Category: Album Reviews – Archive

April 9, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

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 - Archive

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…

April 2, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

THE KOMEDA PROJECT (www.andreakellerpiano.com.au/) 9/10 What a treasure trove of music the great Polish composer and jazz pianist Krysztof Komeda (1931-69) left after a too-short life. Pianist Andrea Keller and trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky have arranged the raw material of some of Komeda’s famed film scores for an improvising octet of…