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Happy to hear we are being played in the antipodes!
I have just entered the competition twice, the first time by mistake - I pressed 'submit' before I had finished writing the 50 words or less.
Please disregard the first entry - you will notice incomplete sentences.
It has been wonderful to see Perth musician, Linda Oh do so well in a male dominated field. After many years of playing in Perth and New York she finally has international recognition playing with many of the greats. I would love to see her play as Wangaratta.
Any chance Cyrille Aimee will be make a last minute surprise return to the line up this year?...discovered the Wangarratta festival when I heard her voice on ABC Jazz radio about 2 years ago and was blown away...she's like Billy Holiday meets Ertha Kit meets modern day jazz...with a scatting speed of...well very fast. Of course I haven't managed to get to Wangarratta yet so here's hoping my entry in the competition gets me there instead :)
incredible rendition of this song, wow.
Absolutely beautiful, I will be hunting down this album.
I had been listening to Jazz Track for about 25 years when it was on the radio and enjoyed it so much, that my friends knew that I will be unavailable between the hours of 5 - 7 pm on Saturdays / Sunday's, unless they came to visit me.
I have lived in remote Australia most of my life and being able to hear this show and others like it has been a lifeline.
When Jazz Track and others went digital I was beside myself. We do not get digital radio out here and Internet connection is like trying to hear a sparrows fart at times.
I am currently in Brisbane for a few nights and JOY o JOY, I've found you on the in room TV. I've ordered a bottle of red wine and some cheese and am sitting on the balcony with the TV cranked up.
You have made me a very happy chappy indeed.
Great to hear you and this wonderful show again.
Keep up the great work.
Warmest regards and thanks,
Hi, thank you for the great jazz tonight, it lifted my spirits at work :)
Saw them at QPAC in Brisbane. Superb. So much energy and inventiveness after all these years. They started off very avant-garde and got funkier as the show went on.
My son Matthias who is playing with the jma academy band under the direction of James Morrison. JMA academy is in Mount Gambier I'm in Wollongong.Seeing him play at such an event would be incredible.
Looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere, listening to the jazz legends if I win the prize!
I would like to see GIAN SLATER & LINDA OH because they are outstanding examples of the great female jazz talent originating in Australia. I respect and admire what they have achieved with their music, and it is a rare opportunity to hear them play together.
I would love to see the grate New York City Bassist William Parker Perform,since San Diego is a very dry Jazz city with very few jazz icons performing here.
You are right. What a great writer Gioia is, thanks for the link to his website!
At last you have found John Sangster a composer in the jazz idiom of the highest calibre. I do hope you have Lord of the Rings vol 1 & 2 too. His widow lives in Brisbane if you wish to track down any more of John's great music. I have been using Off To Adventures, a track from Vol. 2 as the theme to my program Jazz Made in Australia - a program of all Australian material produced for and distributed nationally by the Community Radio Network - for the past 20 years. No, my program is not of traditional jazz.
Who was that lady singing the Bessie Smith song tonight? Great style and tone and humour in her voice.
This is FABULOUS!
Can you please advise whether there will be a CD made available that includes the compilation of tracks in this episiode.
Loving this, go Galliano!
I still miss your Classic Breakfast programming so much. I'm not really a classic music enthusiast, in spite of having ABC Classic FM as my default (and generally only) radio station since I found I couldn't listen to Margaret Thatcher on AM a minute longer during the Falkland War.
What I loved most about your programming, especially in the last year or so, was the artfully subtle and eclectic way you brought music from different world traditions together into the European "Classical Music" context. I do so miss the contemporary music that was always included and your beautiful transitions between individual pieces during each program. I too would like to have a compilation, particularly one which gave me access again to some of those lovely pieces you seemed to collect on your travels.
I hope your retirement is enjoyable and rewarding.
Warm and grateful memories, Penny
Goodbye Look - dear me. I want to holiday when I listen to Fagen's. Now I want live in an exotic location!
The guys are the cream of our original Jazz days when Jazz was cooking around the clock in endless venues.
This is an outstanding reunion band to enjoy the fullest.
Hi Mal, I used to listen to your programs on Sat and Sun at 5 pm on Classic FM while walking. Now, I am missing your program badly. Hence, I need a clear instruction how to download your program as MP3 so I can listen/download to my MP3 player of smart phone please? Please clearly show on your page how to download past programs.
Mal...his version of exitus is simply wonderful..please include.
Thanks so much
The whinging here is quite intense! Get with the program!
Great music, I've only really just discovered jazz properly and just finished the amazing History of Jazz by Ted Gioia.
Big names to Salute the genious Attila Zoller. I like also the Play of Helmut Kagerer (Guitar) who carried a torch for Attila. And Lajos Dudas (Klarinette), Wolfgang Lackerschmidt (Vibraphon) and Dietmar Hagen Horn (Guitar) are empathic players. This CD is a felicitous Hommage to the renowned guiarist Attila Zoller.
David Becker did a splendid job on this recording!!!
As an innovative composer, band leader, hard-driving bassist and African-American activist, the peerless Charles Mingus was in a class of his own. His outstanding influence continues to inspire.
That throbbing bass intro to "Better Git It In Your Soul", is one of the most compelling and stirring in the jazz canon.
His work alongside drummer Danny Richmond truly demonstrates how a dynamic rhythm section should function.
Will I be listening to this? You bet! Even though some of this astonishing music is in my collection.
'Jeru' Mulligan's brilliance as an innovative baritone saxophonist, band leader, composer and arranger is beyond doubt. Yet assessed in terms of a pure and full-bodied gritty bari-sax sound, I prefer both Pepper Adams and Serge Chaloff.
Years ago, we used to be able to find a track list for each Jazztrack program - ie., a list of every track played, in sequence. I have just been going around in circles, from one website page to another to another, trying to find a track list for each Jazztrack show. Is it still available? If not, why not? If so, why is it so hard to find?
Will they ever rerelease Jazz for Beach niks????
The Sky Lounge and El Rocco was where the jazz was the best. you saw just about anyone who was to become part of the jazz scene of Australia. You came in and sat down in this small room (El Rocco) and all you cuold get was a coffee and good music. I still remmember John Sangster getting his Vibraphone off his 3 wheeled scooter and, somehow, getting it down the stairs. great times.
The Sky lounge was also great, just sit and listen to the Allstarrs, plus whoever sat in. yes the late 50's were a great time in Sydney. there were bands in just about every pub in the Sydney City. Memories!!!!!!
I listened to Mathias Eick at about 4.20 on RN on 27/aug /'15 and thought it wonderful and would love to know the name of the album or whatever you can help me with. Thanks David verrall
Every time one thinks of a person they are alive again. Arch McKirdy is alive in my heart and mind...when I was about 19 or 20, my boyfriend and I would sit in his car outside my home on a Friday night, listening enthralled to the jazz he introduced and played in Around Midnight. Today, instead of just keeping him as a fond memory, I searched on-line and found tributes to him in 2013, after he died. I agree with those who would like to here the programme again, not just as a one-off, but repeat broadcasts of the whole lot - I don't care what time they go to air, I'll be listening. A number of people asked if there is a CD, I'd like to know, too. But I think it needs to be a boxed set of - what would it need - 100 CDs? Yes please!
The link above is NOT James Muller's facebook page! Here's the correct link:
James' "Bandcamp" page with info about the new album is here:
Thanks for the Eric Harland saw them live in Canberra a sublime display of Jazz Rock. Went to buy the Voyager: Live By Night CD at interval and it was sold out after the Melbourne show, thanks. Did pick up a copy of it an is still in high rotation.
Oustanding playing by whole band. Australians excel in dynamics & rythm. Bravo!
Great listen, thanks for that!
really enjoying hearing the Joe Lovano/Paul Grabowsky/Phillip Rex/Dave Beck set fromthis year's MIJF, almost like being there. Is there a chance that it will released commercially either by the ABC or on another label?
Hi, I am a regular listening to the program whenever it is poss. I wonder if you ever cover improvised music and Free Jazz from Germany. I live close to the Ruhr Valley a hot spot of new music, improvised music and Free Jazz. There are groups like Deep Schrott and The Dorf you might have heard of. Festivals not only at Moers but at Essen cover such music and the State of NRW sponsors a program called Soudntrips. Some of the more know German Jazz musician are performing in various locations and cities in NRW like Münster and the cuba Black Box. Alexander von Schlippenbach and his trio is amongst those still performing.
Anyway keep going with your program as it is as well because this offers me the gateway to jazz from Down Under e. g. released by Jazzhead. I recently reviewed their release of Enrico Rava and the Monash SESSION.
Greetings and have a nice day ferdinand dupuis-panther, jazz'halo
Does this mean Mal's banned from playing Mingus's Ah Um album?
Nice playing...your bassist is a KNOCK OUT! where are they these days.
Ah, just Ignore that last one, Mal. He's disappeared up his own "ahhs".
This is such a superb interview with Tord. Great to understand his thinking, background and symbolism.
Lovely editing with tracks interspersed.
Thank you ABC Jazz!
This recording made me almost dance in the street as I listened to it being broadcast today. How I regret missing that concert in Melbourne in June. What fantastic arrangements-what an ensemble!
I like Jazztrack. One problem: You say "ah" too many times. It's annoying when a presenter says "ah" several times every sentence. When I hear it I turn the radio off, and hope that when I turn it back on there will be music. You say "ah" a dozen time a minute some times. Listen to a recording of yourself on air. It's unnecessary and unprofessional. It would be better to have a pause (ie, silence) for half a second than say "ah." Please stop saying "ah" so I can continue to enjoy your work. Thanks.
Please put jazztrack back where it belongs. The movie soundtracks show would be more suited to later on when we need a hand falling asleep.
Joe from Mill Park
No doubt you had a great time in Copenhagen Jessica. It is indeed a truly delightful city with more than its share of serious jazz devotees. And like The Little Mermaid, gently romantic too! Summer there is heavenly - not so hot and humid. The unique beauty of Scandinavia is superbly reflected in its astounding jazz.
Bill Evans? Incomparable.
Over many decades - I 'arrived' in 1949 - I've seen and heard countless astounding jazz pianists. Yet this quiet, bespectacled, unpretentious soul remains my pianistic idol - the embodiment of sensitive swing.
I was fortunate to be introduced to Bill's sublime playing through my first piano teacher, the soulful Neil Butterworth, who kindly lent me Bill's divine 'Portrait In Jazz" on 10 inch vinyl way back in 1967. This to me was a musical and poetic revelation. Furthermore, Bill's brief solo on the Miles Davis classic "All Blues", from the benchmark 'Kind Of Blue' album, is arguably his finest. Upon every listening to this haunting track I hear something new.
There never has been nor ever will be another keyboard influence as compelling as Bill Evans. Thankyou too Neil 'Butsy' Butterworth!
great show, learned so much, wonderful personality and oh, the drums: what a drummer! thanx jazz for the show!
Has the ABC got interests in a saxophone factory?...Every time I turn on jazz,there is a saxophone blasting.
Hello ABC JAZZ
I notice your sibling station ABC FM is still persisting away with its dodo (fillin music @5.00pm) and is having to resort to spreading the word on your own networks to muster an audience.
Has the experiment worked? I figure there is even half the audience for this music as there is for Jazz.
Are you and the ABC able to save appearances and change back? No didn't think so.
Now I know that it's only been half a year since the give up but I am wondering where we will all be in 2 years.
My crystal ball is too murky to tell
We tried to start a Mal Stanley - Jazz Track "listen again", but nothing seems to work.
Jazz track - Mal Stanley was dropped out last year from Darwin from the normal starting time of 5pm (Darwin does not have digital radio). Having "listen again" is really appreciated but it needs to work.
Ian & Gayle
I believe the judges missed a great opportunity for the support of the future of music last Monday night. Tal Cohen's quartet certainly played in a very polished and professional manner but at the same time presented very conventional jazz in a format going back to the 50's. Cohen's plan to spend the prize money making an album with American musicians has also been done so many times.
On the other hand Peter Farrar and the Prophets were not nearly so polished but offered such a wonderful glimpse of what the music of the future might be. Peter's plan to use the prize money to continue his work with the Prophets on a more regular basis can only leave us wondering about the music we will now miss out on. What a disappointment.
I agree, please, please, please bring back Saturday and Sunday evening jazz on Classic FM Radio!!! These hours were the highlight of my week, and now they are lost....
As a young man, I was fortunate to see this outstanding musician live at Ronnie Scott's on the the same bill as the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. What a glorious night that was! Dynamic drummer Tony Oxley in his trio was in magnificently assertive form too.
Naturally - and no doubt like many others - I'll be purchasing these welcome releases with alacrity.
Hi I'd like to add another voice supporting the return of Jazztrack to Classic fm, In addition to sound quality, there was always the pleasure of driving with Jazztrack turned up taking us all to another world. Radio is such a simple pleasure, and as far as I know, Jazz is now totally unrepresented. Classic fm is now extremely boring at the weekend and I feel bereft.
Re Gian Slater & other Australian female jazz vocalists such as Shelly Scown - sorry about the likely spelling error.
