John Hardaker reviews ECILA | ECILA is a startling debut from an exciting new talent and a dazzling new ensemble. The gratifying part is that, here on their debut, we witness the beginning of a road that I truly hope will stretch far far into the future.
A bright weaver’s shuttle flashes back and forth,
Rumi from “Where Are We?”
empathy by Blow (independent) From the press release: Ted Vining loves music. Bob Sedergreen knows the heart of the groove comes from Africa. BLOW feels the same. There is a word for this, empathy. empathy is a loving treatment of some of the most requested tunes, originals and jazz masterpieces, from BLOW’s 5 year Thursday …
Originally recorded by ABC Jazztrack over two separate sessions, Tinkly Tinkly is the follow up to the Green Septet’s debut album The Singing Fish and Other Short Stories (Jazzgroove Records, 2005)
12 tracks, a round dozen. As the product of an ex-Triosk drummer and a musician of the Fourth Way this seems just right.
On the strength of his eponymous debut album, Steve Barry, I get the feeling we will have to do as we did with the Finn brothers and Rusty Crowe (and any other frighteningly talented Kiwi) and willingly refer to him as the Australian pianist and composer Steve Barry. The album really is that good.
US sax giant Dave Liebman called Sugg ‘a dedicated warrior’ and throughout the album his tone and lines (restricted here to only soprano sax) are heroic as he leads his band through the music.
John Hardaker | ‘…the writing and the playing have a lot of humanity – a lot of soul.’
“It’s great to hear Dave and Sean playing so well with such a good NY rhythm section. The music is very impressive in the best way… it’s another step up for Australian jazz.” – Mike Nock If you would like to review this CD for jazz-planet, please contact us!
‘Andy Sugg is one of Australia’s most original, yet authentically evolved, post-Coltrane performers.’ – John McBeath, The Australian