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Album review: Lost in the stars (Allan Browne Trio) by John Clare

Album review: Lost in the stars (Allan Browne Trio) by John Clare

This album is both intellectual and exciting, earthy and ethereal. The sheer quality of the playing is overwhelming. I sincerely hope that Melbourne continues to embrace the tradition that has evolved around Browne and his disparate associates. Read More »

Album review: Wave Rider (Andrea Keller Quartet) by John Hardaker

Album review: Wave Rider (Andrea Keller Quartet) by John Hardaker

In his liner notes (notes worth the price of admission in themselves), NYC based pianist Barney McAll – no slouch in the ‘daring’ department himself – says, ‘(Keller) has been blending memories, sonic pictures, Bartók, Shorter and an immaculate classical technique to ensure her trajectory could never disappoint. Andrea is a serious inventor.’ Read More »

Brendan Clarke: Stretching Out

Brendan Clarke: Stretching Out

The carefully-crafted originals on the album are a summary of the writing Clarke has done over the past twenty years, 'Three Wishes' dating back to 1993. 'Busline' was written for an unreleased ABC recording after he won the 2001 National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, while the medium-up 'Billycart' was written specially for the album. Read More »

Album review: Tiro (The Vampires) by John Hardaker

Album review: Tiro (The Vampires) by John Hardaker

on 'Brother Sykes' - The band play around each other here, as if conversing, exchanging their grief – the feeling is one of a wake, funereal and puffed-out. It is a nod to the complete musicianship of Alex Boneham that the bass dominates here, expressing so much in answer to the gray-blues and watery mauves thrown at him by Rose and Garbett. All seems to happen underwater, beneath a heavy lid of mortality. Read More »

Album review: Connect Four (Paul Williamson)

Album review: Connect Four (Paul Williamson)

This is Williamson’s eighth album since 2001’s wonderfully-named Non-Consensual Head Compression and, as well as being an obvious evolutionary step, it is a beautiful thing. Read More »

Album review: Short Stories (Ben Panucci Trio) by John Hardaker

Album review: Short Stories (Ben Panucci Trio) by John Hardaker

Such is the range and span of colours and shifting scenes across Short Stories. That all of this can be expressed through the limited means of a jazz guitar trio – to all intents and purposes acoustic – is not only a measure of Panucci, Boneham and Waples' creative mastery, but also of their vision. Read More »