Anything But Look finds Rebello recording as a ‘solo’ artist after a hiatus of a dozen years.
Though you'd hardly describe six years touring and recording with singer/bassist Sting and six more with guitarist Jeff Beck as languishing in the wilderness, Anything But Look does represent pianist Jason Rebello's first recording of original material since Next Time Around,(Onion, 1999) and his first as leader since Jazz Rainbow (Jumby Records, 2007) —his wonderful reworking of children's songs/themes.
(Essay/Shellshock) Shantel has changed direction once again. The German DJ became a major star across Europe and Turkey after switching from Techno to Balkan beats, mixing pounding electronic backing to brass-backed Gypsy music from south-east Europe, and became a performer himself with his Bucovina Club Orkestar . But when I saw him at Womad Russia in September he was acting like a conventional pop singer, backed by a band and no samples, and that's (mostly) the technique used here, in an uneven set that includes Balkan influences, funk, reggae and even retro rock.
The Royal Ballet's Hansel and Gretel grips with warped pleasures in the first act, but loses its way in the second, says Mark Monahan.
Coliseum, London On Thursday a great silence settled over London's dance world. For 10 days we'd been in the grip of Hurricane Natalia, and then suddenly she was gone and we were left dazedly trying to reshape our certainties. London has seen Natalia Osipova before, in Don Quixote , Le Corsaire and other hokey spectaculars with the Bolshoi, but her dancing in this two-week season with the Mikhailovsky Ballet of St Petersburg , alongside on- and offstage partner Ivan Vasiliev , was of another order altogether.