extempore and the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues have collaborated with National Jazz Award winners from every year of the festival since it began. The result is this eclectic set of souvenir postcards from some of our most creative musicians.
The carefully-crafted originals on the album are a summary of the writing Clarke has done over the past twenty years, ‘Three Wishes’ dating back to 1993. ‘Busline’ was written for an unreleased ABC recording after he won the 2001 National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, while the medium-up ‘Billycart’ was written specially for the album.
One of McGann’s great virtues is his ability to project feeling and indeed raw powerful emotion – and to stimulate the visual imagination – whether he is playing simple or complex lines.
Something about this video made me want to keep listening and listening. I love the way Brendan and Andrew interact. And there’s been a bit of 75th Birthday action for Bernie McGann this year; a lot of talk about his unique sound. Here’s a taste.
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.