Question:- why do so many of our singers have thin, reedy, little girl voices? Over the last decade plus the only Oz female jazz vocalists to capture my attention are Tina Harrod, Lily Dior and Christine Sullivan and Christine has vocal interests other than jazz. Sorry, Gian is the latest trigger for my comment. Cheers, Andrew
ps would love to hear some Les McCann from his Pacific Jazz years
String three Tords albums together and relax. That is all you need.
Tord is such a lyrical player and a beautiful composer. We missed him this year, so thanks for recording. - Jim Nash
OK Ivan you've had a good rest. How about releasing some compilation CDs a few times a year so you can keep sharing your wonderful taste in music with us and still treat it as a retirement hobby.
I drive a commuter bus in Canberra and many a time your choices have had my entire bus, up to 120 people, mesmerised even loads of teenagers on school runs.
Kindest regards, Sasha.
I love having ABC Jazz on tap 24 hours a day - so thanks to everyone concerned.
As they say, you can't please everyone all of the time but give Kurt Elling a rest. His grating, slightly off-key voice makes me hit the mute button every time.
south coast NSW
I really miss geniune and skillful world music, bring back the Weekend Planet. Jazztrack is yuppie garbage.
Those cats just flipped my bean lid
It's like Black Sabbath and Steely Dan had a beautiful child
CC is a man who can truly tame a piano! Looking forward to hearing this.
A joy live too. Saw/heard him at the beloved Village Vanguard.
In a world overloaded with guitarists representing numerous genres - and I've seen more than my share over many decades and continents - this man is both unique and technically brilliant while embracing his own style and sound. His live work at the beloved, sadly now closed, Bennett's Lane, will remain cemented in my musical memories. Julian demonstrated meaningful empathy with his fellow musicians knowing when to 'lay out' and respond appropriately. It's rarely easy for a guitarist to work alongside a pianist, yet Julian can do so with aplomb.
A quiet word now to those young 'hot' guitarists out there who mistakenly believe that exotic gadgetry is essential for individuality. Keep in mind that JL, when I saw him live, only used a standard Fender Telecaster with quite basic amplification.
Love his work incidentally with The New Gary Burton Quartet on the album "Common Ground". Get a copy!
A really great talent that is sadly missed ast the Espy and other venues
Looking forward to it. We saw him at Bennetts with Eric Harland's band.
This will be great! Saw Dave Douglas in Melbourne last year - was excellent.
Where can I buy this album?
They are fantastic! I just returned from New Orleans I just closed my eyes and I was back there.
I am Tal Cohen's aunt. I live in Israel and unfortunatly cant come to the compatition. I did not see Tal for 14 years . Wish him goodluck. How can i watch the compettion?
Amazing musician ,,,and educator...a must see.
Saw him once in the small room (I'm from Perth) I think it was Keller and Murphy, He filled the room with his warmth and humanity.
Further to my earlier post on the wonderful Alan Browne, may I add that it never ceased to amaze me and no doubt so many others, how he could adapt his drumming style to differing jazz genres. He could sound like 'Baby' Dodds in one context or Billy Higgins in another. Remarkable indeed.
Thanks again Alan.
Have heard some selections on ABC JAZZ recently & cannot believe her breathy version of YOU GO TO MY HEAD...........fabulous. Will endeavour to obtain her 3 CDs for playing on 99.3fm in CHATSWOOD.
Would hope that she does a live gig somewhere in SYDNEY.
A warm 'Thankyou' and hearty congratulations to all involved in putting together this superb festival.
Alan Browne was one of the most unique, spontaneous and colourful characters in Australian jazz. What a sudden and very sad loss. Like many others, I was looking forward to attending his closing session at Bennett's Lane later this evening. Looks like we'll all have to be patient until we meet him again in another lovelier time and place. Meanwhile, Alan's possibly jamming right now with the recently deceased Ornette Coleman or talking drums with Ed Blackwell!
And like others of my generation, I vividly recall AB working excitedly with the wonderful Red Onions. Delightful.
Thankyou Alan for your outstanding drumming, years of dedication and inspiring music, in addition to your quirky humour and whimsical philosophying.
Thanks for taking us on your jazz journey and your immensely personal contribution to the shaping of our Australian cultural identity. Indeed the spontaneity you brought to the art of creative music in Melbourne will leave a profound influence and lasting legacy on this ever evolving city. Much will be said about you in the jazz scene and the memories are huge. The nearness of your music will be present to all those with ears open and loving hearts. - Henk van Leeuwen
Mal...how 'way out' can you take Jazztrack?...I would like to know...(Could you play a track from both Eric Dolphy and Steve Lacy)...thanks...also, the show would be well received back on FM 92.9...
I entirely agree with all the thoughtful comments posted and commiserate with Jazztrack lovers in regional areas. Programmes are still being scheduled in Jazztrack's former timeslots on Sat & Sun. Where are the cost savings, I wonder? Most of ABC Jazz on digital radio sounds like pre-packaged, musak mush and the sound quality is very inferior to FM radio on my analogue equipment. Along with everyone else, I urge you to re-consider your actions and put Jazztrack back where it belongs.
Having disagreed with the removal of Jazzrrack from Classic FM, I am grateful for the new media player you now provide online. But it is still a tragedy not being able to simply turn on my living room Hi Fi system and listen in. Surely it is supposed to be the age of options technologicvally?
Yes I agree it a tragedy losing Jazztrack off Classic FM. It was a bad decision. As if we didn't have enough classical music ! Far too much and out of balance. Mal has a knack of giving his program a very particular sound and style, that ABC Jazz just doesn't produce for some reason. It's bland.
I just went to view the fabulous comments (here). Before I scrolled down I saw:
'Mal Stanley brings you the best jazz from Australia and around the world. On-air Saturday & Sunday at 5pm, repeated Tuesday & Wednesday at 2pm & 9pm.' ...My heart left for a brief moment thinking the ABC had realised that it had made a wrong decision...alas the page header had not been updated since December 2011. How I miss Jazz Track when it was at 5:00pm on Sunday FM, Being in the bush, I used to pour myself a whisky and settle in for some fabulous treats...now just a memory. Jazz track is out of reach on these city centric digital channels and I'm not much of a fan of film music.
He was more than a stalwart. Alan Browne was an inspiration and encouraged others. That alone is wonderful.
Please come back to ABCFM. Screen Sounds can take up the midnight RN shift.
RIP Ornette, saw him at the Opera House a few years ago, great and had three bass players with him. Saw him at Nottingham Playhouse in the late 1980s with Prime Cut. I reckon one of the top five gigs I have ever been to. Very challenging for some Ornette fans but I loved it. Especially the occasional cracked alto ballad or two in amongst the take no prisoners funk and psychedelia jazz. An amazing evening.
Hello. It's 5.48 PM in Perth and I'm trying to listen to Jazztrack. It's not available on the website to listen to right now. How long does it take to be uploaded to the site?
Super technique...genius! love him
... don't get Cecile's voice... made me think of opera singer having a shot at jazz vocal... not really enjoyable. Andrew
Tim played so well with the late Bern McGann on the 75th. Birthday Bash - A 'killer' performance by all the group, as players and as a unit: A personal favourite that screams 'The Real Deal' and makes me so proud to be an Aussie.
Thank you. The interview, interviewer and production was brilliant. Very high quality and authentic to JohnMc.
Joey DeFrancesco & Bobby Hutcherson - Somewhere in the Night ...
Super, Superb, Superlative. Thanks ABC JAZZ!
What a lyrical and beautiful rendition. So clever and haunting.
Had the privilege of being entertained by this consummate jazz artist , his band, guest performers & the MSO last night. Despite the era of the download, I have happily purchased all his CD's. My favourite jazz singer, vocalist, & "instrumental lyricist." - Steve Gomory
Hmmm depends if you discuss here Mingus>Shadows & Light period aided by Jaco Pastorius era ,then you might have a point . Besides she's poorly now lets hope she survives this awkward period.....
A tremendous post indeed!
Sounds like you were in exactly the same position I was. Incredible. I entered the world of classical music through that same 'back door'.
And like you, I've still got a vinyl copy of the same Brandenburg Concerto #5.
Cheers and happy listening always.
My first taste of this eagerly anticipated cd. How beautiful to see this great artist travel on his musical journey. I feel blessed to be able to enjoy it.
An extraordinary musician who continues to ignore boundaries.
I first became interested in classical music - via the proverbial back door - as a youth, through listening to his explorations of the glorious music of J.S. Bach. The older recordings of his original trio with Christian Garros and Pierre Michelot remain old favourites. Furthermore, I still have a vinyl version of his trio playing Bach's Brandenberg Concerto #5 with the LSO. Great. Since those long past days, I've continued to listen to some Bach on almost a daily basis. Classical music without Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, would be like jazz without Miles, Trane and Monk!
Cheers to all,
Yes! I saw Kurt at Wangaratta a few years back. Glad he's back in Australia. Can't wait to hear this set!
I've just spent some time going through the many thoughtful comments regarding the movement of Jazztrack from ABC Classic FM.
Those involved with ABC programme scheduling really should take note. There is a great deal of genuine dissatisfaction out there. To my knowledge, there has never been a proper explanation given for these unpopular changes. Furthermore, I'm still terribly disappointed that Gerry Koster's marvellous programme, Jazz Up Late, no longer exists.
Those of you who regularly read jazz news via these pages will likely be aware of how much I love, appreciate, honour and regularly contribute comments on this sublime art form termed jazz, that we know, play and love. (I'm an amateur musician and collector who has been keenly following jazz for well over fifty of my sixty-five years.)
Additionally, I'm an enthusiastic ABC supporter overall, whose car radio is always tuned to ABC Classic FM.
Therefore, for me to make any negative remarks is indeed a rarity and doubtless a surprise; I certainly wouldn't be doing so without careful consideration and sound reason.
Please listen to your faithful, devoted listeners.
yesterday I heard the jazz outfit Soundgun and have since been listening to the recording that ABC Jazz did in 2010. Is there a CD of this recording or is it available on download?
I look forward to your response.
Joni Mitchell is NOT jazz.
i caught the talking jazz program at 2 o'clock this afternoon. it was fabulous, interesting, and there was some great music played. however, i can't find anywhere on your website that tells me who the talkers were. it shows the program last week and the program next week - but not today's. please help (and also advise how i can find current program info). thank you.
Pianist on Errols last track? dont remember
Havent heard this for many years. Awesome and what a player
This incredible track immediately brought me back to the Godfather that is Miles Davis. Huge congratulations!
Another wonderful discovery from this station. I just can't get enough of the great jazz journey!
This is a lovely version of 1 of my favorite songs. I love learning new music from ABC Jazz!
Heard "Flight of the Broken Wing" this morning. thought it was Jaques Louisser Trio -really enjoyed this track. Would like to buy but can't find on Amazon. Any clues?
I love this station. From the geniuses of the past to the present day... This station constantly teaches me about new artists.
If you want to wine about albums of the week or the sublime Kurt Elling, stop listening. Change stations or listen to your own choice in the privacy of your own space. Jazz is such a magnificent and varied genre that comparing Kurt Elling to Frank Sinatra is pointless. There is room for all!
*****Wow, What a lovely flautist! 'Never heard this fellow before: I wiill rectify this sad state of affairs, lickety-split!
Bill McBurnie, Yes Indeed!*****
Along with so much of his other output, I particularly remain in awe of Gil's sublime work with Miles on "Sketches Of Spain", despite first hearing this astonishing recording way back in the sixties as a wonderstruck youth.
Back in the seventies a jazz-loving colleague, Neil, kindly introduced me to "Svengali", another musical treat. (Thanks again Neil if you're reading this.)
Graeme Lyall is indeed a worthy inclusion in the 'Hall of Fame'. Congratulations to all other winners.
Would I please receive the details for "Jazz Hands Competition", I cannot find it on the site. Many thanks M-J
Thanks Mal for the most welcome segment on the great Graeme Lyall during Saturday's Jazztrack.
His outstanding contributions to jazz over the years in terms of arranging, playing and educating, are immeasurable. I can't recall precisely when I first encountered his sublime musicianship, but many many years back I was enthralled listening to his passionate rendition of "When Sunny Gets Blue". What a performance. (Apparently Graeme is also quite a dab hand at the piano. Some years back I worked alongside his nephew, a keen music lover too, who mentioned this.)
Thankyou Graeme and keep on keeping on!
This programming and Jazztrack saga is unbelievable.
1.This program is supposed to be broadcast here in WA at between 5-7pm weekends, but does anyone think that this is happening? No. Listening to Mal and the program was something to look forward to during our weekend sundowners, including his 'what's on where' segment, and we miss it. In our location we can't receive digital radio (I checked) and the sound quality through the TV of any jazz is way less than we are used to. Not happy.
2. I also noticed that the website has been redesigned and looks pretty, but the functionality is - in my opinion - poor: where are the program times to be found? Where can I confirm what the broadcast times (in WA) for Jazztrack, or any other ABC Jazz program without having to resort to Googling that question? Dearieme, what a mess.
I couldn't agree more with this reflection by Mal. I've been going for about 15 years and have seen so many inspirational nights with local, interstate and international artists. I think it captured everything good about jazz - the intimacy, the improvisation, the rapport with the audience and the amazing spirit of the place even when there weren't many people. I recall one Sunday night when Tim Stevens and his trio were playing and by the time they got to the end I was the only person left as they did their last piece. But they still did it and were superb as always. It would be really good if by some chance Megg and Jeremy came up with an alternative...
