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Elsewhere is a concept and a place, and for many years Graham Reid has been going there for his wide angle travels, writing, music review columns and interviews with writers, musicians and artists.

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Miles Davis: Merci Miles! Live at Vienne (digital outlets)

Miles Davis: Merci Miles! Live at Vienne (digital outlets)

2 Aug 2021  |  1 min read

The mercurial directions in trumpeter Miles Davis' career frequently confounded jazz writers. In the mid Seventies one announced Davis' output after the mid-Sixties as of little interest, thereby dismissing Davis' innovative In a Silent Way (1969) and the game-changing Bitches Brew (70). Another wrote of In A Silent Way, “It was like finding... > Read more

WELLINGTON'S KIWIJAHZZ LABEL (2021): Notes from the underground

WELLINGTON'S KIWIJAHZZ LABEL (2021): Notes from the underground

2 Aug 2021  |  2 min read

Those with a decent memory will recall the iiii label out of Wellington which was enormously prolific and – like the Braille label back in the Eighties from the same city – revolved around a core of practitioners of improvised music. One of those iiii players was saxophonist Jeff Henderson who has appeared at Elsewhere many times in different guises (player,... > Read more

Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith: Sanctuary (Paint Box/digital outlets)

Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith: Sanctuary (Paint Box/digital outlets)

2 Aug 2021  |  1 min read

The title of this album lead by saxophonists Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith became prescient when the world dived into various lockdowns. The two three-part suites here -- Baxendale's Whitman-inspired Leaves of Grass and Lovell-Smith's title piece reflecting on her return to New Zealand after years abroad – were all conceived before those events but were... > Read more

Leaves of Grass Suite: Opening
Merle Haggard: If I Could Only Fly (2000)

Merle Haggard: If I Could Only Fly (2000)

2 Aug 2021  |  2 min read

Not too long after the time of this writing in mid 2012, 73-year old Merle Haggard died and against every preconception we might have had about his tough, booze-afflicted life and hard travelling -- he was lucky to survive that long. When he appeared at the White House in 2010 four years before his passing to pick yet another well-deserved honour he scrubbed up pretty... > Read more

Crazy Moon
Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever (Interscope/digital outlets)

Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever (Interscope/digital outlets)

1 Aug 2021  |  1 min read

Anyone who thinks contemporary pop is just working familiar tropes – and let's be honest, much of it is – should turn their attention to recent releases by the likes of Squirrel Flower, Merk, Jane Weaver, Virginia Wing, and Billie Eilish whose 2019 debut When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was an astute, subtle and largely understated and downbeat outing... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . John McLaughlin

Elsewhere Art . . . John McLaughlin

1 Aug 2021  |  <1 min read

Frankly this was a bit of a throwaway but anyone who knows of the career of John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra etc) would get the joke. This was used to illusrate an article about a live album which acted like a career synopsis and allowed me to offer that overview of his work. The article is here. There is more on the remarkable John McLaughlin at Elsewhere,... > Read more

Diamond Field: Diamond Field (Sofa King/digital outlets)

Diamond Field: Diamond Field (Sofa King/digital outlets)

1 Aug 2021  |  1 min read

Hey Andrew, the Eighties just called and said, “Job well done”. This shamelessly enjoyable album helmed by expat Kiwi, longtime NYC-based Andrew B White (musician, producer, album cover designer) pretends to be nothing more than the pleasure principle as filtered through Pat Benatar/Flashdance (as presented by fellow expat Miriam Clancy), Howard Jones-styled... > Read more

I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN (2021): The song for all people and places

I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN (2021): The song for all people and places

30 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

It's a well-known fact -- as concertgoers will acknowledge -- that If you have a lyric which mentions a place the audience there will applaud like chimps on speed when you sing it . . . or (better?) you can change the place name to wherever you are and the audience will applaud like gorillas on P! Less cynically and more usefully . . . place names are easy rhymes.... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Graeme James, Yvois, Hannah Jadagu, Ali Barter

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Graeme James, Yvois, Hannah Jadagu, Ali Barter

29 Jul 2021  |  5 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up albums by New Zealand artists, and IN BRIEF does for international artists.  You can read her... > Read more

Kikagaku Moyo and Ryley Walker: Deep Fried Grandeur (Husky Pants/digital outlets)

Kikagaku Moyo and Ryley Walker: Deep Fried Grandeur (Husky Pants/digital outlets)

29 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

Although the name of the Japanese psych-rock band upfront here may not be familiar (we were underwhelmed by their Masana Temples album), many will know of American singer-guitarist Ryley Walker whose reference points are in the experimental Anglo-folk of Bert Jansch, Tim Buckley and John Martyn (and of course Nick Drake) as well as Astral Weeks-era Van Morrison (alluded to... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Louis Baker, Womb, Phodiso, Lucy Gooch

