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Author Archives: John Hardaker

REVIEW: Daniel Susnjar – Moth To A Flame

REVIEW: Daniel Susnjar – Moth To A Flame

To listen to Daniel Susnjar's 'Moth To A Flame' one would expect these eight densely arranged, complex and exceptionally recorded pieces to have taken a year or two to get to this level. In fact, the album was done and dusted (bar a little extra later dusting in WA and Miami) in 24 short hours. Read More »

REVIEW: Twentieth Century Dog – Bone

REVIEW: Twentieth Century Dog – Bone

The Twentieth Century Dog is big on rhythm too – with two drummers and a percussionist, as well as having a bass-player as leader, it is inevitable that there will be grooves of all flavours, and rhythm games running through the music like pulsing veins. Funk, Afro-beat, jazz: all booty-shaking but mind-bending at the same time. Read More »

REVIEW: Dan Barnett – Walkin’ Shoes

REVIEW: Dan Barnett – Walkin’ Shoes

The band has ruled the roost at Balmain’s Unity Hall Hotel forever and Walkin’ Shoes – Dan Barnett’s seventh album – captures all the life and spark of those great gigs and of vocalist/trombonist Barnett’s larger-than-life musical personality. Read More »

Review: Tim Rollinson – Nitty Gritty

Review: Tim Rollinson – Nitty Gritty

Tim Rollinson's 'Nitty Gritty' calls to mind John Scofield's enormously successful Scofield Au Go Go of a few years back and in many ways comes from the same place: a love of groove and the improvisational ideas which flower from the deep earth of funk Read More »

REVIEW: Divergence Jazz Orchestra – Fake It Until You Make It

REVIEW: Divergence Jazz Orchestra – Fake It Until You Make It

I am happy to say the new Divergence Jazz Orchestra album ­– cheekily and tartly titled Fake It Until You Make It ­­– is here. And I want to shout about it. As assured and fully-formed as The Opening Statement was, the three years between it and the new one has added an even greater depth and daring to Jenna Cave’s writing and the band’s entirely apt and sympathetic reading (in all senses) of her charts. Read More »

REVIEW – Bungarribee, 28 July 2016, Django Bar, Sydney

REVIEW – Bungarribee, 28 July 2016, Django Bar, Sydney

The music is located somewhere to the north-east of jazz but definitely south-south-west of European art music. The quartet grew out of Daley’s larger ‘Sanctuary’ project, yet retains that ensemble’s unique breadth of vision, and intricate interweaving of composed and improv elements. Read More »

REVIEW: Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra – Fiddes vs Tinkler

REVIEW: Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra – Fiddes vs Tinkler

Andy Fiddes’ writing shines as bright as Tinkler’s playing. The range of colours, the breadth of ideas – so many audacious chances taken, chances that all work beautifully – the mastery of the idiom: pushing the big idea of The Big Band forward while deeply knowing its traditions (you can hear echoes of the history all across Fiddes vs Tinkler). Read More »