That is such sad news. Coming from interstate, Bennet's Lane was a "must attend"
Having been fortunate enough to have enjoyed outstanding jazz at superb clubs from New York, to London, to Seoul, along with numerous other destinations, I can safely declare that iconic Bennett's Lane stands proudly with the best of them. How favoured we've been to have such an exceptional establishment offering such wonderful music for the past couple of decades. Its closure will be a sad loss, not only to jazz, but to Melbourne's arts and culture scene in general.
Thankyou too Mal Stanley for your meaningful comments.
Piano legend Bob Sedergreen will present a master class in the Old Castlemaine Gaol on Saturday 6 June 2015.
The master class is part of the Castlemaine Jazz Festival on Queen's Birthday Weekend, 5-7 June.
We've heard Justin in about 10 venues since he was a young college student. Not only is he very talented, he's also a great young man with very high moral standards.Knew he was destined for greatness.Joanne Van Riper
It must be Sunday night and sure enough, shortly after Jazz Track ends, along comes Jimmy Smith, regular as clockwork! Hey you guys...we're beginning to wonder whether ABC Jazz programmers just stick on the Sunday MP3 rather than putting any thought/effort into their content!
What a lovely program, Jess. Your show just gets better and better!
Keep up the good work.
Gender balance on the judging panel would bring the Bells into the modern world.
I am grateful for the Bell awards but why are there no women on the judging panel. Really are you saying there aren't enough women who would have a clue. I can happily supply you with a list if you want it.
always a great show. Lately it has become frustrating that the show is split over 2 nights on RN and the same show is broadcast on ABC-Jazz. What is more frustrating is that like most other RN programs there is a podcast option. Jazz Track does not have this option and the weekly program stream rarely works in the latest version of the Chrome browser to play on demand. Come on guys, sort this stuff out! If the Music Show (RN) can Podcast their 2hr program in segments every week why can't the producers do the same here? Please organise the website / webpage also (its very fragmented at the moment) love the show, but please sort this out,
regards Greg Nelson
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Hi Jessica, Julian Argüelles here. Just wanted to thank you for playing a track from the new CD "Let it be Told". It's out 27th April. My manager, and wife, Cathie Rae will be hooking up with the Australian stand at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany (www.jazzahead.de) this month too. I hope to tour in Australia in 2016 / 17 with my quartet, Tetra.
Best wishes from London.
I do agree that there are not enough women in this area of music, however I must point out that the Mothership Orchestra has had women in their ranks in past performances on trombone, trumpet and vocals. Also, the second set of this particular concert featured composer Maria Schneider leading the band and performing her music.
She is one of the best jazz singers I have ever heard in Australia is one of the most beautiful songs sung with much soul.
It's called the old one two.
First my favorite radio show gets shifted to the Cinderella hour on AM and then Netflix is launched ensuring that my broadband feed, which was working fine 6 weeks ago, is now slow as treacle and I can't listen online.
Thanks Mr Turnbull!
Shame Perth misses out (Again!)
Are there really NO women interested in playing this kind of music? A 17 piece ensemble without a single woman in it? I'm a jazz lover, a woman and a musician, and it's sad to see that in 2015 jazz is still such a man's world. Even our outstanding players such as Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans, Matha Baartz and Felicity Proben are relegated to the 'Women's' jazz festivals, as though we are not quite up to playing at THE jazz festivals. So tired of this!
I was at the Havana International Jazz Festival in December last year and brought home some recordings of some really interesting progressive musicians in Cuba. Just wondering if you were interested in listening to them or putting them somewhere on your show
Love the ABC, but why did you take Jazztrack away from the weekend 5-7 pm slot. It makes jazz harder to find at a reasonable hour.
TRIO....CD 1? JUST WONDERFUL.
Hi Jessica and ABC Jazz team, Thank you for playing "Meu Lugar" from my first original album "Bossa Nova Baby". It's a pleasure to be part of the ABC Jazz program list. Bossa Nova Kisses, Juliana : )
Dear old Auntie
It's nice to see you moving with the times going digital, dumbing down, cutting services, not providing adequate explanations, hyping up what’s left with Ad speak.
It is not just jazz that will suffer but it is the whole broader music industry; recording, live venues, entrepreneurs, events, who will feel the flow on effects of limited exposure to jazz and modern/contemporary musics on FM. Because it is through cross pollenisation of musical styles, that germinates new growth and stimulation. Many young people would, as they become more aware of music's breadth gravitate to jazz and classical music as a natural progression in musical awareness. Music is one Universe; it just can't happen all at once. Classical music will continue to lose more ground and relevance as you corral styles like jazz into their own box.
Advance Australia Fair.
Thanks ABC (irony), for moving Jazztrack out of my reach!! For many years my wife and I have tuned in to Jazztrack to catch a bit of sanity from the air waves, but no more. It had become a much loved weekend activity accompanied by a glass or two. Living in “the bush” exludes me from using digital radio and we are not allowed to record a podcast for later enjoyment. So I guess it's back to the old days sitting around the computer listening through rather crappy speakers and being frustrated by digital drop-outs. Thanks again, ABC. Cheers. Earl Broadbent.
Can't wait for this! thanks for playing
Love this tune.
Do bring back JazzTrack to a friendly time for listening.
Great track great guitar and very good drums, love it
I know it's along time ago but Jazztrack recorded Danilo Rea solo and live in Melbourne several years ago and played a few of the tracks. I remember the performance in the concert space near the Ian Potter Gallery fondly and wondered if it would be possible to play the finale where I think he simultaneously played I've Got Rhythm and Here Comes The Sun, but it might have been other tracks.
I think the link to the bio may be wrong.Try this:
I was listening on Saturday night and I'm sure I heard a track where the musician introduced a tune with words something like "If you try to dance to this you are crazy" . I have listened to the podcast but couldn't seem to hear the track. Was it in the show? It was definitely Jazz and late on Saturday. I wish I could email directly.
Luminous playing. Found myself asking
"Who is this???!"
Looking forward to this
As Anonymous said above, please go back to ABC Classic FM. The Weekend Planet was the best music program I have heard anywhere in my 47 years on this planet. I discovered so many genius world musicians thanks to Doug Spencer. I refer you to Frank Zappa's comments on jazz. As for mine, it is bland, head up it's own arse music.
I used to listen to Jazz Track on Fm radio and have not bothered since it's demise there. I have yet to listen again Online. However Jazz Up Late was always my favourite; I would welcome it's Resurrection much more.
ABC FM is stuck in the Middle Ages and going nowhere fast; I have stopped listening completely. Spotify is Light Years better.
Please come back to Classic FM.
We miss you.
So the passing of more adventurous jazz happens again! What plans in the ABC for continuing the important work that Jazz Up Late has done, of introducing the edgier spectrum of jazz to a wider audience? A big loss to the jazz community in Australia.
Where is Jerry foster? Hope you havent buried him along with j up late!
George Leishman Pt Lonsdale Vic
Looking forward to hearing this immensely.
Esteemed music writer Richard Cook, has this to say about the wonderful Clark Terry in his Jazz Encyclopedia:
"Nobody ever says a bad word about Clark Terry. As a brass player, bandleader, mentor and spokesman for jazz music, he is incomparable."
Guess that sums up this delightful jazz gentleman beautifully.
Delighted to hear another South Korean, Sunny Kim, on the programme. I'm a great enthusiast for Asian jazz. (How happy I am knowing I'll be back in her part of the world very soon. Naturally, I'll be regularly tuning in to ABC Jazz/Jazztrack on line.) Interesting to hear two dynamic, award-winning pianists - Matt McMahon and Joseph O'Connor - were featured back to back too. These guys should both be taken on by ECM.
Thanks Mal Stanley.
How sad that this lovely man and outstanding musician has only just passed away.
However he certainly led a colourful meaningful life, inspiring others while generating warm fuzzy feelings in our grim world. There must be another joyous jam session going on in those Elysian Fields right now!
Thanks for the smiles Mr Terry.
have tuned in since about 6:00 Sunday 22 Feb.
As always, a fantastic set and enormous thanks for putting it together.
not at all too atmospheric!!
especially at high volume and a brooding sky over Port Phillip Bay!
I find it difficult to believe it's approaching three years since Graeme passed on but his legacy continues and I'm sure there are many fans like me still enjoying his recordings. Listening again to that marvellous Duesseldorf concert mentioned in my last posting, I was transported back to that time and imagined myself sitting in the Hall where it took place. Graeme's music was the first time jazz had been played there as it was mainly reserved for more sedate classical music but the enthusiastic reception to that exuberant output probably meant it would not be the last time. Since my earlier comments, I have visited the site where the building once stood but this has been rebuilt and incorporated within a modern complex although I managed to acquire a photograph of the original interior to give me an idea of how it was in 1951. Unfortunately, I have been unable to locate anyone with memories of the occasion which is perhaps not surprising as it was more than 63 years ago. It's worth remembering that it was brother Roger Bell who was responsible for persuading Graeme to take up jazz and enjoy the tremendous success which followed. The Graeme Bell Jazz Band's music of those days will remain among my favourites for as long as I live and I only wish I could have seen them. Incidentally, Big Bill Broonzie who accompanied the band on that tour was a great performer and I saw him in my home town here in England when he appeared on the same programme as the Chris Barber Jazz Band. I actually went to see the latter which was top of the bill but Broonzie absolutely stole the show, practically making his guitar talk and captivating the audience. Happy days indeed. Unfortunately, the BBC no longer plays the sort of music we trad jazz lovers would like to hear so it is good to have records, cds, tapes etc which can be played any time. We have lost several jazzmen in recent years, the latest being the very popular Acker Bilk (85) and I would still like to know if any of Graeme's original Band are still around. Perhaps someone can let me know either through this website or via my email address as shown in my first submission to it.
Best wishes to all in Australia.
love your voice
Bises de Paris
such a beutiful song and so perfectly interpreted and sung.
Why has the audio for this program expired so quickly?
Love this recording. Thanks for playing :)
Listening to Ernie's stellar album "Reaching Up" as I'm writing this. Enthusiastically recommended. Having seen him live on a couple of occasions let me assure you this man's got chops! His musical tastes are obviously in order too. By the way, his live playing with the Stones is cracking.
I just had time to listen to your Monk edition and I wonder if you ever have heard of David Helbock Random/Control. This Austria Jazz trio dives deep into Monk's work and arranged it in a special way. The label Traumton release the CD Think Of Two with a couple of new arranged and modulated Monk tunes like Round Midnight and Pannonica. Well this a very contemporary approach to Monk I have to admit even using an alphorn and a cracked down alphorn as a didgeridoo.
Greatings from Germany ferdinand dupuis-panther Jazz'halo
Upps, I made some mayor mistakes in my first comment. Great stuff I heard at your program I wanted to state and write but didn't.
Greetings from Germany
ferdinand dupuis panther
I was quite stunned to hear Mo'Blow at ABC Jazz. Well, I had the chance to interview Felix Falk and Matti Klein just before the upcoming Jazzdays at Emsdetten a town close to the university city Münster. From time to time I follow your program depening of my spare time. Get stuff I heard so far. Greetings from Germany. ferdinand
Two hours of jazz on two weekend evenings? This is too much. Please get the jazz back onto Classic FM and leave RN for talk, news background, science magazine, history and the other things it's great for. Spend the 2 hours playing blended extracts from Big Ideas, Religion and Ethics Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra, Hindsight and so on. I respect that people want to hear jazz, but it shouldn't be on RN.
Love the show!
Thank heavens you got rid of the weekend lobotomy music!
Why no podcast? How useless is that?
Woooo! Blue-Eyed Hawk, this is special. Play more please!
Further to my earlier comment on Froy Aagre, the following brief video clip might be of further interest:
Froy Aagre og Offbeat pa God Morgen Norge
(No doubt a very pleasant breakfast programme in that part of the world.)
The sensitive cymbal work on this sublime piece will possibly enthrall a few drummers out there.
Those clever Scandinavians, with unique sounds and a musical approach as hypnotic as the sublimely pristine region from which they emanate, never cease to astonish with their insightful approach to this glorious art form we celebrate. If like me, you've been fortunate to have spent some time in that extraordinary part of the world, when you hear the sounds you see the pictures.
Would you please do your best to stream this audio at a listenable bitrate, which will not cause any legal difficulties. Is there any technical difficulty involved?
Essential, interesting and highly enjoyable listening for all Monk devotees and those who'd like to further familiarise themselves with his beguiling sounds.
Not to be missed.
Ravi is a fine son to a great man. Like you, I've relished the pleasure of hearing Ravi live. (At the Iridium in NYC with a sensational support band which included drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts with Billy Childs on piano.) Ravi is very much his own man, producing his own sound.
Power to him.
The audio streams at the current bitrate are unlistenable. Please at least offer a 256 or 320 kbps audio stream for this program.
Would you please offer a better bitrate than the miserable 128 kbps currently used for streaming this material. It is unlistenable at this bitrate.
