…a performance full of twisting improvisations and complex rhythms.
Free, open, lulling, gorgeous are the first words that come to mind on hearing this recording. It’s a series of duets for flute and harp, the flute player is Belinda Woods, the harpist is Mary Doumany.
I snuck this CD on one night when friends were sitting in the backyard. No fanfare, no announcement. I was curious to see what effect, if any, the music might have on the listeners, a couple of friends with great ears and a love of fine music.
Review by Peter Kenneally: “It’s all driven along by and part of the rhythmic net around it: when this happens, and it does often, the album draws you in and entrances you.”
“Compass succeeds on its combination of strengths, technical and compositional, yet as a saxophone quartet what sets it apart and makes it so listenable is that each player has quite a contrasting approach to tone and articulation.”
Review by Phil Sandford: The quintet format has proved an enduring one in jazz and this excellent album shows that it still provides a powerful vehicle for creative compositions, solos and group interaction.
“To the marvels enfolded within this album, airwaves, there is literally no end…”
His new collection, A Sudden Sentence in the Air, contains a poem entitled A Manual of Style, dedicated to stellar Sydney saxophonist Bernie McGann, and selected by Black Inc for its forthcoming Best Australian Poems 2011. It’s easy to see why the 13-line poetic description of McGann’s playing was selected: Page’s savvy observations inform his lines, taking on a kind of riffing of language, echoing and explaining the music.
… the hum, buzz, & electric crackle coalesce at times into the sounds of the everyday
“Simmons wrote six of the widely differing nine tunes, and the surprise opener, ‘Sometimes I Dream’ comes from country singer Merle Haggard. It starts with Cairns’s ultra-slow acoustic bass before Simmons’s alto emerges as if from mantles of mist, continuing the almost funereal tempo suffused with deep feeling.” Link to the full review in The …