• Album reviews

    13 Aug 2007, 22:10 by Grosseteste

    Joe Zawinul, the Bee Gees, Erroll Garner, Jaco Pastorius, and Albert Hammond.

    Does it work? Surprisingly, I think that it mostly does. She's well supported by pianist Julian Joseph, Steve Smith on guitar, Matthew Barley on 'cello (also the arranger and producer), and a trio of percussionists. It's not easy to get hold of, for some reason, but well worth a try. I've been waiting some time for a follow up, so far without any luck.

    Sevara Nazarkhan: Yol Bolsin

    There's enough here to make me want to hear the real thing -- but the traditional songs are swamped by layers of soft-pop; not just electric guitars and keyboards, but "loops" and "additional sonic treatment". In so far as "world music" means anything beyond marketing departments' chauvinistic desire to lump together inconveniently diverse genres into one homogeneous lump, it probably means this: the tendency to throw everything in together so that rich cultural traditions become just elements in the mix…