Can anyone help me out here. I can download other RN & Classic FM programs to my desktop and listen later with RealPlayer. Why is this option not provided for this program? Please consider returning Jazz Track to FM in the early evening on Saturdays and Sundays.
Not Happy ABC
Why can't we hear the "new" (and damn annoying it is too) Mal Stanley programme via my computer here in Hervey Bay?
I can only tune into Just Jazz, NO Mal and the disembodied "voice" doing the promo. Please let me know when, where (if it IS possible) to get Mal's new show in Qld - my brother can in Sydney - we can't!
Dear Jazztrack, while many listeners are very disappointed that Jazztrack has moved to RN and run at an inhospitable time slot it is even more disappointing that I also cannot download and listen to the latest episode. Other programs on the RN site can be downloaded fine but not for Jazztrack.
Agree with JannoM and LikeJazz,
No Mal, no explanation. Seems ABC can happily ignore listeners, especially those of use in the country where internet access is poor. I wait with baited breath to see whether Jazztrack will be on this evening.
It is unlistenable because it has been compressed to 128 kbps.
I am not computer illiterate but I have NOT been able to play Jazz track through this website since it moved from ABC classic FM. This is rubbish.
Jazztrack did not air today, so we have not heard this program. Does anyone know why?
How do u hear this in S A in the brave new world?
I agree with Janno M.
Missing Mal from Classic FM, now no Jazztrack and no explanation.
Very unhappy- let's remove Mark Scott and return Mal and Jazztrack to Classic FM.
I also want to know what's happened to Jazztrack tonight. Not on digital TV as promised. Not pleased that it's disappeared off Classic FM either.
Max in Adelaide.
Why isn't Jazz Track on tonight please? We switched on our digital radio at 5pm and were disappointed as it's just the usual ABC jazz and no Mal Stanley.
I was lucky to see Ravi Coltrane live recently (January) at the Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC.
As with Strike Up the Band, and now JazzTrack ABC Classic FM seems to be retrieving into some arcane world of its own although there seems to be some inconsistency here as the Saturday programme of JazzTrack is being replaced by yet music from the cinema slot. Phil Sametz (sic) is good though. Nice style.
Well thanks a bloody lot ABC, runing my Saturday and Sunday evenings, cooking to azztrack BOOO!!!
Thank you Mal and ABC support staff for Jazztrack and for continuing in the groove of Jim McLeod and the great Arch McKirdy!
But, PLEASE BRING BACK SATURDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING JAZZTRACK TO ABC CLASSIC FM!
Digital is not a suitable carrier for this programming. It is not even able to be received in all parts of Sydney, let alone more remote locations.
Many of us are unable to afford to replace all our analogue receivers and speakers with digital equipment. I purchased a digital radio (expensive Sony) for a bedroom, but the sound is very tinny. My main radio listening is through a good set of analogue equipment in my living room. Please bring back jazz into my life.
Totally agree! Thought it may have been similar to the likes Dave Weckl, Mike Stern or even Spyro Gyra.
Dear 'ABC Jazz'
Don't thank us for our comments and feedback. Have a look at how disappointed, annoyed, bereft and outraged your listeners now are.
The least that could be done to remedy this is to post the streamed programs on this web page in 256 kbps, 320 kbps and/or as an MP3 podcast at the same sampling resolution(s). That way regional Australia and anyone else online can still access high-quality audio, albeit at a trickle in many places. This should replace or be offered in parallel with the miserably compressed, recessed, muffled and dead-sounding 128 kbps streams that are (pointlessly) here.
Still furious at these senseless and destructive changes to the presentation of an excellent program.
I am furious at the changes in timeslot and program streaming quality.
The previous timeslot on ABC FM could not have been better timed for the nature of the program.
This page's archived streams are appalling. You also gave no notice about how and where previous broadcasts were now being archived - they have moved from
to the page I am commenting on now without _any_ information on the previous page pointing to them. Updates to that page simply stopped, again without any explanation or warning.
The streams on this page are of disgustingly poor audio quality. They must have been encoded at 128 kbps or less. They are muffled, recessed and their dynamic range is ultra-compressed. They are impossible to extract easily from the page and play on other software.
WTF are you doing ABC? You seem to be determined to ruin something precious to me and many other listeners.
We have been been listening to your programs for a long time, first on PBS then on ABC. Now it is with some sadness that we listened to your final Jazz-Up-Late program. Thank you for the many years that you put this outstanding program together. We could not always listen live, but made sure to catch up through "Listen again". You introduced us to many artists and records that are now part of our collection. Unfortunately, this type of music is hard to find on any other radio channel (we haven't found one yet). Therefore, we see the demise of this program as a loss to the Jazz community and hope that a similar program is just around the corner.
Thank you so much for the music and wishing you all the best,
Why has JazzTrack been moved from the FM band and relegated to a very late time-slot on RN on the weekend? This programming decision does not make sense and judging from other comments, listeners are having reception problems in regional areas on the AM band. I and my friends enjoyed listening to the JazzTrack early evening on Saturday and Sundays. Please return JazzTrack to its original time spot on the FM band. It is really sad to see on many fronts what is happening to our ABC.
We are devastated at the loss of Jazztrack from ABC FM. The time slot at Radio National is too late for us, listening on the computer is unsatisfactory, also the TV and we do not have digital radio reception. Please please bring it back, we have been listening for years. Thanks to Mal Stanley for a great show, what can we do to get it back?
Sue and Ken.
I listened to jazztrack whilst on my evening weekend shifts driving buses in Canberra. My passengers were exposed to a lot of great jazz whilst tuned in to the ABC on my radio. That is no more thanks to the decision to take it away from classic Fm. Very, very dissapointed in the decision. A very poor decision.
I have recently tried to look up Nat Bartsch's web site and it appears to have been deleted.
A friend told me that she has taken 'leave of absence' from the jazz scene.
Is this so?
Three cheers to Mal Stanley for sounding so optimistic in the promo about the 'challenge' of Jazztrack's new timeslot of 11pm Sat and Sun on ABC Radio National.
After existing in stereo and at the friendly time of 5-7pm for so many years on Classic, (who can forget the joy of having a bevvie, preparing the evening meal and listening in!) his optimism is the only bright spot in what is surely a ridiculous decision by someone to 'bury' one of the best programs. You just have to ask "why, oh Why?"
I am dismayed that Jazztrack has been removed from the weekend Classic FM timeslots 5-7pm. This is a fabulous show that I liked to listen to whilst having a relaxing drink and preparing the weekend evening meals. Please return Jazztrack to its previous slot on Classic FM. ABC Classic FM is becoming more conservative in its programming. I noticed in the last year that the music choice on Classic FM Drive has changed too - a more narrow music focus. And Background Briefing has been axed! What is happening to our ABC?
I loved the way Tony Williams played drums.
a great voice - not heard enough!
Are we no longer able to listen again via Real player?
I really like how the Listen Again player is on the same page as the track list and show information. No more pop ups and excessive windows to click through! Thanks
Looks like I missed a treat..
Is there a chance this could go up for 'listen again' - again?
Thanks and regards
I've got to tell you that I really missed jazztracks on the weekend. Saturday and Sundays at 5pm. ABC classic FM. That's where Jazztracks belongs.
Please ABC, find somewhere else to save a couple of $$ and bring it back to its rightful place...
Now that wasn't so bad was it? I don't know what all the fuss was about.
Now the ABC has a lovely program on Saturday evening for the more sedate and perception ally challenged, of those among us. Oh dear, I am willing to wager right now that this program is doomed. 16 weeks possibly at this time slot. It would be much better in the "Up Late" time slot for insomnia sufferers.
I had to have a try on the telly to hear the new sound quality. Now considering my iTunes program on the mac has as its lowest offering for ripping (making of) mp3's at a data rate of 128 Kbps the Digital TV rate is 92 Kbps MONO- in other words well under half of iTunes lowest STEREO through put of bits and in practice probably 1/4 the sound quality.
Sure enough it's about equal to playing back a recording of Radio National program (AM radio-wide band) off of a cassette. Now both cassette and RN can sound quite good at their best so no disrespect to them, but you get the idea that it's a bit ordinary.
So I went to Harvey Norman's main Adelaide store to try a DAB+ tuner, but to my surprise they did not have one example in stock. "We don't sell them" I was told by the salesman, while he was pointing to a Bush Transistor radio "these are the best we have".
I ended up buying a new stylus for my record player, and by 5.00pm it was fitted and the radiogram was pumping out the hottest jazz I've heard from it in ages.
So no, no fuss at all, I didn't miss a thing.
For info on Jazz and events I check out Jazz SA, Jazz Australia and Down Beat.
I have now made the separation and moved on. I certainly don't want to become part of your new trend in social media and programming by popular opinion. What a can of worms, so best left to those who have yet to get a life if that's what you need to do to create interest and viability, the whole standard of music will predictably become mundane and SMOOOOTH.
Regional Australia abandoned! Thank you Jane Atkinson and Steven Lewis for sharing your dismay at ABC abandoning what used to work so well for jazz lovers. Seems like the city-centric decision makers just don't understand what an important role radio plays when it is the only channel of communication with the rest of the world. You would hope that these Sydney-centric media bogans (shame on you) would understand that there is no coverage for digital radio out here where there is no phone or TV coverage. But it seems they don't.
Best wishes to those that share a love of refined ideas... Simon Pockley (Warrumbungles).
Please reinstate Jazztracks on previous timeslots. Jazz can be seen as classical, at least as crossover, very frequently, and we regular classics listeners enjoy the mix. Can't tell you how much we enjoyed a Saturday pre-dinner drink with Mal, and now he's been relegated to gone to Oh-God-O-Clock, or fiddle around with the internet when you're trying to use it for something else, so it restarts all the time.. Didn't do this on purpose because of the election this weekend did you?
To whom it may concern;
PLEASE bring back Jazz Up Late with Jerry Koster...the time slot was perfect and the accessibility on FM Radio was handy...Not everyone has a digital radio or access to one, when listening to jazz on the ABC...ABC Classic FM have, in one clean swoop, eliminated a vast intelligent listener base, by removing ALL jazz programming from Classic FM and not understood the variety Jazz Up Late would have had to ABC Jazz Digital...Why on earth has Jazz Up Late been canned...after 8 solid years! A very many jazz listener and musician needed this show! It was new, often confronting musically and always educational. I believe ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz Digital have successfully alienated a major section of their listener audience by not appreciating the significance of Jazz Up Late and should bring back Jazz Up Late or a programme of comparative equal significance, before the damage to the listener base to Jazz music at ABC is irreparable! Jazz Up Late really complimented the mostly mainstream jazz presented at ABC radio...Insane decision to remove Jazz Up Late...AT LEAST! it could have moved to ABC Jazz!...intelligent management call(where was the market research)...word of mouth is the greatest fatal knife to any organisation...even Government funded? orgs such as the ABC! BRING BACK THE SHOW!...Nice!
Steven Lewis-Jazz Educator and Musician.
Can something be done about the quality of this new 'Play Audio' option? The volume varies erratically and it is not possible to 'sit back and enjoy' the program, as you have to constantly twiddle the volume and tone..
wonderful music and so special to hear a musician that's new to us. Thank you for sourcing this album.
Seems that non-major-capital cities jazz lovers are left out in the cold. No digital service available, and listening on my computer is not exactly the way one wants to enjoy jazz..... ABC FM is available in most areas, so why this action to cut us off? and replace it with colorless middle of the road 'movies music'? - even classics fans (and I do listen to a lot of classics - yes on ABCFM) will not be pleased ! Makes no sense at all, and does nothing for customer relations.
I love this version of January but it sounds somewhat different to the version on the album I have. Maybe I'm wrong...?
How do I listen to Jazztrack now it has been removed from ABC Classic FM? I used to listen to it in my car, or in my workshop, or around the garden. I used to be able to do all of these, but without spending a large amount of money to replace my three radios, one of my favourite programs is now unavailable to me. Did ABC management consider this sort of effect on it's audience? Or do they really care?
(In Australia the abbreviation for mathematics is 'maths')
Very sad that Jazz up late has been decommissioned. A programme that offered a spectrum of what was happening in Jazz old and new.... Gerry Coster's presentation style is exemplary and demonstrated both a passion and great knowledge of the music. Will have to listen elsewhere to remain current possibly Jazz on 3 from the BBC with Jez Nelson http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tt0y -. Don't really want a diet of mainstream ... seem to remember (albeit commercial radio) JazzFM in UK - London and Manchester - no audience so we were fed a diet of smooth jazz and soul.
Where now will we hear the likes of Jamie Ohlers, Paul Grabowsky et al and also the leading lights from USA and European scenes? We like to be challenged!
fabulous album - thanks for playing.
I am not happy with the decision to take jazz track from radio national.
Although I live in suburban Melbourne I do not use digital radio.
Another lost listener. Peter C.
Dear ABC Jazz progamming department,
Please check that you have not selected shuffle/repeat mode for "Thou Swell" as it was played twice within the last hour! This piece may be fabulous yet it is played so frequently it is annoying! Seemingly every time we switch ABC Jazz on we can guarantee to hear this well-worn piece together with "Young Man" and a few oft repeated others. We love listening to good jazz - but have you heard of the 'ear-worm' phenomenon?
