There is a calmness and beauty on much of this CD, typified by Saarelaht’s impressionistic solo introductions to three of the tracks, which testifies to the maturity and skill of all four musicians. Phil Sandford reviews Fiveways by the Jex Saarelaht Quartet
A chain of association began when I first encountered the album’s title, which was some months before I found a copy of this album.
“That this is demonstrably a playful album does not imply that these musicians are not serious…”
“Aurora reflects [a] … wide variety of musical influences and Isaacs emerges with carefully crafted and distinctive compositions which provide a range of different moods and plenty of inspiration for the soloists.”
You Tunes Tim Rollinson Trio (Rufus Records RF092) Review by Des Cowley Guitarist Tim Rollinson’s eclectic career trajectory to date has tended to obscure his name from the front ranks of contemporary Australian jazz artists. He’s probably most familiar to listeners via his work with DIG (Directions in Groove), an acid jazz band he co-founded …
“While a handful of works are more or less invaluable to Ellington studies, none has come as close as a serious work of cultural history than Harvey Cohen’s splendid new book. I hesitate to call it a biography, though it is that. It goes beyond biography, however, in its portrayal of crucial episodes in the development of the American music industry, of American race relations, and the place of jazz in American culture.”
I liked what I heard, I liked it a lot, bought a CD after the gig and ended up chatting with the horn and flute players. That’s how I met Bohjass… Andrew Lindsay reviews the new release by Bohjass – Christ 3 Buddha Nothing
The distinguished Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey has produced a powerful and virtuosic tribute to Frank Zappa. Harvey has created a suite that establishes him as an emerging composer of piano music.
Most musically interested people who have but glanced in the direction of Western contemporary composed/notated music will have encountered the name, Sylvio Gualda.
The overwhelming aesthetic is eclectic though this style-laden environment is anything but imitative other than when tongue-in-cheek, and in this some humor is brought to bear. This imaginative trio explores a clearly etched ethos; one I perceive of as trajectories within trajectories; a process of creating layered textures.