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Album review: Malign (Forenzics) by John Hardaker

Album review: Malign (Forenzics) by John Hardaker

"...like all good modern art it asks to be listened to on its own terms. Yet it does not push away but creates a place for the listener to go and to explore as it happens. Unlike too much ‘experimental’ music, it includes; it does not exclude." Read More »

Album review: The ishs/Allen Project

Album review: The ishs/Allen Project

The ishs/Allen Project has moved in a texturally tougher direction, bringing in electric bassist Paul Bonnington and brass player Ee Shan Pang. Yet this toughness gladly doesn't bruise the music; it largely serves to add energy to the inherent exuberance of ish's and Allen's music. Read More »

Album review: The Voyage of Mary and William (Matt McMahon) by John Hardaker

Album review: The Voyage of Mary and William (Matt McMahon) by John Hardaker

The Voyage of Mary and William is Matt McMahon’s first recording of solo piano improvisation. In his illuminating liner notes to the CD, he describes the piano – a machine of wood, ivory and wire he remains obviously still smitten by – as 'this wondrous invention'. The same descriptor could be applied to The Voyage of Mary and William. It is all invention and, yes, it is pretty bloody wondrous. Read More »

John Clare reviews Jazzgroove Summer Fiesta

John Clare reviews Jazzgroove Summer Fiesta

Sydney’s Jazzgroove association fifth Summer Fiesta was spread over three venues in Ultimo: Foundry616, Lord Wolseley (I was judged too declassé to admit here) and APRA (I can’t understand it, but I failed the audition, or am I thinking of NIDA?) from Jan 16 to 18. In fact the cross section of bands that was most useful for review purposes ... Read More »

Album review: Outliers (Casey Golden Trio) by John Hardaker

Album review: Outliers (Casey Golden Trio) by John Hardaker

Outliers (Scrampion Records SCRAMP002) Casey Golden Trio Review by John Hardaker Outliers will be launched on Thursday 5 February 2015 at Venue 505, Sydney In many ways, the piano trio is to Jazz what drawing is to Art. It is the basic frame upon which much of the bigger colourful stuff is hung. It is almost graphic in its lines ... Read More »

Album Review: Shol

Album Review: Shol

"Blending all their influences and references into a seamless, homogenous sound, they prove themselves above labels - but, what’s even more important, they do so with the brilliance of their performance and the power of their beautiful compositions." Read More »

Album review: Penny King Quintet Journey

Album review: Penny King Quintet Journey

That it's her first album is astonishing. I hope she will find the support to do many more. King gives credit to her phenomenal musicians who she says took the shells of her tunes and weaved such magic with them and to Pete Jeavons, the musician who brought his studio and recording expertise and incredible ears to the table to assist her in realizing her heart felt and impeccably musical vision. Read More »