Oh my god, it's back to the future. Less modern creative music in Australia again- just like it was in Australia under the Menzies Government. Church on Sunday morning roast for lunch, no Pubs open and no FM jazz, no noise from the radiogram created by Charles Mingus or Stockhausen, to corrupt our precious little dears.
The fact of the matter is, that the powers that be, from the Government down to the ABC management do not want their precious Classical music station perverted with Jass music. They would rather run musicals (from the 50's) instead.
I am waiting for Country Hour followed by Religion at 6.00 on Sunday nights.
Who is prepared to fork out $400 on average for a DAB+ radio tuner when we already have perfectly good FM tuners. Then if we finally succumb to purchasing a DAMB- tuner, what guarantee is there that it will receive the digititus anyway. If your in a valley between two hills, in the country, behind a large building, etc your reception might just be "0" no 1's will get there.
Now I'm going to watch Bandstand, Goodnight ABC
Jazz Up Late presented by Jerry Koster in my opinion was an asset to the ABC. Most of the jazz music presented was fresh, useful and necessary for any serious listener and musician learning about jazz music. Jazz Up Late needed to be retained and moved to ABC Jazz NOT decommissioned to save a few dollars!. The general listeners and select programing management so comfortable barfing down the usual predictable serving from the bowel of ABC Classic FM will find a meal now lacking in essential musical vitamins now Jazz Up Late...after 8 solid years...has been axed! I am saddened and dismayed by this.
Once again Radio National is not National!!!!!! For those of us who live in the country where Digital Radio is not and probably never will be available we are now denied Mal Stanley's Jazz track.
Why is it presumed that either downloading or having it broadcast via a TV will replace the pleasure of listening directly from the radio?
We do not wish to sit in front of the TV or be in hearing distance of the TV from 5 to 7 as we are still working either on the property or in the studio, far away from inside the house.
Why is it always the city people who are advantaged in the determination of how programs shall be broadcast? Just because we live in the country it does not mean we are uncultured and uneducated.
I would predict you will loose many listeners by your decision and wonder how many more programs will be taken away from those without digital facilities?
Mel Stanley should have checked who was the compere of MusicTill midnight he being Arch McKirdy
Prefer Jazztrack to continue on Sat & Sun 5-7 on classic FM. Regional Australia doesn't have digital radio. Thank heavens for Community Radio in Bellingen & Coffs Harbour, I will get Jazz at a reasonable hour from them.
Re Jazz Track re 10/01/2115
Re Gerry Koster
The correct compere of Music Till Midnight was Arch McKirdy
The compeer of Music Till Minight wave Arch McIrdy
What we need is a (late evening) nightly "Arch McKirdy Relax with Me" type programme as he used to present for years on "Your ABC".......please? I am sure there is a good size potential audience for this type of programme if it was given the chance to listen.
Very sorry to see Jazz Up Late finish , would prefer Jazztrack to continue on Classic FM .
Just heard this interpretation. It resonated as perfect!
Had to search it up and hear it again.
Just heard this. It resonated as perfect!. Went to search it up, got to hear it again!
Julia Messenger will be hosting her second Sunday Soiree in her private studio in Brunswick on the 25th January at 5pm. Julia will be accompanied by award winning jazz pianist Andrea Keller and tickets include a complimentary champagne and nibbles for a relaxing sunday of song and conversation with Julia.
You can read a review of the first soiree and find tickets on Julia's website www.juliamessenger.com.
Feel free to get in touch if you would like more info or a track or two!
Hi Gerry (and readers!),
Julia Messenger will be hosting her second Sunday Soiree in her private studio in Brunswick on the 25th January at 5pm. Julia will be accompanied by award winning jazz pianist Andrea Keller and tickets include a complimentary champagne and nibbles for a relaxing sunday of song and conversation with Julia.
Feel free to get in touch if you would like more info or a track or two!
Thoroughly enjoyed last nights programme, especially the piece from London, remastered about 1972. I forget the name, any chance of playing that again. We always enjoy your choice of music.
This is really fabulous.
As a regular listener to ABC Classic 92.9 jazz programmes I am appalled by the decision, in response to the Federal Government's cuts to the ABC, which were specifically contra-indicated in Tony Abbott's pre-election address, to take Gerry Koster's Friday night Jazz Up Late off the air. This makes well nigh impossible the accessing of a great swathe of contemporary, archive and overseas jazz which is essential for the dedicated listener to appreciate the scope of the music.
Freddie Hill, Musician & educator
what would we do without ABC jazz on digital radio
Did I hear correctly that Jazz Up Late is to be discontinued? I really hope it's not true - there's nothing else like it anywhere! What about the artists and their music that Gerry plays, they won't get aired anymore?
Jef Neve is brilliant.
What a time of life that would have been, looking forward to hearing this show tonight for sure.
Loved this - will look for the album!
... can't find thurs. nite live repeat day and time? so, when is it??
A truly sensational big band! Had the pleasure of hearing them live at Ronnie Scott's in London eons ago. Was awestruck throughout, and as an added bonus, the John Taylor Trio preceded them with Tony Oxley in savage form on drums. Tip: Do whatever it takes to obtain a copy of "Central Park North', then skip into the take on 'Jive Samba'. Prepare for goosebumps.
heard some christmas jazz between 10.45 and 11.00am, WA time, on 24.12 2014. just wondering if some of this stuff is available for purchase in stores near me. Cheers and season's greetings.
I first fully encountered Tony's breathtaking drumming after purchasing the Miles Davis "Sorcerer" album on glorious vinyl for $5.95 back in 1968, if my memory is correct. Consequently I began to see hear new possibilities within my old four piece Premier drum kit, got hold of some better cymbals - Paiste as I recall - and began re-thinking my approach to drumming. No doubt there were countless other aspiring drummers around the world doing exactly the same thing back then. Thanks Mr Williams.
Simply Fabulous! What a magnificent player who has battled the odds and is at the top of his game.
Thank You Tom!
Is ABC Jazz being paid to play "A young man"?
it seems to be on permanent rotate - I can honestly say I haven't gone for more than a week without hearing it for quite some time. Surely there is other music to play out there...
This is the best version I have heard in a long time. Def a must have in the collection. This has moved my very soul and will be played daily for the rest of my life. Thanku abc jazz for ur fine selection of this top of the range in new releases.
Great Band! They sound briilliant, play very well together, in fact they are a very exciting and tight unit!
Thanks to Mal Stanley for bringing us a fantastic final, just as good re-listening here on the site as it was being there in the WPAC for the live event, excellent effort from the incredibly talented guitarists, and thanks to Des and Ben for such fine accompaniment, and thanks to Adrian for a great festival!
absolutely loved this version....
love love love it...
This was my first encounter with Alison Wedding. It made my day!
Absolutely wonderful rendition of such a classic song.
Jessica, I saw your Age review of Wang. Nice to see you enjoyed Spoke. It was also my personal favourite for much the same reasons. Eric of CanberraJazz.net
Good ol' Acker. A colourful, likeable character. Nice to hear of him getting a mention. Saw him live as kid - not exactly serious jazz, but a heck of a lot of fun!
I was just listening to Tutu... real cool... Thanks ABC.
Many thanks ABC recording crew for your professionalism ,a superb listening experience.
In my opinion, Bright Size Life is the BEST Pat Metheny album ever. Also, in my opinion it is the BEST jazz guitar trio album ever. I bought it when it was released and every time I listen to it I realize again how brilliant it is.
Wasn't sure who to direct this to, but believe you're the ideal person.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of legendary jazz/rock bassist, vocalist and song-writer, Jack Bruce. Like many of my generation, I grew up listening to Jack and his glorious peers as my jazz addiction mounted. Similar to the phenomenal Jaco, Jack liberated the bass from its somewhet subservient role to the front of the stage. After Jazztrack last night, I paid my own little tribute to Jack by playing several of his albums commencing with "Songs For A Tailor" and Cream's "Wheels Of Fire". Naturally I toasted him with a glass of red. (Jack would've liked that I think!)
Will ABC Jazz be doing a feature on him?
Cheers and thanks as always Gerry, for your own contributions to the monumental jazz art form.
A beautiful track. Superb singer.
Beautiful voice. Golden oldworldly.
THIS sounds amazing!
Thanks for playing this (and for the playlist), I'll be adding this to me collection. It swings!
Your comments on Joseph O'connor's magnifiicent playing echo my sentiments exactly - Yes! We are truly blessed; I don't have sufficient superlatives to describe how well his playing fits this part of this century!
Loved this too - great vibrato! Different!
Roberta Gamberini - never heard of her before - knocked out by the incredible technique and purity of her selection. When I read she was singing with the Dave Brubeck Trio - well, that made it even better! Thank you, Michele (ex-professional singer)
This is just an update to my email address.
Brilliant sensitive playing Todd & great choice ...Everything Happens To Me. Was just wondering where Judy Bailey was & there you both were. Thanks.....glad to know you are around.
Kenny Wheeler one of the few individual voices of any type of music in the past 60 years. A true inspiration to many but known to so few. Like his music his passing makes me reminisce and feel melancholy but his music lives on and will always be one of my go to selections as it always surprises no matter how many times I have pressed play on the volume of albums I have. Thank you Kenny you were a true innovator and musical voice.
Jessica respect for the tribute
That was a really hard competition, especially for the artists I had not heard of, even for the spelling of Paul Grabowsky's surname, which I hope I got right. It's been a few years since we last attended the Jazz Festival at Wangaratta but we'd love to go again. Thanks for the opportunity!
Thank you so much for your lovely tribute to this phenomenal musician. Very sad to learn that my favourite trumpet player is no longer with us. My years in London were spent with musicians who knew and worked with Kenny Wheeler and his music is my background to those years and has very special memories for me.
Corinne Page (trombone player)
Looks like a great album and I loved listening to the free download. :)
Listen to Joe with The Jazz Crusaders in their earlier days playing 'Theme from the L-Shaped Room'. What soulfulness! Groove on Joe. Thanks so much.
No recommendation needed! This album is a glorious work of musical art and Oliver Nelson remains a neglected genius as a writer and arranger. Exquisite; soulful; essential in your CD collection.
fabulous! I saw Jim hall & Ron Carter in New York 40 yrs. ago. Am wondering who the wonderful drummer is in this concert.
Great show last night. Thank you Owen.
It would be more informative if a radio frequency or frequencies were shown with dates of broadcasts.
Rest In Peace Joe Sample!
Thanks for all the great music!
Peace and Love!
Thanks Mal for including the stunning "Angel City", by Dizzy Gillespie with Gil Fuller and esteemed company in last Saturday's Jazztrack programme. What a soulful, evocative, compelling piece of marvellously arranged music.
May I passionately recommend this entire album to all jazz lovers - there's not a dud track on it! (The edition I have is actually a double album on the one disc containing twenty superb cuts - Blue Note 17466.)
We really love this cool music, looking out over Lake Macquarie, after a nice red and a beautiful sunset.
Here is a new perspective on this legendary tenor saxophonist titled "Transcendental Consolidation: The Music of Stan Getz" ncluding great photos
Is the album 'Untranslatable' by Matthew Sheens available in ABC Stores yet? I heard it on ABC Jazz about 3 weeks ago.
Mal, there is enough misery out there...you music selection is getting too bleak & dark ....lighten it up..
Hi Gerry and thanks for your marvellous Jazztrack work this past weekend.
So much outstanding music, but one track that gripped my ears was the newie by John McLaughlin. Does that man ever tire? There's still plenty of mustard in his playing and what a band he has with him! Gary Husband, as we both know, is a brilliant drummer and unusually, a very fine keyboardist to boot. I continue to admire Gary's work with the phenomenal Jack Bruce. ( I must check out Jack's latest album too. Adore the cover art.)
Cheers and thanks again,
Christopher Jazzbear Lynch.
Hi. How do I request to mention my brothers Jazz band playing at Petersham RSL on Sunday during his community shoutouts segment? The band play at 3pm and are called the Regent street Stage Band, Regent Street Petersham RSL.
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Exciting event coming up. Looking forward to some soul stirring Jazz.
There is so much to admire in Miles' music, one hardly knows where to begin.
To me at least, his stunning 'First Great Quintet' material remains my favourite listening. (Of course I hold enormous admiration for what came before and after.) When coming home from work late in the evening if uncertain as to what I should listen to, I'll usually put on some 50s Miles or some Blue Note material from the same era to warm the ears. Timeless beauty. The music with which I grew up. Superb recommendation LibraSeven.
An extraordinary, fascinating album. This is 'must-listen' music for all pianists. The inclusion of some of Kenny Werner's pianistic skills will further enhance what promises to another superb edition of Jazztrack. I'm as excited about this as I am about the release of the latest Haruki Murakami novel! (Now there's a man who knows music and loves his jazz.)
Happy listening - and reading - to all,
A haunting and plaintive piece - beautiful.
I'd appreciate if you could please mention our upcoming gig,
The Paul Bird Band, featuring vocalist Lizzie Bird, will be playing at Dizzy's Jazz Club Richmond, Saturday 23rd August 2014.
Thanks and regards, Paul
I'm not sure about this listening to PM Live on your site... I'm thinking it will build too much excitement and anticipation in lead up to his concert here in Australia in October! Can't wait.
