‘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.’
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.
“…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.”
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.
The Voyage of Mary and William is Matt McMahon’s first recording of solo piano improvisation. In his illuminating liner notes to the CD, he describes the piano – a machine of wood, ivory and wire he remains obviously still smitten by – as ‘this wondrous invention’. The same descriptor could be applied to The Voyage of Mary and William. It is all invention and, yes, it is pretty bloody wondrous.
Ian Patterson reviews The Sweetness of Things Half Remembered. ‘Karlen’s music is both cerebral and emotive. It’s music that’s difficult to box and therein lies a great part of its undoubted appeal.’
From the media release Composer and pianist Cleon Barraclough joins with Osmar ‘Chiky’ Salazar on electric bass and Sacha K on drums to present their debut album ‘Techni-colour Rain’. Inspired by salsa, timba, funk and contemporary jazz, the album features the group’s original compositions. ‘Techni-colour Rain’ will be released in early February in conjunction with jazz club performances around Australia. …
From the media release “Inverno is a collection of tunes I have written over the past few years that hold a common aesthetic. I’ve always liked the idea of a concept album and this album is a culmination of a deep interest in my Italian heritage and the colours and moods that winter brings to …
Outliers (Scrampion Records SCRAMP002) Casey Golden Trio Review by John Hardaker Outliers will be launched on Thursday 5 February 2015 at Venue 505, Sydney In many ways, the piano trio is to Jazz what drawing is to Art. It is the basic frame upon which much of the bigger colourful stuff is hung. It is …
The Jack Earle Big Band Debut Album – Jack Earle is using Indiegogo to crowdfund his first big band release, which features his own compositions played by the 18 piece Jack Earle Big Band