We read with delight the review by Paul Cliff in the Australian today of Allan Browne’s Conjuror released by extempore (jazz-planet.com’s mothership!)
The collection is an eclectic mix, with much fun and playfulness, some deft puncturing and some solid swing, with some slower movements of solid gravitas and a fine rhythmic sense throughout…
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Conjuror collects 70 pieces by poetic auto-didact Browne into one volume. The poetry was written over 40 years. The verses speak of jazz and its doctors, home and hearth, love and life, music and this mad, mad world. Seven poems from the collection frame the music on the book’s companion CD. Browne’s long standing sextet (see personnel below) swing through 7 tunes that mix contemporary and classic jazz with poetry. You may know many things about Allan Browne, but Conjuror holds some wonderful surprises.
Companion CD: music by the Allan Browne sextet – Eugene Ball (trumpet), Geoff Hughes (guitar), Nick Haywood (acoustic bass), Marc Hannaford (piano), Phil Noy (alto sax) and Allan Browne (drums)