The more I hear of pianist Joseph O'Connor, the more I'm convinced that we have been blessed with an extraordinarily gifted, creative musician in our very midst. (I've been listening to countless jazz pianists and other musicians both live and on record since the early sixties, and therefore feel I can spot a unique musical voice when I hear it.) O'Connor's sound and touch on the keyboard are tasteful and very much his own. In his way, O'Connor is as original as the outstanding Brad Meldhau. Naturally, I'm delighted to know he'll be recording in the ABC studios and of course I'll be purchasing his album upon release. Incidentally, I suspect somebody like Manfred Eicher would be thrilled to have Joseph O'Connor on the ECM recording roster too. He'd fit in marvellously there!
Cheers and happy listening to all,
Great singer, great song! Love it
Oh NOOOOOO - No Adelaide Date '!!
Absolutely beautiful track - must hear more of this guy!
Vale Charlie. Your beautiful bass notes will be sadly missed!
there are some people who you think will live for ever. Charlie Haden was one of them. His two performances at the MIJF back in 2009 are imprinted on my brain as outstanding
He will be sorely missed.
That main photo you have up there is of Zoot Sims, not Gerry Mulligan.
In such a short time after the loss of the great Horace Silver, comes more sad news. Charlie Haden, a true innovator, will long be remembered for his outstanding contributions to this glorious art form we call jazz. One of the sadder aspects of getting older, is seeing those brilliant musicians one has grown up listening to, as well as coming to love and admire, passing on. Although such losses are reminders of our own fragile mortality, we can still savour the wondrous, inspiring sounds true artists bequeath. Thankyou Charlie Haden and those other superb musicians who've moved on, for your remarkable contributions; for enriching our lives in this grim world. May we meet again.
Great ! .... Thanks .
This album and his previous album 'The Sea' are two of the best aussie Jazz albums to be released in the last 2-3 years (in a very competitive field I hasten to add).
Absolutely love it !
Juliens albums can be purchased online through his website at www.julienwilson.com or at www.lionsharecords.com.
How can you have a featured album and not stock it in the ABC Shop? - please can you tell us where to buy the thing. Thanks
Good to hear about the old Don Burrows discs, but when will they be broadcast please?
Thank you, Brian
I'd like to download this as a podcast, is that possible?
A great jazz recording.
How about just playing it all again? Thanks, Julius.
Fabulous concert on the 10th at Sydney Opera House, so together. Up there with the best jazz concerts I've been to. Crystal Silence and Eleanor Rigby were highlights in a mesmerising program. Maybe jet lag was the problem on the 8th. Mind you it didn't seem to bother Diana Krall too much.
Gee thanks for telling us. How come the closing date wasn't in big red letters? I wanted to get back to that recording.
Love it. My favourite piece of radio.
Is the Charles LLoyd concert archived. How do I access it?
Hello Jessica. I have just read your Age review of the Charles Lloyd Trio concert a fortnight ago. Not just a fine review of a great concert but helpful too - as you said Charles didn't say a word so we could only guess at what he was playing. I picked the second encore, "Sweet Georgia Bright", and "Ramanujan"/"Tagi"/"Hymn to the Mother" but you got "Homage" and "Maria Carmela" for me. I wonder though if you picked up on the ballad that he played for the first encore which has been playing in my head ever since? - a standard? There were also two pieces after Homage that I didn't recognize and haven't been able to track down in my fairly extensive collection of Charles Lloyd CDs. Any clues?
Thanks, too, for your program on ABCJazz and also for your occasional contributions to Andrew Ford's Saturday morning show
Hi Mike - it goes to show we are all different - I was at the same concert and thoroughly enjoyed it... I have been a fan of Gary Burton since "Dreams So Real" was played at the opening of Rocturnal late one Saturday night probably in 1976. Rocturnal was a rock show on ABC-FM that went from 11pm Saturday night through to 6am Sunday morning presented by David Woodhall. Rocturnal covered a lot of ground including some "jazz" and was responsible for introducing me to an enormous amount of excellent music (as well as ensuring I was very tired on Sundays!) I still remember David Woodhall saying "Dreams So Real - the crystal clear sound of an ECM recording..." Subsequently I purchased much Gary Burton music (and other ECM recordings) including Crystal Silence. This concert was the first time I had seen the duo live and I was anything but disappointed - it was great!
I have his "Uber jam " cd but to here this live.......... It`s one hot album
Having followed Chick Corea's career with interest, I know how great he can be on a good day. Sadly yesterday didn't seem to be one of those days. Maybe he was tired - he said he had been up for an early flight - as he seemed to me to be going through the motions like an automaton. I left disapointed after the first set :(
Joshua Redman is the real deal. From Coltrane to Rollins , Redman is the next title holder he may not be the Colossus but he sure is on his way . He brings it all together whether he's playing ballads with strings or in a Trio ,
his sound pure and uplifting.
Love some tickets to see Chick Cores.
Would live to see this band having just returned from NYC
Need another jazz fix
Your playing has hints of Ken Peplowski and I would think that Ken would be pleased and flattered.
I would like to win
It is almost incomprehensible to me that Miles Davis, one of the 100 greatest musicians of the 20th Century, after all he achieved, died at only 65 years of age. From Kind of Blue to Decoy, Jack Johnson and Agharita and Bitches Brew. Listen to this genius who above all, allowed his sidemen to blossom.
Love the timing & all the off beat runs etc. Great track.
Captivating music to gladden and inspire the heart, whilst highly appropriate on the eve of Charles Lloyd's welcome return.
Well selected ABC Jazz. Cheers and thanks.
you often play a short sample at the end of your 'Jazz up Late' Show on digital tv, around midnight-12.30am...its a very short clip maybe a minute and it comes on every week at the same time (usually after the male voiceover), but never turns up on your tracklist. Could you please tell me the name of the track or the band?
Great Choices Myra ! nice tracks
a great show, thanks. At around 3 pm today Adelaide time you played a great piano piece and I didn't catch who it was. One of the things you said about it was "intense" I think. Please advise who and what? And why can't I find it without bothering you?
Thanks and best wishes
Dear ABC Jazz,
Just a spot of trivia I know, but the 'Charles Lloyd official site' under 'Links' above which I clicked on to, is actually the site of a property developer! - not the benign, spiritual jazz musician so many of us love and honour.
Please adjust if poss.
Thankyou and warmest wishes as always,
Thanks so much Jessica for your thoughtful, accurate article on the wonderful Charles Lloyd in today's edition of 'The Age'. I've admired Charles immensely ever since hearing his gorgeous track 'Tagore', from his stunning album 'Charles Lloyd in Europe' which I first encountered back in - I think - 1969. I played this album almost as much as 'Kind Of Blue' I reckon! He does indeed just keep on getting better, so much so that he's now possibly my favourite living jazz musician.
My utmost gratitude and cheers Jessica,
James Carter is great!
Hi, what was the name and album for the song you played around 10:20 QLD time? Allison Morine or something?
Steve Tibbetts is the most original musician I have ever heard. A genius with an oblique and linear melodicism that is ultimately very compelling and spiritually satisfying. Music for the Ages.
Plaudits to ABC Jazz for playing Steve Tibbetts.
Hi Mal, same complaint as some of the above..........where is the chronological listing???? This was incredibly useful especially for anything of Keith Jarrett's, who has produced hundreds of albums. The website is not even accepting my request despite triple checking that l've ticked all boxes !!!! Veeerrry frustrating!
The addition of Judy Bailey to the Jazz Hall of Fame is great news.
Judy has been an inspiration to so many in the jazz scene for so long.
Overdue but delightful
This recording is currently available with texts by Yusef Komunyakaa from the Wesleyan University Press as a Book/CD publication.
One hopes the recording will not be kept secret for another 15 years before " the punters out there " may buy the work. Sandy with Joe Lane must be Be Bopping. Dig Jazz is great.
Dale is an icon in the Jazz world! He is influential to many and has shared so many great vibes! He has been very influential to my musical career. http://www.frankholdermusic.com/
The music listing link does not work!
Absolutely LOVE Jazztrack, and the jazz presentations on ABC classic FM. I hear music here that I would otherwise never hear on commercial radio, and I treasure it!!
Virtually all the music CD's I have bought in the last 2 years have been as a result of hearing tracks on Jazz track. Keep up the good work, and thanks again for what you do, and how well you do it!
Message to MAL STANLEY.
I would like to have the program listing for Jazz Track last Sunday, i.e. 20 April 2014. No listing is available online whatever the date. Thank you for having a look as to why listings info is not supplied.
also, how about nominating at least one contemporary jazz artist for the vocal? oh wait, I forgot you have to swing and sound just like Diana Krall to be accepted in Australia
I thought you might be interested in "Dress Pretty, Dance Ugly" - a new crossover jazz EP by the Fresh Dixie Project.
The band recently had an opportunity to record a track at Peter Gabriel's studio:
This year the band has already been confirmed for Elbjazz:
And as headliners for Southport Jazz Festival:
If you want more information please let me know.
"...these five brits are swinging in the footsteps of Jamie Cullum. With a little less pop and a little more panache, these guys are young and fresh enough to make their audience 'dress clean and dance dirty'". Elbjazz Festival, 2014.
"It's got an edge; there's teeth without it ever becoming funky or forced. It's got a timeless class, yet still feels fresh." One Question Music, Feb 2013.
Key successes so far:
- Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Shambala Festival, Boomtown Festival, Wilderness Festival, Swingamajig Festival.
- Radio play on BBC 6 Music with Tom Robinson and BBC introducing. Recommended by Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2.
- Solid bookings with a few international shows (including Elbjazz Festival in Hamburg alongside Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, Gabby Young.
- Strong sales online and at shows
A great album, been enjoying listeing to it. :-)
I'm disappointed that Tina Harrod isn't part of the Melbourne Jazz Festival this year. Or is she?
This new release from Adrian Cunningham is a CRACKER ! Having spent the last six years in New York, Adrian has immersed himself into the NY scene, splendidly, seamlessly and with great antipodean ease. His collaboration with Wycliffe Gordon is spectacular, with both men urging each other to interesting and sometimes quirky arrangements. Adrian's American life is one of musical discovery, and I'm pleased to be on the journey with him.
Always loved Emma Ayres warm presentation on Classic FM. Combined with Ivan Lloyd's choice of music it made a superb listening treat. It won't be the same without you Ivan. Happy retirement!
Jessica, you just played a really nice atmospheric piece by I think you said a cello player by name of Eric ... (Didn't catch the last name)
What was the piece
I never hear anything by Eddie Daniels (my favourite clarinettist and a true virtuoso) on either ABC Classic FM or on ABC Jazz! Is it because he is not considered a true believer by either camp? The rest of the world recognises his true genius - he still plays gigs with the London Symphony Orchestra as well as other great jazz men. Listen to a great CD "Breakthrough" (GRP-D-9533) and you will find enough material for yourselves as well as your ABC Classic brethren!
This album is a timeless treasure.
Metheney has surpassed his own towering standards on this astonishing outing which is my favourite album so far in 2014. I own a copy it and so should you, particularly if you're a guitar afficionado. The track 'Born', is in itself worth the proverbial price of admission!
What was the name of that artist that played "I if lose you"?
Played roughly at 5.45pm
Hi Jessica - fewer words and more music would be appreciated
I think the listing for this program showed Jimmy Rushing & the Count Basie Orchestra at the Monterey Jazz Festival and I think you introduced it as such but at the end you said it had been Joe Williams singing. Having heard both live in London and on records and CDs I believe it was Joe Williams with the Count!! I do enjoy your programs keep up the good work.
Terrific....... Thanks DIG Jazz
Mel - still the best!
This Bruce Brown photo and Bio is the wrong person!
I checked further and found the correct one on brucebrown.net. He is a songwriter from L.A.
It is Monday night at 10'30. What is the absolute rubbish you are playing. How to absolutely annoy and turn off your audience. I Thu.k you said Wolfmother. Stop wrecking the ABC Jazz station. Just play decent Jazz, and stop being so inconsiderate.
Graham of Kew
Hello ABC Jazz,
I would like to get details for a track played between 5-7 pm. I was cooking and lost track of time! It was a hip hop jazz fusion track of sorts.
You played a piano piece around about 11:17 - 11:23 Queensland time. I think it was by Chris Abrahams off his album Glow. Just asking what the track was called.
Nice pianist again...
Who is the pianist?...just wonderul!
Ella's perfect voice - just the best!
Further to last comment starting "Arch McKirdy was..." I am happy to have my name attached to it if that's OK.
It's Michael Dodd.
Arch McKirdy was a truly wonderful man and I'm sad he is no longer with us. When I started in the ABC he called himself the "Quality Control Officer" and was a wonderful guide to how to bring broadcasting scripts alive and make myself and fellow trainees sound far more authoritative. Even after his retirement he still encouraged me to visit his home for free top-up lessons. I still now teach his techniques to others. Look forward to meeting you again in the next world, Arch.
Hi , I have been tuning in to ABC Jazz on wednesday nghts at 9 pm to hear the repeat of the sunday Jazztrack program but there was just normal abc jazz programming and not the repeat , whats going on ?.
Sounds like you think it should though. No tricks there. :)
Looks like we'll be doing an Australian tour with the whole band in June.
