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Some Enchanted Dylan

Five years ago, Bob Dylan surprised the music world when he released a Christmas album. Now he’s done an album of standards. Shadows In The Night will be released on February 6, 2015. Produced by Dylan (under his usual pseudonym, Jack Frost), the album features covers of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, including ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, ‘The Night We Called It A Day’ and ‘That Lucky Old Sun’. Dylan, 73, previewed the album earlier this year with his version of ‘Full Moon and Empty Arms’, a song Sinatra recorded in 1945.     “It was a real privilege to make this album,” Dylan said. “I’ve wanted to do something […]

Bobby Keys Dies Aged 70

Only days after The Rolling Stones’ triumphant tour of Australia, ex-Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys has died. The Stones’ official statement reads: “The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys. “Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. He will be greatly missed.” Keys had been ill for some weeks and died in his home in Tennessee, aged 70. His most prominent contribution to The Rolling Stones was to Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street. Keys also played with Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, George Harrison and John Lennon.

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Andy White Unmasked

Andy White has just done the Australian launch for his new album, How Things Are, with a big gig at Melbourne’s Toff In Town. If you missed it, don’t worry – courtesy of Peter Green, Rhythms has sourced a special, intimate house concert. The gig sees White go all the way back to his first release, 1985’s ‘Religious Persuasion’. He also does five songs from How Things Are, as well as ‘Penelope Tree’, a song that first appeared on ALT’s 1995 album, Altitude, which White did with Tim Finn and Hothouse Flowers’ Liam Ó Maonlaí. Stay tuned for the encore, when the crowd surprises the singer with their Andy White […]

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Ron Does Bruce

Anyone who has seen Canada’s Ron Sexsmith in concert knows that he likes to cover Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Factory’ from Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Sexsmith has now done a version of ‘I Wanna Marry You’, a song from Springsteen’s 1980 classic The River.     # Ron Sexsmith #

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Open Mike

“I’m going through a really creative time.” Mike Brady is buzzing when he catches up with Rhythms. And why wouldn’t he be? He’s just made the finest album of his career – at the age of 66. It’s called Bloodlines, The Australian Irish Story. Rhythms’ Billy Pinnell says it’s “the most fully realised album” of Brady’s career. “His sensitive vocal treatment brings each song to life.” Joe Camilleri has called it “a giant step, a truly lovely record.” Mike Brady’s musical life changed when he went to visit his son, Christian, in Ireland. Mike’s dad was Irish. Mike lived in Ireland when he was a baby, but didn’t return until […]

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Jethro Tull never got much of a leg-up. Generation-wise. In the late-’90s, filmmaker Vincent Gallo re-cast Yes, by placing a couple songs in his breakout indie film, Buffalo 66. It was an inspired move – no-one was playing Yes songs at the time and it put those prog-numbers – brilliantly, incongruously – in a completely new light. The closest Tull got was a Lester Bangs character slag-off in Almost Famous. They also featured in the mid-’90s release of the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. It showcased a young Jethro Tull, with a very young Tony Iommi on guitar. ‘Song to Jeffrey’ was okay, but hardly a transcendent number. The […]

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Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers – Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

Independent soul/blues The Shadowboxers is the outfit put together by pianist Josh Hoyer, coming out of Lincoln, Nebraska, bringing with ‘em a steaming heap of blues-inflected funkin’ soul. Hoyer’s voice is strong and rich, his keys work exemplary, backed to the hilt by a sugary-smooth band replete with horn section, tight rhythm section, all swing and groove. They’ve only been around for a couple of years, but their eponymous debut showcases a band who sound like they’ve been trading licks for decades. Good solid stuff. By Samuel J. Fell # Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers – Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers #

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Magnusson / Oehlers / Vanderwal – Paper Tiger

Assemblers jazz Three of the leading Australian musicians of their generation, guitarist Stephen Magnusson, saxophonist Jamie Oehlers and drummer Ben Vanderwal have worked together in various combinations – most often with Vanderwal playing in various bands led by Oehlers. (Both live in Perth, Magnusson in Melbourne). This is the first time they have played together as a trio. Such a formation, with the bassist notably absent, is unusual; one notable precedent is the long-running Paul Motian Trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano. I’m sure all three are very familiar with that band and its recordings, but I don’t hear any hint of tribute or emulation here. The three players […]

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Gemma Ray – Milk For Your Motors

Bronze Rat Records indie Opening with ‘The Wheel’, this album demands a film be written around it, such is the strength of the atmosphere it conjures up. It’s spooky vocals, gritty voiceovers and retro backing. ‘Shake Baby Shake’ sounds simultaneously retro and futuristic – as Gemma Ray says of her songs, “I always answer my own instincts for how a song should sound.” Ray’s genre tag on Wikipedia advises Torch Singer and ‘Other’. If you listen to ‘When I Kissed You’, you can get the ‘torch’ angle, no problem, and if you lock into ‘Motorbike’, with its fuzzed guitars and doubled voices, it’s assuredly ‘other’. ‘Long Live This Life’ sounds […]

Delta Boys Rough And Easy

Delta Boys – Rough And Easy

Groove Stew blues This album comes as a real surprise. Full of gritty acoustic blues, the Delta Boys are a pair of German bluesmen with impressive credentials and playing qualities to match. The 18 tracks range through Hank Williams’ ‘I Saw The Light’ and John Martyn’s ‘Over The Hill’, to Broonzy’s ever-popular, ‘Glory Of Love’ and Tampa Red’s ‘Let Me Play With Your Poodle’ . Add a dose of Willie Dixon’s ‘You Can’t Judge A Book’, Lou Rawls’ ‘Blues Is A Woman’ and top it off with some Sleepy John Estes and you have a taste of the gumbo here. The whole package recorded without overdubs or added tracking, as […]