When The Sky Cries Rainbows: CD review by Steve Moffat

by STEVE MOFFATT

Northern beaches saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans has earned her stripes as a jazz musician of world standing through her consistently innovative and technically accomplished approach.

She has garnered a shelf full of awards – and recognition with an OAM – for her performances and her works, and her invaluable role as an educator.

But few of her projects can have been as tough and heartbreaking as her latest, an album which charts the emotional journey she and her husband clarinettist Tony Gorman have been through since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

When The Sky Cries Rainbows is more of a suite than 14 separate tracks, and features her trio members Toby Hall on drums and Brett Hirst on bass, joined by some of Sydney’s jazz elite. The result is a wonderful roller-coaster which rides the anger, despair, love and the joy – with some wicked humour for good measure – of a couple facing a life where MS is a third partner.

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