With Ben and James Waples Nock has found creative musicians who ably complement his playing in the more traditional trio setting and contribute on an equal basis in the free pieces.
Read our recent review of On a Clear Day, the Jamie Oehlers / Paul Grabowsky Jazzhead release of jazz standards. Review by Peter Kenneally.
There are two approaches usually taken to standards: either a polite respectful caressing, which tries to leach the banality out of the old chestnut, or a gut busting ‘I can make any tune do anything I want’ assault. This recording ignores both, and goes its own way right from the start…
Tom Vincent, Blood Red (Label: Lumbini House) Avaible at www.tomvincent.com.au CD review by Victoria Nugent The latest offering from jazz pianist Tom Vincent is a rich album of piano pieces with swing inspired energy that flow cleanly into each other. Vincent’s playing is often accentuated by deliberate discordance between the different instruments featured. At first …
Though we live in the age of singles, the jazz genre has managed to maintain its penchant for complete projects over aural snapshots, and The Gentle War is no different. There is something innately special about the overall Misinterprotato aesthetic
It is a testament to Winkelman’s vision for these pieces that stride, montunos and various rhythmic tangents can be found sitting side-by-side in a way which only enhances, rather than confuses, the narrative they belong to. At the same time, the dynamic interplay and symbiosis between Winkelman, Anning and Vanderwal allows for their flawless execution.
“…each song built on the solid foundation of Morrison and Cooper’s talent.”
As the album’s title hints, Galumphing ‘Round The Nation is an outcome of Keller’s 2009 national Collaborations Project, where the touring Quartet in the various locations they played, invited a favourite musician to contribute each a 5th (often highly improvised) part to an existing base composition.
“This would have to be one of the most unique recordings that I have encountered in recent times – a listening experience that once heard cannot be forgotten.” Read this review by Gerry Koster of The Wide Alley, a new CD from ten-piece ensemble including five Chinese musicians and local names Erik Griswold, Vanessa Tomlinson, Robert Davidson, Peter Knight and Adrian Sherriff…
“A true departure from ‘traditional jazz’ and the result is not only fresh and instantly likable, but has the potential to become a modern classic.”
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.