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REVIEW: Tim Willis & The End – Night and Day

REVIEW: Tim Willis & The End – Night and Day

Yet, despite the expanded palette of harmonies and timbres afforded by the larger band, Willis keeps a firm hand on the tiller throughout – his characteristic minimalistic and repetitive touches are all here, as well as the timbral and melodic surprises which playfully dent and scratch the sheen of his music. Read More »

REVIEW: The Cooking Club – High Energy Jazz from the Sydney Underground

REVIEW: The Cooking Club – High Energy Jazz from the Sydney Underground

"The sinewy energy of this piano-less format winds the bristling tension up to cracking point on the more free-jazz passages. It is leavened with chill riffs from the classic tenor-trumpet hard-bop front line, and deep soul grooves underneath it all". Read More »

REVIEW: Fat Yahoozah – I Don’t Care

REVIEW: Fat Yahoozah – I Don’t Care

The binding quality of Ellen Kirkwood's music and her collaborations is that is consistently has one foot firmly in jazz and the other trailing in the waters of a tangy broth of blues, rock, gypsy swing, klezmer, reggae and you-name-it. Read More »

REVIEW: Sandy Evans & Bobby Singh – Kapture

REVIEW: Sandy Evans & Bobby Singh – Kapture

Sandy Evans’ playing across the album is unique and spiritedly human, which is what we have come to expect from her. Her questing nature and driven desire to consistently move out of the confines of Jazz has shown her to be an artist going for a universal sound. Read More »

REVIEW: Casey Golden Trio – Live at Bennett’s Lane

REVIEW: Casey Golden Trio – Live at Bennett’s Lane

Casey Golden's music appears to come from another world. There is the coolness and openness of outer space in this music. There is also an alienness about his compositions and his approach to improvisation that is at once intriguing and endlessly surprising Read More »

REVIEW: Elly Hoyt – Oranges & Sunshine

REVIEW: Elly Hoyt – Oranges & Sunshine

Elly Hoyt never shies away from letting her talents - and her amazing vocal range - unfold: one minute she sings the blues with a visceral quality, her voice rooted to the ground; the next, the same voice ascends to the sky. Read More »

REVIEW: Michael Griffin & Dale Barlow – Tribute to Cannonball & Coltrane

REVIEW: Michael Griffin & Dale Barlow – Tribute to Cannonball & Coltrane

To see the two men working together, obviously digging each other’s playing was a thrill that pointed to this being one of the jazz gigs of the year for me. Griffin was overjoyed to be locking horns, literally, with the great Dale; Barlow, for his part, equally seemed to enjoy having the younger player’s sparkling alto nipping at his heels, pushing him into some hair-raising tenor work. Read More »

Album review: Paul Williamson Live

Album review: Paul Williamson Live

Live (Jazzhead) Paul Williamson Quartet Review by Samuel Cottell Trumpeter Paul Williamson has an incredible ability to create diverse musical landscapes with other performers. His previous album, Connect Four, saw him engage with four different pianists and create some exciting music. In the follow up to Connect Four, The Paul Williamson Quartet: LIVE (his ninth album) explores collective improvisation, in intricate detail. ... Read More »

Album review: A Shorthand of Sensation (All Talk) by John Shand

Album review: A Shorthand of Sensation (All Talk) by John Shand

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. Read More »