John McBeath’s five 2010 highlights

We’re asking people to tell us their top five musical experiences for 2010. John McBeath responded enthusiastically with the following list. This was the year the Melbourne International Jazz Festival surpassed the Wangaratta event as the foremost Australian jazz festival and there were many memorable moments. An absolute standout was US saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s quartet …

Review – On a Clear Day

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…