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Louis Baker, Womb, Phodiso, Lucy Gooch

29 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up albums by New Zealand artists, and IN BRIEF does for international artists.  You can read her... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . New Zealand jazz

Elsewhere Art . . . New Zealand jazz

29 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

There was a time when it seemed every jazz album by a New Zealand singer was just more of the same old standards . . . and as I often said to some of them, if you do something by Sinatra you're inviting a comparison you just can't win. But still they came. I can't remember exactly what prompted this collage but I think it accompanied a few local jazz albums . . .... > Read more

Salmonella Dub: Soul Love Trippa (Salmonella Dub/vinyl release)

Salmonella Dub: Soul Love Trippa (Salmonella Dub/vinyl release)

26 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

The mighty Salmonella Dub out of Christchurch who, alongside Pitch Black, paved the way for dance-electronica and magnificently produced soul-infused dub-dance were trailblazers. Without them the path for the likes of Fat Freddy's Drop, Black Seeds, Shapeshifter and many others might have been more difficult. After a dozen or so albums, many EPs and scores of remixes... > Read more

Helen Reddy: Angie Baby (1974)

Helen Reddy: Angie Baby (1974)

26 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

The damn fine Australian singer Helen Reddy could be convincingly MOR (I Don't Know How to Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar), kinda country (Delta Dawn) and standing proud (I Am Woman). But this song was just downright weird. It's one part odd fantasy and one part escapism then it gets very strange when the neighbour boy comes around and . . . Well, as the... > Read more

THE ROLLING STONES: BETWEEN THE BUTTONS, CONSIDERED (1967): A laugh turned to farce?

THE ROLLING STONES: BETWEEN THE BUTTONS, CONSIDERED (1967): A laugh turned to farce?

26 Jul 2021  |  4 min read

The shorthand for the Rolling Stones' recording career before Exile on Main Street is usually reduced – even by Stones' fans – to something like this: some blues and r'n'b covers albums with a few originals thrown in, Aftermath in '66 where they wrote everything themselves and so is a classic (it's not, it's flawed like most Stones' albums), the substandard foray... > Read more

My Obsession
Mahi's West Coast Venison Hot Pot

Mahi's West Coast Venison Hot Pot

26 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

This recipe was provided by Jayson Hussey, aka Mahi which means "work" because he was always working. He was the chef at the luxurious Franz Joseph Glacier Country Retreat near the Franz Joseph Glacier in New Zealand's South Island when I first met him, and that was about 15 years ago. He'd worked a number of places picking up ideas as he went and has doubtless... > Read more

GUEST WRITER BILL DIREEN writes about a project to save books from being disposed of by the National Library of New Zealand

GUEST WRITER BILL DIREEN writes about a project to save books from being disposed of by the National Library of New Zealand

25 Jul 2021  |  2 min read

Mass book disposals are being carried out by the National Library of New Zealand/Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa (the wellsprings of knowledge).  If allowed to continue, a fine research library will be gutted. This will deprive New Zealanders of a research portal to their roots. Scholars will have no access to published studies about the rest of the world.... > Read more

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Squirrel Flower; Planet (i). (Polyvinyl/digital outlets)

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Squirrel Flower; Planet (i). (Polyvinyl/digital outlets)

25 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one which comes on orange vinyl, has an eight-page booklet of lyrics and offers a download code . . . . This second album by American Ella Williams (aka Squirrel Flower) is one of those slow-grow albums which exists between alt.folk and indie.rock as she and her small band... > Read more

Don Cherry: The Summer House Sessions (Blank Forms/digital outlets)

Don Cherry: The Summer House Sessions (Blank Forms/digital outlets)

24 Jul 2021  |  1 min read

Trumpeter Don Cherry – step-father of Neneh and father to Eagle Eye – was right there in the avant-garde jazz movement on albums in the Fifties with Ornette Coleman (the presciently titled Something Else!!!, Tomorrow is the Question!, The Shape of Jazz to Come and Free Jazz among them). He had a long association with Coleman (one of his sons is David... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Booth

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Booth

23 Jul 2021  |  6 min read

Trumpeter, arranger, composer, educator and much more, Mike Booth has been a pivotal figure in New Zealand music, notably in jazz. His CV includes time in the Rodger Fox Big Band, the funk outfit Collision, more recently with John Key on his Dune Dancing album, Sola Rosa's terrific Chasing the Sun and in the past month with Frank Gibson Jnr and others... > Read more

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