Andy Fiddes’ writing shines as bright as Tinkler’s playing. The range of colours, the breadth of ideas – so many audacious chances taken, chances that all work beautifully – the mastery of the idiom: pushing the big idea of The Big Band forward while deeply knowing its traditions (you can hear echoes of the history all across Fiddes vs Tinkler).
The shortlist for this year’s Australian Jazz “BELL” Awards has been officially announced. This year’s crop has been extraordinary, with many great albums submitted in the competition. The amount of talent in this list is overwhelming, and it is bound to make the work of the judges very hard
“The nonet is the ideal mix of the intimacy of small group jazz with the compositional scope afforded by a big band or larger ensemble. It’s hard swinging small group jazz with the force that you get from six horn players.”
The Foundry 616 Harris & Mary Ann Streets, Ultimo, Sydney. 3 September 2014 Review by John Clare Walking from Glebe to the relatively new jazz club, The Foundry, I am tracked by various familiar resonances. Ultimo was once full of huge warehouses and bond stores, and across from the club itself, in a brick and …
‘a strange and beautiful world conjured among the bricks and grime, the litter and the 7-11 stores’
‘That’s the exciting thing about this music – like any human relationships, the variables are so intricate and so intertwined that the result is never predictable.’
‘One thing we always try to explore is the full dynamic range of the orchestra. Lots of people of surprised at how quiet (and loud) a big band can play, but it is going to be exciting either way. The band is dying to play with Chris.’