Category: Album Reviews

April 20, 2019 / Album Reviews

UPLIFT (Greenleaf) 9/10 Few artists are so prolific without compromising quality as trumpeter Dave Douglas, his Greenleaf label a tap for pouring out exceptional records. This one was immediately preceded by four double-albums of his quintet in incendiary form live at the Jazz Standard. The Uplift project could hardly be…

April 9, 2019 / Album Reviews

THE USEFULNESS OF ART (Fat Rain) 9.5/10 The breadth of the music matches the scale of the ambition. These five albums of scintillating creativity let you dig deep into the oeuvre of brilliant Melbourne composer/multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons, beginning with Concerto for Piano and Toy Band, a dense, giddy conversation between…

April 6, 2019 / Album Reviews

STRICTLY SWINGING (www.danbarnett.com.au/) 7.5/10 This recording has such presence as to plant you smack in the middle of Balmain’s Unity Hall Hotel, where Dan Barnett’s 13-piece band nailed these arrangements of swing classics before a live (and excited) audience. The band is choc-full of gifted improvisers above and beyond Barnett’s…