There is a calmness and beauty on much of this CD, typified by Saarelaht’s impressionistic solo introductions to three of the tracks, which testifies to the maturity and skill of all four musicians. Phil Sandford reviews Fiveways by the Jex Saarelaht Quartet
Fran Swinn is walking a metaphorical tightrope as she prepares to present her APRA-commissioned piece at this year’s Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival. Inform integrates live jazz with live circus and is performed by Swinn’s quartet with special guest aerial artist and acrobat Rockie Stone.
A chain of association began when I first encountered the album’s title, which was some months before I found a copy of this album.
“That this is demonstrably a playful album does not imply that these musicians are not serious…”
“Aurora reflects [a] … wide variety of musical influences and Isaacs emerges with carefully crafted and distinctive compositions which provide a range of different moods and plenty of inspiration for the soloists.”
Joanne Kee may be a name that’s familiar to you; if you’ve been to a Sound Travellers gig of sound art, contemporary classical or jazz in the last three years, you’ve benefited from Joanne’s energy and commitment. Here at extempore, we’ve been very excited to hear that last year’s pilot program of Cockatoo Calling at …
You Tunes Tim Rollinson Trio (Rufus Records RF092) Review by Des Cowley Guitarist Tim Rollinson’s eclectic career trajectory to date has tended to obscure his name from the front ranks of contemporary Australian jazz artists. He’s probably most familiar to listeners via his work with DIG (Directions in Groove), an acid jazz band he co-founded …
Collected Works bookshop in the Nicholas Building in Swanston Street in Melbourne was the venue for our first jazz poetry reading this year. The bookshop is a haven and a natural choice for the event; we’d begun to realise that many of the jazz-loving writers and poets we’d encountered during the journal’s life could be …
“While a handful of works are more or less invaluable to Ellington studies, none has come as close as a serious work of cultural history than Harvey Cohen’s splendid new book. I hesitate to call it a biography, though it is that. It goes beyond biography, however, in its portrayal of crucial episodes in the development of the American music industry, of American race relations, and the place of jazz in American culture.”
I liked what I heard, I liked it a lot, bought a CD after the gig and ended up chatting with the horn and flute players. That’s how I met Bohjass… Andrew Lindsay reviews the new release by Bohjass – Christ 3 Buddha Nothing