Trio tour for Swailing official release is nearly all booked now for April/May.
Dates are on my website, but I'll contact all presenters with exact details when it's all finalised.
Great to be the feature record.
as in, all one word
NOT Lion Share Records NOT Lionshare Records NOT Lionshare
Really appreciate the support
What's this thing called "acid jazz". Know of any Aussie exponants?
Happy New Year and thanks Gerry koster for filling in so admirably - as always - for the legendary Mal Stanley.
Any chance of hearing any further tracks from that Andrew Cyrille boxed set? Andrew's staggering drumming in driving support of that extraordinary flute playing was really something! (As I've remarked before today, there is no cooler instrument in jazz, when handled appropriately, than the flute. And yes, I admit to some bias as it was one of the instruments I played in my salad days.)
Whilst I admire those technically adept modernists in the guitar world, I find listening to the older legends like Jim Hall, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell preferable. (Even in rock, I prefer guitarists such as Stephen Stills, David Gilmour and Peter Green to the more widescreeen luminaries.) JH was a master of genteel understatement. Adore his playing particularly with Bill Evans. So many sad losses in 2013.
I knew and loved Stan dearly. He was the greatest. Moira Mead
..and who says you cant use an electric bass in jazz ?? ... Jimmy Haslip is swinging !!....Also,this one of Mintzers best solos !
One of the not-so-good aspects of getting older - I'm well into my sixties - is that one constantly hears of the deaths of boyhood musical and other heroes including Nelson Mandela. Therefore, I was saddened Mal to hear of the passings of Jim Hall and Chico hamilton in addition to Stan Tracey, all over the past week or so.
I forward at least to any musical tributes coming.
Hi jazz guitar fans and colleagues
Did you know that Jim Hal won the Jazzpar Prize in 1998, the most prestigious international jazz award in existence between 1990 and 2004, established and funded out of Denmark: 200.000 DK plus a bronze statue, handed to the winner by the Danish Prime Minister. Check - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazzpar_Prize - for past recipients of this major jazz award. I was there in Denmark when Jim Hall received the prize and remember travelling on the coach with Jim and the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra from a gig Jim All played with the band. - Cheers - Henk van Leeuwen
What is the difference between a "Modern" jazz album and a Contemporary Avant-Garde jazz album and when does so called trad jazz become modern. Silly categories.
Hi again Mal,
As always, there was a delightful selection of music during this weekend's Jazztrack programmes.
Yet there are times when one hears a track beyond today; something that makes time stand still.
Such was the case yesterday with that closing inclusion by the Bennie Maupin Ensemble. Bennie's haunting alto flute playing emanated from another time and place - a mystical place beyond life's often grim paradigm. So impressed was the Jazzbear that he kept repeating those sounds in his head for the remainder of Sunday evening! Nothing else went on the stereo.
I know I can be a pest at times Mal, but any chance of hearing more from that intriguing album?
Further to my comment yesterday on Stan Tracey, the Dylan thomas album I had in mind was "Under Milk Wood'.
Once more, thanks for your continually outstanding efforts.
Shame on you all @ ABC Jazz for not playing a lot more of this great Oz group... Last played on Oct 13 and no info on anything prior to that... meanwhile I'm sitting here listening to another piece of American schmaltz that seems to appear so often on the playlists lately... Support Great Aussie Grooves Please.
I noticed that the wonderful UK musician, Stan Tracey, has just passed away.
Will ABC Jazz be doing a feature on his life and work? I hope so.
Stan's tribute album to Dylan Thomas for starters, remains an adorable classic.
Stan Getz and Chet Baker together? Bliss.
I'll certainly be tuned in as usual.
I happened to be listening to lastnight's reply of Sunday Jazztrack and heard Emily Remler's Pocket Wes for the first time. Totally blown away. How did I missed such a wonderful jazz guitarist all these years? Thank you for introducing Remler to me.
Hi ABC JAZZ Mal & Gerry,
I love the music played at the start & end of the jazz programmes. Would you please provide details so I can try to source them. I think they are different ones played on the weekend & on week nights.
We are an outback cafe and I am wanting to play Dixi Land Jazz.
Could you please recommend CDs that I might purchase.
considering the rarity of this live recording and it's rightful place in the australian jazz pantheon will you release it through your own label?
Great stuff from this 5tet...is the album on sale? I so like it I would gladly pay
Hey Mal, whats with the Australian logo on every track played. I dont think this is correct or have I made a gross error of interpretation???
Thanks Mal for the technical information concerning recording techniques, types of microphones and such during Jazztrack. Like you, I love the smooth sound via ribbon mikes. As you well know I always enjoy your programmes, but this additional detail is a further enhancement. Keep it coming please.
Thanks and cheers,
just listening to Froy Aagre nice. just posted photos of her performance at wangaratta jazz /blues fest.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/petertea/sets/72157637745202336/ you and listeners might be interested ? now 7 of the sets up http://www.flickr.com/photos/petertea/sets thanks Peter Tea.
HI, Just caught the end of the first track of the show….can you let me know what it was please. Thx kindly!
The first, second and fourth youtube links above are NOT Tom Vincent.
Rest in Peace, Dave. You were an amazing musician and an inspiration.
On Mon 4/11/13 at around 10.47 pm you played something very interesting and i think you mentioned Jon Hassell being a part of it. Can I please have some more info?
On Mon 4/11 at around 10.47pm you played something very interesting and I think you mentioned Jon Hassell.
Can I please have more info ?
Amazing musician, amazing man
A superb band, united in musical direction and purpose, from which we heard too little due to tragic circumstances. To me at least, the empathy among all participants in this remarkable group, was up there with Miles' first great quintet.
Your definition of improvised music seems to exclude jazz. Tonight, 04 November, is a good example.
Cheers, Knox Lovell, Host, the Jazz Show, 4zzz 102.1 fm, Brisbane
Rest in peace, Mr. Wess. The world has enjoyed your beautiful music very much. Thank you!
Thanks Gerry for playing Drum Thunder from the album Fury hope that you get a chance to play the titled track Fury that has me playing Piano/Synth /Vocals and Drums improvised and in one take
Fabulous version of this song. Andy is the best.
Terrific! Every bit as good as the great Corea/Hancock duets.
You may or may not be aware that Tommy Whittle died recently whilst on holiday in Spain. He leaves a wife -Barbara Jay, and two sons, Sean and Martin.
Andrew Willox (eldest son of Roy Willox, Sax/Flt/Clar)
I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the Melbourne group you played on Saturday afternoon.
It was a cover of Where or When?
Is it still possible to listen to Arch McKirdy's last program?
Trying to find the name of a song you played around 11pm female singer, thought you said something about tale within?
Love Shelley Manne's take on 'My Fair Lady' - I own a copy. His drumming remains a joy. Admire the way he was able to 'step back', sometimes only making a minimal presence while using such tasteful fills. And what timing! He sure knew how to put together a great band furthermore.
Those guys sure knew how to dress too. Dig their cool haircuts and Sinatra-like suits.
Well-played ABC Jazz.
I was blown away by this lady, never heard of her before, very happy to have stumbled across her on ABC Jazz. One of the best female Jazz voices I have heard in a long time. Thanks for playing.
Great playing from Adrian. Worked with him when he was just beginning, always knew he would go onto bigger things.
I absolutely love Tim's music. He is a very talented musician who well deserves more air time. Thanks ABC
That was beautiful, going to hunt this album down.
The Field is an Australian group that I lead. It features Lloyd Swanton on bass ( of the necks and The catholics), Hamish Stuart on drums, John Stuart on guitar and myself on slide guitars. We are based in the Blue Mountains and have been in existence since 2001. I realise there are several groups worldwide called the Field. The link that the ABC jazz has provided along with the playlist that included Neighbourhood, a song from our most recent album, Merle Takes a Holiday, gives the Wiki link from the Swedish techno version of the Field. Just like to clear that up. I'm very happy to have the Field's music featured on this station. I listen to ABC jazz often and think you're doing a wonderful thing. You can link to us via thefieldbrucereid.com for more info. Merle Takes a Holiday is an independent release whereas our first two albums, The Field and News From Home are on Rufus records, www.rufusrecords.com.au
Thanks for playing our music!
Hey Mal - I am sitting on the Gold Coast right now in ultra relaxed mode listening to your program - something that I used to love and which I still hear the intro to from time to time in my head - I live in Seattle nowadays and i do miss Jazz Track. So many thanks for your selections and presentation - Jazz with James on QANTAS is the only one who comes even close :)) It's been a difficult two years for me - such a solace listening to your program as I slowly enter a better and new phase. Cheers Darren
I liked it...and I liked the piano sound. It is a pity there cannot be the title and artist showing...seems unfair to the musicians that they provide the entire content of this jazz channel and yet get no recognition at all...unless a listener is keen enough to look it up here...which is not easy and would not always be possible...in fact often not.
Tragic that this giant of Aussie Jazz is battling health issues and is no longer playing.
Defy me, Mark!
The inclusion of Bernie McGann's live broadcast from 1986, in yesterday's edition of Jazztrack, was the musical highlight of my week.
How wonderful it was to hear the old Jazztrack theme once again along with Jim McLeod's fine presentation. The music from all four participants was simply stunning. Congratulations furthermore to Gerry Koster for having the refined taste to include the whole hour precisely as initially rendered. The whole thing brought a lump to my throat!
Thanks to all involved.
A true message - beautifully put. "You Never Forget Love"
Thankyou thankyou for the wonderful, uplifting and beautiful experience that this concert was. Maureen
Bernie introduced me to the 'real' sound of Jazz at Morgans Feedwell in Glebe. What a treat. We got to stuff our faces and listen to the great Master McGann only a few feet away. Those particular sessions resonate so strongly today and anyone who has heard Bernie live will agree it's a life changing experience. Bernie worked tirelessly without adulation on his rare gift. He was my first wife Kimberly Appleby's godfather and we lived at Bundeena awhile and were so very lucky to know such a gentle giant. Thanks Bernie for the magic and for your great gift and for just being you. Long may you blow.
I absolutely loved this program. What a dude!! I had never heard of Arch McKirdy before I read the tribute in the SMH this weekend...and I found my way to this program. It was love at first sight.
Arch was part of my student days in the 60's. He was the epitome of "cool". When comes such an other?
We were listening Wed night and heard this great live session with a vibraphonist. It wasn't a recent recording - would you know what it was? Sorry to be vague!
Happy birthday Bryce.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it was Bryce who wrote and played the piano on the former Jazztrack theme used by the wonderful Jim McLeod for many years. Adore that theme. (The current one is a beauty too.)
Further to my earlier comments on the magnificent Bernie McGann, his life and music would make a superb, compelling video documentary. A biography would also make worthwhile reading.
Those who love jazz,the insane purity of a musical vibration that can transfix you for a brief moment as if you had touched the face of GOD. Gone too soon but jamming with the greats,upstairs with Trane,Miles,Monk and all those real gone cats.Bye Bernie,thanks for the music.
The saying "Nobody can like McGann can", means Bernie's glorious legacy must surely endure despite his sad passing. Bernie's sound was always very much his own despite having so many outstanding influences. Thankfully, Bernie leaves us plenty of his stunning work with his brilliant trio along with Ten Part Invention meaning he'll never be too far away. Bernie live was always a treat. His innovative improvisations could make time stand still. I pray ABC Jazz will be doing a feature on Bernie.
I'll forever remain one of many of his awestruck admirers.
The gentle giant of Australian jazz. An enormous contribution to the music and a wonderful example of someone who held to their personal musical beliefs and created such an individual voice. He will be deeply missed.
Phew. Did these two drummers brew up a storm! Oh to have been there in person. As a bit of a drummer, among other things in my younger days, I thoroughly enjoyed this dynamic Jazztrack inclusion. Thankyou and more please.
Cheers to all,
She's on the manhattan Transfer wikipedia page as she's one of the founding members of Manhattan Transfer. Her website details are : www.erindickinsmusic.com
The discography for Anat Cohen is incorrect... • Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard, 2010 appears twice, the first instance should read • Anat Cohen with the Anzic Orchestra - Noir, 2007. Please fix...
It is understandable why Arch McKirdy was so popular. He had, what was a requirement in those days for a radio or TV presenter, a deep, masculine, mature voice. That doesn't happen these days with male presenters having high pitched voices and more prolific, females with their high pitched voices seeming to be the majority. I recently changed from listening to commercial TV news to ABC1, expecting to hear what I used to hear - mature presenters pronouncing every word correctly, that one could be guided by. But now females seem to have taken over and there are so many mistakes in the reading of the news. One newsreader called Lisa tried three times to pronounce the word 'wilderness' and still got it wrong. It should have been 'will-der-ness', but she pronounced it 'wyld-ness'. Farewell to one of the best.
Great to hear his grandson Louie on Triple J last week give a heartfelt tribute to Arch. And it's nice to know that while their genre and styles are very different, the McKirdy family continues to be a part of the broadcasting community. I had the honour to work with Arch a few times when he moonlighted doing commercial voice overs. He was a delight to work with, a very lovely man.
While studying Architecture."Relax with Me" kept me company when i was working into the wee small hours.
