Gemma Farrell returns to Australia after completing her Masters at Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Her return coincides with he release of debut CDs of The Gemma Farrell Group and Say What?!, a hard-bop quartet with Hammond organ.
Katz has come up with an appealing, thoughtful and lyrical take on jazz-rock, ‘Mistral’ and ‘Working Title’ being especially strong.
The album was recorded live over two nights at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club so as to capture all the excitement, raw energy and ‘dirt’ of a live performance.
This is the musical equivalent of slow food, and will amply repay the patient. Eleven years on and this Melbourne/Sydney collective restores itself to its rightful place near the pinnacle of Australian jazz.
The maker-or-breaker of course is in writing for the small ensemble. With such a limited musical palette of timbres and instrument capabilities, every decision has to count. Done badly, it can be turgid or insipid. To hit the sweet spot that is the intersection of composition, knowledge and vision, it helps to be a hell of a player, listener and thinker.
If an index of the ‘success’ of any art is its capacity to make an audience question what they have previously taken for granted, their own habitual modes, then on this measure Chameleons of the White Shadow, the 10th album from Joseph Tawadros in as many years, succeeds admirably…
In the goldfish bowl of the Australian jazz scene this might be the sort of calculated risk that we need to see more of. All evolution needs diversity and the occasional short sharp shock to the status quo.
lost in the stars | allan browne trio Released June 2013 on Jazzhead From the media release The Allan Browne Trio with Marc Hannaford and Sam Pankhurst present Lost In The Stars, an album inspired by American Jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams and riveting German composer Karl Stockhausen affiliated here by their Zodiac Suites. Constructing …
Is this a new genre? Pub jazz-rock? I remember that hearing the Subterraneans for the first time was a hallelujah moment. Finally here was a band combining rock’s visceral energy with jazz’s lithe spontaneity without compromising either.
Before we run out of space it must be emphasised that this is unusually beautiful music. But even in the most euphoric music you can, in a certain mood, feel a touch of melancholy. Surely it is just the realisation that no golden age lasts forever, nor any life…