[Dixielandjazz] Bruce Elder
Stephen G Barbone
barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Fri Jun 3 13:15:59 PDT 2011
Dear Bill Haesler, Jack Mitchell & Marek Boym:
Here are a couple of Bruce Elder reviews. and a reference to his
critic gig with gthe Sydney Morning Herald. Mates, you need to get out
more. <grin> Marek, never rest your case when you are talking to a
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) also offers high profile, serious arts
coverage. Its arts section occurs nearer the front of the paper than
other papers, like The Australian. The SMH has an 'Arts &
entertainment' section and, in the weekend edition, a 'Spectrum'
section that deals with popular entertainment and lifestyle topics.
Music critics are Peter McCallum (classical), Bernard Zuel (popular),
Bruce Elder (popular), John Shand (jazz), and for many previous years
Roger Covell (classical). After a brief stint in Melbourne's The
Herald, Neville Cardus was the SMH's main music critic through most of
the 1940s. Currently Richard Jinman is the arts editor.
BFUCE ELDER'S review of Pugsley Bjuzzard in Sidney Morning Herald,
" If there is a sure - fire formula for musical success, leading to
lots of regular work and critical acclaim, it has to be New Orleans
style piano playing mixed in with boogie and blues, that is both hot
and cool, sensuous and intimate, raw and loads of fun.
Think only of Fats Domino, Fats Waller, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Tom
Waits and our own home grown performer with the unforgettable name,
His technique is simple: a voice with all the smoothness of a
corrugated dirt road leads to effortless, raw honesty; an
exceptionally good and rich backing band; a bunch of songs that range
from " Aces and Eights" , lazy, piano based blues with a dash of soul,
through " Chained", powerhouse New Orleans- style blues that wouldn`t
be out of place in the repertoire of the late Howlin` Wolf to the
dark, smoky menace of " Black Dog", with some wailing, fat baritone
saxophone from Adam Simmons. The result is an album that is deeply
rooted in African - American musical traditions and still sounds fresh
The most impressive aspect of this very impressive album is that not
for a moment do you feel that Buzzard is an imitator or an imposter.
This is so authentic and persuasive that if you were told he arrived
in the country last week after a residency in some steamy New Orleans
club, you`d believe it. He is that good."Bruce Elder`s review in SMH,
Bruce Mathiske Gig Preview from, theage.com.au
By BRUCE ELDER
Jazz, classical, flamenco and rock. Is there anything the Newcastle
guitar slinger can't play?
Genre Folk/World, Jazz/Blues
It's hard to make a decent living as a guitarist in this
country. We certainly have no lack of talent, with guitar
giants of the order of Gareth Koch, Tommy Emmanuel
and Bruce Mathiske. It is probably no accident that
Mathiske, who hails from Newcastle, has titled his most
recent album Live in Ireland. What's that line about a
prophet without honour in his own land?
Mathiske is an authentic guitar virtuoso who is as
comfortable playing rock and jazz as he is nodding
towards flamenco and classical. Be amazed that he is
not a household name.
As part of the 2008 Sydney Festival, Riverside Theatres will present
three of Sydney’s most sensational jazz singers in three unforgettable
concerts in the Riverside Theatres courtyard – Tina Harrod, Virna
Sanzone and Lily Dior.
Lily Dior is one of Australia’s most captivating singers, possessing a
warm, lyrical vocal that lends itself smoothly to the cool, subtleties
and nuance of jazz. "Deep, full, heart-stopping and sultry" is how
BRUCE ELDER described it in the Sydney Morning Herald. Of her
performance, Jim McLeod wrote: "She can belt out a song, dramatize a
lyric, swing hard and earthy, flirt, sing a tender song - Lily can
tell a story'."
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