music: An Australian Perspective

Author: Edited by Vanessa Tomlinson and Toby Wren
Category: Musicology
Intelligent Arts, Albany (NY), 2016. Available from Amazon, iTunes
ISBN 9780988889699 (e-book)
Reviewed by

“Here and Now provides a snapshot of the impressive research-informed creative and performance work being carried out at the Queensland Conservatorium by staff, research affiliates and graduate students.”