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REVIEW: Fat Yahoozah – I Don’t Care

REVIEW: Fat Yahoozah – I Don’t Care

The binding quality of Ellen Kirkwood's music and her collaborations is that is consistently has one foot firmly in jazz and the other trailing in the waters of a tangy broth of blues, rock, gypsy swing, klezmer, reggae and you-name-it. Read More »

REVIEW: Sandy Evans & Bobby Singh – Kapture

REVIEW: Sandy Evans & Bobby Singh – Kapture

Sandy Evans’ playing across the album is unique and spiritedly human, which is what we have come to expect from her. Her questing nature and driven desire to consistently move out of the confines of Jazz has shown her to be an artist going for a universal sound. Read More »

REVIEW: Casey Golden Trio – Live at Bennett’s Lane

REVIEW: Casey Golden Trio – Live at Bennett’s Lane

Casey Golden's music appears to come from another world. There is the coolness and openness of outer space in this music. There is also an alienness about his compositions and his approach to improvisation that is at once intriguing and endlessly surprising Read More »

REVIEW: Elly Hoyt – Oranges & Sunshine

REVIEW: Elly Hoyt – Oranges & Sunshine

Elly Hoyt never shies away from letting her talents - and her amazing vocal range - unfold: one minute she sings the blues with a visceral quality, her voice rooted to the ground; the next, the same voice ascends to the sky. Read More »

Michael Griffin’s Unexpected Greeting

Michael Griffin’s Unexpected Greeting

I have come late to the amazing playing of Sydney’s Michael Griffin. Walking into an Andrew Dickerson Quintet gig off the street I was floored by this pale young man utterly flying on that most nimble of the jazz horns – the alto. It seems I am just one in a long line of admirers, many notable, of Griffin’s mastery. ... Read More »

Album review: Paul Williamson Live

Album review: Paul Williamson Live

Live (Jazzhead) Paul Williamson Quartet Review by Samuel Cottell Trumpeter Paul Williamson has an incredible ability to create diverse musical landscapes with other performers. His previous album, Connect Four, saw him engage with four different pianists and create some exciting music. In the follow up to Connect Four, The Paul Williamson Quartet: LIVE (his ninth album) explores collective improvisation, in intricate detail. ... Read More »

The Voyage of Matt McMahon

The Voyage of Matt McMahon

'If you're going to do anything in life you just have to say, "Well, I've just got to make my little patch of garden over here", and if I'm improvising, try and be faithful from one moment to the next. That's all I can try and do, otherwise you go crazy.' Read More »

Album review: A Shorthand of Sensation (All Talk) by John Shand

Album review: A Shorthand of Sensation (All Talk) by John Shand

Instead of perpetuating the importation of American models of jazz, James McLean went and soaked up the ideas and attitudes of someone who had stepped out from that giant shadow decades ago; someone who might help him find his own path into the music - Phil Treloar. Read More »

Album review: Malign (Forenzics) by John Hardaker

Album review: Malign (Forenzics) by John Hardaker

"...like all good modern art it asks to be listened to on its own terms. Yet it does not push away but creates a place for the listener to go and to explore as it happens. Unlike too much ‘experimental’ music, it includes; it does not exclude." Read More »

Album review: The ishs/Allen Project

Album review: The ishs/Allen Project

The ishs/Allen Project has moved in a texturally tougher direction, bringing in electric bassist Paul Bonnington and brass player Ee Shan Pang. Yet this toughness gladly doesn't bruise the music; it largely serves to add energy to the inherent exuberance of ish's and Allen's music. Read More »