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‘…what a free-flying improvisational spirit there is is driving these 11 Sugg originals…’
– John McBeath, The Australian
The music of the Andy Sugg Group embraces an eclectic range of compositional influences, which include contemporary jazz, funk, R&B and avant-Pop. The ASG is Andy’s “blowing band”, in that it’s a vehicle for extended improvisation in the best traditions of contemporary jazz.
The Group’s current album, The Berlin Session, was recorded in Germany in 2011. It explores a more acoustic avant-garde setting and features Kate on piano, with Berliners Jan Leipnitz (drums) and Sean Pentland (double bass). While firmly grounded in its stylistic time and place, this is music that has left home. It is music in the moment, played by highly articulate musicians with something to say both as soloists and as members of a collective.
The ASG’s previous album, Brunswick Nights, was recorded live in Melbourne. And prior to this, After Utopia, featured New York sax legend David Liebman in his first recording with an Australian group over his twenty-five year association with that country.
Read more from the ausjazz.net gig preview (1 September 2012)
Andy Sugg saxophones
Kate Kelsey-Sugg piano
Sean Pentland bass
Jan Leipnitz drums