This is a concert that commands your attention, with catchy melodies, rich harmonies, and driving grooves. The tunes are designed to take you on a journey; the long form, almost through-composed arrangements seamlessly weaving from the organised to the improvised and back again.
Month: September 2014
An exceptional album. Their previous album Moments In Time had a folkish feel to it. This one is different; it tells a story, a tale of collaboration between different cultures, South American and Asian, Middle Eastern and European, a blend of jazz, world music, pop and a bit of R&B. The result: a multi-layered cultural mix that can only be Australian
‘I hope you understand how much you were loved, particularly by musicians perhaps, around this country. Each time a new young hopeful appears on stage, my friends and I nod sagely and say, ‘She’s okay, but not in the same class as Kerrie Biddell.’ For some of us, no one ever will be!
Alister: “I think the only words we had beforehand were to decide that it would be best to record improvisations together. Apart from that we really discussed very little about the approach that this recording would take.”
“I was first inspired to learn the saxophone from listening to hard bop, in particular John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter so I guess it was only a matter of time when I would put together a project like this.”
Hammerhead Launch Wednesday 13 August, Venue 505, Surry Hills By David Sampson Less than a year before his premature death in 2008, I asked Tony Hobbs, one of Australia’s most passionate saxophonists, if he had any plans for a new band. ‘I guess I’m just a hard-bop muso’, he replied. ‘Who wants to hear hard …
The horn unison passages have the extraordinary unity – bright and seemingly electrically fused – that characterised the famous pairing or alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman and trumpeter Don Cherry; while their solos are freely melodic, somewhat in the Coleman vein.
From the media release Magnusson/Oehlers/Vanderwal “Paper Tiger” CD launch tour 2014 In 2013 these three fine musicians got together to perform and enjoyed the results so much they coaxed each other to go into the studio and record an album. Once in there, with the red light on they couldn’t stop, they tied the sound …
The Foundry 616 Harris & Mary Ann Streets, Ultimo, Sydney. 3 September 2014 Review by John Clare Walking from Glebe to the relatively new jazz club, The Foundry, I am tracked by various familiar resonances. Ultimo was once full of huge warehouses and bond stores, and across from the club itself, in a brick and …
Mod jazz helps to simplify an art form that – to the untrained ear – can be very complicated. Yet it allows the skilled musician to play without having to ‘dumb it down’ for people without a bachelors in jazz. Its inspiring to songwriter, the musician, the producers and to the purchasers. And most importantly… It’s a big ol’ bag of fun.