The horn unison passages have the extraordinary unity – bright and seemingly electrically fused – that characterised the famous pairing or alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman and trumpeter Don Cherry; while their solos are freely melodic, somewhat in the Coleman vein.
on ‘Brother Sykes’ – The band play around each other here, as if conversing, exchanging their grief – the feeling is one of a wake, funereal and puffed-out. It is a nod to the complete musicianship of Alex Boneham that the bass dominates here, expressing so much in answer to the gray-blues and watery mauves thrown at him by Rose and Garbett. All seems to happen underwater, beneath a heavy lid of mortality.
With some colourful street art as a backdrop, The Vampires give a dimly-lit alleyway and a small group of passers-by a special performance of ‘All I See Is You’. The Vampires: Jeremy Rose (saxophone) Nick Garbett (trumpet) Alex Boneham (bass) Alex Masso (drums)
When did you start playing jazz and why? For example, was there a ‘moment’ when it came to you as a calling or vocation? I started playing jazz in late high school after a piano player named Nick Southcott moved to Wollongong and started a jazz band at the Wollongong Con. A mate of mine …