Dianne Reeves Opera House, Wellington Friday, June 9 Dianne Reeves returned to New Zealand for this year’s Jazz Festival, first time for her wonderful band though – long-serving pianist Peter Martin and guitarist Romero Lubambo joined by the rhythm section of Reginald Veal (bass) and Terreon Gully (drums).
Just as I think about the album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – the breakthrough, the first Sinead O’Connor record I heard – I go back to the album before that, The Lion And The Cobra. And then I think about 1992’s set of torch ballads and jazz standards, Am I Not Your […]
I was re-reading These Lives I Have Buried by Lindsay Rabbitt the other day, an excellent short book, an essay from the Four Winds Press series. And in and around stories of struggle and loss, heartache, pain, grit and soul there was a mention of Billie Holiday. An all but parenthetical mention – but I […]
Born To Be Blue Director: Robert Budreau New Real Films/Lumanity Productions/Black Hangar Studios This impressionistic biopic of Chet Baker largely succeeds where the other recent impressionistic biopic of a legendary jazz trumpeter was just ludicrous, insulting, absurd. So why does Born To Be Blue work? For a start it actually makes sense. Miles Ahead played […]
You can get pretty jaded as a critic – all that music you loved, and allegedly still love – it can just seem like too much, or not enough (never enough). I dunno what I’m trying to say here, simply that I recognised, before anyone else I think, that I’ve sat through so many gigs, […]
Welcome to the fourth episode of Sweetman Podcast. This one is a chat with Lisa Tomlins, a Wellington-based singer. Lisa’s worked with everyone – most recently touring the world with Neil Finn. Her career, which she almost laughs off as a bit of fun with some mates stretches back some 20 years – she’s been […]
For the next episode of Sweetman Podcast I spoke with Lisa Tomlins. Look, she’s worked with everyone in Wellington music – almost anyone you can think of she’s played a gig with them, been on their album, been a selling point of the sound. Most recently she’s toured the world with Neil Finn. I sat […]