Feb
22
2013

Australian Art Ensemble CD

Trio ’79 (http://feeling-to-thought.com/) January, 2012.  Count this among the momentous albums of Australian jazz. In 1979 Mark Simmonds (tenor saxophone), Bobby Gebert (piano) and Phil Treloar (drums) formed the Australian Art Ensemble, which only performed twice, but did record. The power that exploded in that three-hour session became legendary, thanks to a widely-circulated, poor-quality bootleg, […]

Feb
21
2013

Phil Slater’s Sun Songbook

Phil Slater@Karen Steains-2167

Venue 505, February 16, 2013 Balancing reverence and audacity is the trick to reinterpreting or borrowing from another’s music. Too many cross-cultural projects, for instance, lack due reverence, as ancient traditions are mangled with never a backwards glance. In turning Peter Sculthorpe’s compositions into improvising vehicles Phil Slater and his co-musical director, Matt McMahon, have […]

Feb
18
2013

John Surman CD

ECM 2266 res

Saltash Bells (ECM)  The prospect would usually be distinctly unappealing: a lone horn player multi-tracking saxophones and clarinets, and adding layers of synthesizer. But that would be to fail to account for the John Surman factor.  No one alive makes more appealing sounds on a baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone or bass clarinet than the English […]