David Rees Williams Trio

  Tony Andrews writes: When you fuse two genres of music, the outcome can be heaven – but equally it can become hell and an awful mess. The French Pianist Jacques Loussier was one of the pioneers of fusion when he introduced his jazz interpretations of Bach back in the 1960’s. You have to be […]

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From the archives: Channa Vithana / “I grew out of Clapton and the Stones as my twenties faded because I can’t stand their bland dinner-party classic status, after one too many of their “

Previously published on September 17, 2012Channa’s (formerly of Hi-Fi World and now of Hi-Fi Choice joins us as guest writer for a short series of contributions. Prologue Music continues to be within the very structure of my life. Consequently, I use it as non-background direct stimulus when I work, or equally as engrossing and positively […]

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David Rees Williams Trio – Classically Reminded

Contributing editor (jazz) Tony Andrews writes ….. When I was first asked to write occasional Music Review by Howard Popeck one of my first attempts was to feature The CD Hidden Colours by the amazing David Rees Williams Trio. Although the Trio had been together since 1988 with David on piano, Neil Francis on electric […]

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Eric Clapton – The Lost Boy: guest writer Channa Vithana expresses a view; more than one in fact!

I’m not a great fan of Eric Clapton’s music anymore. When I was younger, in my early teens, I thought some of his stuff was pretty cool, especially the experimental Cream, with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, and the Derek & The Dominoes Sessions box set, with Duane Allman on guitar. Clapton’s other solo works, […]

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A daily dose of Hughes; Jimmy Hughes aka James Michael Hughes

The Keen Collector (RIP). As a species, the ‘collector’ is, I think, a dying breed. This is not only reflected in the reduced sales of classical LPs and CDs, but also things like Cameras, Books, and other collectibles. My wife notices it with vintage Jewellery. People don’t collect the way they once did. The ‘value’ […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Zero System test review – by Jimmy Hughes

Audio Note’s Zero system is a great advertisement for the benefits of partnering a good low-powered amp with sensitive loudspeakers. It’s a winning combination of cohesiveness and integration; brilliance and detail; dynamics and attack. With each individual component being very well matched, the overall result is superb and, as we’ve already indicated, as separates they […]

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LINDA HOYLE: ‘The Fetch’ double vinyl LP compared to the CD issue

  Howard Popeck talks to Tony Andrews – one of our contributing editors about the audible differences between the CD issue already reviewed on the site and the newly released double LP issue(s) Neil, I and many readers really didn’t know about Linda before you wrote your review and so, thank you. Now what? Anyone […]

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Channa Vithana: Bjork – The triumph of marketing over mediocrity? Taking a a view, and supplying evidence.

Ok, let’s start with Björk… The first time I heard her was when she sang in The Sugarcubes. They were an Icelandic band, very much in the quirky, jittery indie-rock mould of the late 80s, but with a shocking difference in that they had Björk and her distinctive vocals upfront. Her vocals now, post Sugarcubes, […]

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Channa Vithana / Norwegian Good

If you listen carefully at around 3.09 minutes into the fourth track and single, ‘Summer Moved On’, from the 2000 release ‘Minor Earth Major Sky’ by A-ha; singer Morten Harket sustains a brilliant single vocal note, when he sings and emphasises the word ‘ask’, as repeated here, “…and there’s just one thing… left to ask” […]

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From the archives: Channa Vithana / Water Music

If … your cinematic preference is for generic action-adventure blockbusters like ‘Top Gun’ (1986) or ‘Die Hard’ (1988), then ‘The Big Blue’ will probably not be very appealing. Though quite partial to the first ‘Die Hard,’ I also enjoy slower-paced romantic dramas, for instance David Lean’s masterpiece, ‘Brief Encounter’ (1945). ‘The Big Blue’ does indeed […]

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Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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THE CADOGAN HALL: Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts

Tony Andrews writes: With Out To Lunch at Cadogan Hall 2017 thrilling the regulars earlier this year and hopefully lots of newcomers too, it seems appropriate to allow you all to meet Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts. Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time out from your busy schedule to […]

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DENSEN / DYNAUDIO: Morten Nielsen interview

Originally posted here in 2007: Meeting the ’Head Honcho’ of Densen, Thomas Sillesen, and Marketing Manager Morten Nielsen for the first time, I was struck by how modest and pleasant they were. There was no hype, no ’our products are the best in the world, and everything else is ‘crap’’ attitude. Whenever I subsequently met […]

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Channa Vithana / Heroes and Villains

A Villain? Unlike some people today, I do not roll my eyes skywards at the mention of any genuine religion or vent any personal failure at the practitioners and worshipers in our society who demonstrate true faith. On the contrary, I find that the rare-breed of individual, who inspires through example, by giving themselves wholly […]

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Channa Vithana: “It took me 23 years to completely reclaim Abba from the garish, transvestite cabarets and failed, drunken-dancing, karaoke women”

  Music continues to be within the very structure of my life. Consequently, I use it as non-background direct stimulus when I work, or equally as engrossing and positively mind-massaging pharmaceuticals when I am not. Even an atrocity like a Cliff Richard record must never be in the background – like dinner-party fodder. Dinner-party ‘classics’ […]

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Wes Montgomery: ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar’ and ‘A Dynamic New Sound’

    Jazz editor Tony Andrews writes ….. As a true Jazz Fan will know, only too well, there are many outstanding Jazz Guitarists from The US and to pick a favourite is virtually impossible …. if you are attempting the approach based exclusively on musical skill. If you choose to decide on either personal […]

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