I made the mistake of looking out of my window at the bleak wintery night while ‘Good Grief’ was playing and was overwhelmed by the melancholy memories it invoked in me.
There is something very special about transatlantic collaboration – it brings with it all the trials of composing and working in isolation and all the joys that come when all parties meet to bring life to those compositions.
The Seed Habit– Keijzer McGuiness Quintet Review by Charles Lidgard (http://unchartedjazz.wordpress.com/) Rufus Records, RF079, 2009. The Keijzer McGuiness Quintet takes its name from a combination of Dutchman Remco Keijzer (tenor saxophone) and Australian Lucian McGuiness (trombone). In addition to Keijzer and McGuiness, the quintet consists of Matt McMahon (rhodes/piano), Mike Majkowski (bass) and James …
The Alister Spence Trio comprises Alister Spence (piano), Lloyd Swanton (bass) and Toby Hall (drums, glockenspiel). The trio released their first album Three is a Circle in 2000 and received ARIA nominations for subsequent albums Flux (2003) and Mercury (2007). fit is the band’s fourth album.
Brian Ormsby was one of the lucky extempore subscribers who won a double pass to hear The Australian Art Orchestra’s Crossing Roper Bar. Here’s what he had to say…
“…I had some reservations as to whether the project of interspersing jazz with traditional Australian music and dance would work. However any such doubts were very quickly dispelled…”
“…a beautifully written and presented snapshot of the contemporary jazz scene in Australia.”