There is a calmness and beauty on much of this CD, typified by Saarelaht’s impressionistic solo introductions to three of the tracks, which testifies to the maturity and skill of all four musicians. Phil Sandford reviews Fiveways by the Jex Saarelaht Quartet
Fran Swinn is walking a metaphorical tightrope as she prepares to present her APRA-commissioned piece at this year’s Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival. Inform integrates live jazz with live circus and is performed by Swinn’s quartet with special guest aerial artist and acrobat Rockie Stone.
A chain of association began when I first encountered the album’s title, which was some months before I found a copy of this album.
“That this is demonstrably a playful album does not imply that these musicians are not serious…”
“Aurora reflects [a] … wide variety of musical influences and Isaacs emerges with carefully crafted and distinctive compositions which provide a range of different moods and plenty of inspiration for the soloists.”