More praise for Conjuror – ‘Like reading Gregory Corso meets Medeski, Martin and Wood, a cadence of heavy-footfalls, sophisticated rhythm and jive.’ – Kent MacCarter
Month: September 2012
A great way to while away 2:07 minutes! Playing in this video: Lucian McGuiness, trombone; Dan Junor, saxophone, Fabian Hevia, percussion, Aaron Flower, guitar, Zoe Hauptmann, bass. These guys are having fun 🙂
Sydney tenor giant James Ryan – as well as being a startling instrumentalist – is a truly gifted and, in a world where the word has been buffed clean of all its edge, a truly creative composer and arranger. He recently arranged a selection of Ray Charles tunes for his powerhouse big band, The Sonic Mayhem Orchestra, a collection of Sydney’s best and brightest and that rare bird: a large ensemble bristling with astonishing soloists that play as an ensemble, as one.
“There is a new generation of gifted, progressive young jazz musicians coming up in Tasmania, four of them are in the Julius Schwing Quartet. The group’s leader deftly combines a rich understanding of the jazz idiom with a very personal and subtle approach to both to his guitar playing and his composition. He is matched …
Friday Video: from Kindred by Mike Nock and Laurenz Pike. “…a dialogue between two old friends: a moment of pure improvisation, music drawn from many wells that need no special pleading or labels, open to all willing to engage it.”
Oehlers’ original compositions call to mind late night smoky jazz sounds, with focus on sultry ballads, forthright melody and Coltrane-esque moments.
Ultimately, the questions, the searching and the transformation that results is connected to the Art Orchestra’s aim not just to reconstruct something… it’s to find a new way of making music with the Young Wägilak Group.
‘the jazz and classical stylistic elements have been something to consider carefully. We’ve written music that is by no means easy – particularly the rhythmical aspects, so it needs players with both great reading chops and a solid understanding of feel’
‘…a true collection that is at once a retrospective of his remarkable 25-year career and at the same time twelve new recordings.’
Something about this video made me want to keep listening and listening. I love the way Brendan and Andrew interact. And there’s been a bit of 75th Birthday action for Bernie McGann this year; a lot of talk about his unique sound. Here’s a taste.