Listening again took me back to that time when people like Arch inhabited a sophisticated world that i had only begun to discover.I loved hearing the opening theme his selection of tracks and Arch's voice one more time.Thanks ABC
So help me with the song - did he play it as a signature song at the start of his program or is my memory getting worse!!
Great to hear Arch again. Still a marvellous program. Is the ABC issuing a CD of this program?
What a wonderful privilege to hear TION on your program!
I've been a 'groupie' of TION for a long time and have seen them perform in many shows (including my very own wedding). But this is the first time I've heard them on ABC radio.
It was an absolute pleasure to watch/hear them play with James Morrison on national radio - thanks ABC Jazz!!
Please pass on my congrats to TION.
I have been travelling and missed your notice about Arch McKirdy last concert broadcasts.Any chance of another repeat or another way to access? I was an avid listener for years.....John Moore..firstname.lastname@example.org
What a wonderful man Arch was- not only introducing generations to jazz, but endlessly generous in passing on his expertise in broadcasting to younger ABC types.
Fantastic program. A wonderful selection of music and beautifully presented - what a professional. Thanks for reminding me and many of my generation how fortunate we were to have Arch introduce us to and maintain a steady stream of relaxing and interesting jazz.
He was a great broadcaster, his "relax With Me" compulsory listening. I also attended an Announcing Weekend Workshop in Sydney in the old training rooms in the 1980's. He was supportive, a good kind teacher who improved my presentation skills. I am forever grateful to him.
Very sad to hear of the passing of Arch McKirdy. His program - Relax With Me - set a bench mark in its day which remains unsurpassed.
Friends of my vintage in fact still refer to Arch's program & how we would tune into 2BL & its regional equivalents when travelling by road at night, just to hear "Relax With Me".
I hope you make a special CD release of Arch's last 2 hour program - I have my money at the ready!
It was great to hear Arch again after all these years: the voice (and theme) instantly recognisable. "Relax With Me" may have run for about seven years, but I recalled listening to his programmes long before that, and when he finally signed off he mentioned 17 years. Goodbye Arch, it was great listening that I, for one, will not forget.
luv dat jazz
Thanks for letting us all know - 89, god help us. He always seemed to us to be a bit older than us - but not that much.
We were early 20s. 'We' being my wife and I; married now for almost 50 years.
In those early days he was part of our life.
Thanks again for the tribute. Is there a way we can download it?
David and Elizabeth Hinley
Just listening tp the last Arch McKirdy show on ABC Jazz. Beautiful music! I seem to recall that Arch had a signature tune that he played at the start of every show called 'What are you doing the rest of your life?' However it wasn't at the start of his last show. Did I imagine that he played this song in every show he presented? I think it is a well know song, but when I mention it to modern jazz singers they haven't heard of it!
What was Arch McKirdy's theme song? Was it "Story of the stars" by the Jackie Gleason orchestra?
A tip of the hat to the man , more than any other, who taught me to love jazz in my student years back in the 60s. Listening to this program took me right back and I now realise how good a presenter he was and how much I wish there was a contemporary version of Music to Midnight.
why not put this out on a CD.
iF ONE IS ALREADY AVAILABLE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW
I have many wonderful memories of Arch and he always sounded as if he was speaking directly to me such was his on air charm. He will be sorely missed.
More than anyone arch McKurdy influenced me to not only love this music but to broadcast it as well.as a child I always listened to his Saturday morning broadcasts on the family radio.my father always made sure we had the abc on at that time.that was so long ago but the image to this day remains.he was the invisible mentor.like nat king cole he was unforgettable.
We never met.
Formerly jazz presenter rtrfm "giant steps "
What a wonderful programme RELAX WITH ME was. It introduced me to much music, including the many classy recordings of the likes of Frank Sinatra and Julie London, all in an atmospheric late night setting created by the voice and informative precise words of Arch McKirdy. It felt like the tracks were lovingly and carefully chosen and were always meant to be heard only in that order, a far cry from some of todays no announcer automated shuffle play that calls itself radio. Thank you Arch.
I remember Arch McKirdy's programme so very well ...... just wish the ABC had something similar now!
I'd like to know the name of the band that played an instrumental piece called, I think, Hollow world on the program of Wednesday at 2:15 pm, thanks.
Thanks for this!
Cool , but 'Directions' is a Joe Zawinul composition , not Mile's .
Would really love to hear some Ruslan Sirota 'sister moon' played... Any chance of hearing this wonderful grammy award winning jazz pianist?
Is Bernie McGann ill? Your home page mentions benefit concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.
thanks for featuring this album. As soon as I heard Cylinder my ears pricked up!
I bought the entire album on itunes straight away and plan to play it on my radio show. Wonderful stuff
The Jimi Henrix of the soprano sax! A fine recommendation simonhn. Saw him live with Miles at the Rainbow in London as a young chap and those fingers of his were flying as high as his sounds. Liebman really drives his instrument.
Gee, did I enjoy this during Sunday's edition of Jazztrack!
If this trio records such innovative sounds, I'll be purchasing the CD.
Outside the jazz realm, I enjoy classical music and serious rock music. At times this trio's tasteful use of electronics reminded me of one of my favourite bands, Pink Floyd. Well played guys.
Please feature more of this marvellous music Mal Stanley.
Cheers and thanks,
My name is Thomas Lorenzo
Are submissions of Cds welcomed without previous permission to ABC Jazz Digital Radio?
I'm thrilled to note Bob's worthy inclusion in this fascinating series. Not only is he important as a fine jazz exponent, but he's also beloved by many of us for his memorable work with mighty Max Merritt. Furthermore, I was fortunate as a young chap to hear Bob live in the UK with that dynamic fusion band, Nucleus, led by the legendary trumpeter and jazz biographer, Ian Carr.
Thanks yet again Gerry Koster & ABC Jazz.
Hi Jessica, you just played a brilliant recording of Nice Work if You Can Get It. Though I didn't catch the artist or album, I'd like to get it - won't you tell me how? Thank you for the great show.
Goddam while on holidays I missed the May 12 program with the extraordinary Phronesis live in Australia, one of my current favourite jazz groups but the Listen Again has expired. Any chance of broadcasting the concert again or reinstating the Listen Again? Thanks heaps, loved the live Christian McBride and Mike Stern. Julius
What a combination! A stunningly gifted performer in her own right, paying well-deserved tribute to a remarkably unique, prodigious talent. Carmen and Lady Day long ago set the benchmark for female jazz vocalise.
Essential listening for current and aspiring jazz vocalists.
Paul Grabowsky's commitment and contribution to jazz and other quality music in this country is inestimable. How fortunate we are to be blessed with his presence. Any gig involving Paul - and I've seen plenty - is memorable.
Perhaps the finest I recall was his work with the acclaimed Joe Lovano.
Heartily agree with this recommendation - I own several of her albums. "Modern Cool" remains an early favourite.
Love that sultry, deeply sensual expressive voice. I get bored hearing so many of today's female jazz singers girlie voices on rehashed standards. (Yes, they're musically well-trained and photogenic, but often soulless.) Patricia's take on Bill Withers' "Use Me", is a fine place to commence listening to this intriguing performer.
Beautiful interpretation of a timeless song.......
no doubt about it, ''Ted Vining is a National Treasure''...Brother Nat Adderley
How delightful to see and hear drummers getting their due respect. For too long they've been wrongly regarded as little more than time-keepers, when in fact they're far more.
Great bands have great drummers. Consider Joe Morello with Dave Brubeck, Miles' ace drummers in his two superb quintets of the 50s and 60s, the importance locally of John Pochee's work with Bernie McGann, Ben Riley with Monk, Jack DeJohnette in Keith Jarrett's trio. These and many other drummers help give their respective bands a unique sound. The likes of Art Blakey and Billy Cobham furthermore, have proven to be brilliant leaders.
In the rock genre this is equally evident. Think Ginger Baker in Cream, Nick Mason in Pink Floyd, Buddy Miles leading the Express and Levon Helm driving The Band.
This programme should prove to be wonderful listening.
please play more 50tees and60tees jazz i love it !!!
Where can I purchase a copy of Jess Greens Bright Stars' "Tinkly Tinkly". Please e-mail email@example.com if you can help. Heard on ABC Dig Jazz a few days ago and loved it!
I saw Joshua and Brad play the (Sydney) City Recital Hall in Jan 2012 and I remember thinking it would be nice for them to record an album. Back then I was thinking a duo thing. Something along the lines of “Songs of Mirth and Melancholy”. But Walking Shadows is unexpected and a very good surprise. These talented musicians do a very good job on all the tracks. But I still think these tracks are a bit short. It would have been nicer if the songs averaged 7 mins in length.
Still, I love the album. Love the work done on “Stop this train”. The transformation from John Mayer’s vox to Joshua’s sax is incredible. Very soulful.
It’s also good to see Brian and Joshua play together again. Every jazz lover will easily fall in love with this album. Please continue supporting talented musicians. Enjoy
Won't miss it Gerry.
This is a date of some importance to me too.
Ironically, the day of Trane's sad passing was the same day I first heard 'Kind of Blue" as an impressionable teen - and what an impression that album made! I'll never gorget the album itself as it was an import with a rigid cover, in blue vinyl and lent to me by a terrific lady named Marilyn. Like many others on first hearing this ground-breaking album, my listening habits shifted dramatically.
Thanks again Gerry;
PS: Delighted to note the inclusion of some superb drummers in your esteemed programme too.
My name is Darryn Farrugia. I'm a melbourne based musician and I've recently released a CD which I think may be suited to your program.
How do I get a CD to you?
Thanks for playing my music. There is a new CD by Sunna Gunnlaugs on its way to you from Iceland. Hope you like this one too.
All the best.
Hi Ana and ABC JAZZ,
my name is Mirko Guerrini and I was playing tenor saxophone in Stefano Bollani's band in 2005.
I came back here in Melbourne several times and since last March I moved here!
I play quite often in the city with all the great musicians you have here in town, and next November I'll perform at Wangaratta Jazz Festival with Steve Magnusson, Frank DiSario and Niko Schauble.
I'll try to bring Bollani again here in Aussie.
thanks for your kind words
It sounds great. Really enjoyed it.4
Mal. What was the track from La Passione that you played please?
Oh my God, this piece is amazing, had abc jazz on as background music for my boys and myself, and even my 4 year old stopped to listen!
I love ABC Jazz as background music while I am working!
Thank you so much for playing my song "Tamarama" on your show. I really appreciate your support and love of jazz. I also really appreciate all the listeners out there that help support jazz in all its forms. I am thrilled that you chose this particular track as both the song and the beach hold a special place in my heart. All the best and thank you again.
Unmissable. I've been fortunate enough to hear some of this astonishing music and believe me it's quite different from anything you've ever heard from Miles previously. Do tune in. You've done it again Gerry!
Cheers and heartfelt thanks ABC Jazz,
Thanks so much Mal for your inclusion of the traditional Korean tune 'Arirang', by Youn Sun Nah in a recent edition of Jazztrack. Having many lovely Korean friends and relatives this provided a very meaningful, romantic interlude (lump in throat!) for me and many others.
On Wednesday night June 26th between 9pm-10:30pm you played a Sam Rivers track. Can you please give me the album info? I can't seem to find it on the playlist.
Awesome show by the way.
Bela Fleck is surely the Zelig of the music world
will look forward to this program. Chu Chu was to play at the Fremantle Jazz Festival but was a late cancellation in the early 2000's.
He was replaced with MONTY ALEXANDER who also visited Australia and played for the Kiama Jazz Club with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis.
perth based and a member of Jazz Fremantle
Doug Spencer's 'Books and Arts Daily' interview with Gilad Hekselman is here:
I'm wanting to send a CD to Mal Stanley. :-)
It's a recording with pianist Todd Sidney and bass player Ivan Rosa.
"A Song For You"
Which is the best address to send it to?
We have live jazz every Sunday at Amani Wine Bar and the players have asked that I contact you and let you know as you could announce this event. Please let me know if this is possible and if there is a fee involved.
This Sunday we have Gavin Shoesmith, the following we have Saffron Sharp and her beautiful creatures and in July we are arranging to have Marnie Kent. All great players and well known in the field.
Look forward to hearing from you,
Really loved that track
Thursday 6 June, 2103 Melbourne Recital Centre
Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra with Darcy James Argue and Maria Schneider
In a concert of two distinct halves, the musicians showed brilliantly. This is an excellent group that includes some outstanding soloists, of whom Roger Manins was the standout, on this occasion. David Theak must be very proud.
Argue’s first half gave hints of exciting creativity to come. His evocation of Brooklyn began with an appropriately Hispanic and moved through several aspects of the city, including considerable traffic noise. The band enjoyed the opportunity to produce some satisfying volume, and Argue showed imaginative and technical potential.
After interval, the concert moved into a mature, tasteful and finely judged phase. Maria Schneider’s compositions and her fine control of the orchestra led to some wonderful musical moments and fulfilling journeys – and not simply the flight evoked by her ‘Hanggliding’ piece. The all-male band ate out of her hand – she put on a superb display of leadership and musicianship. I hope she returns to Australia soon.
A memorable concert. Thanks to ABC Jazz.
Jazz musicians and composers have indeed made outstanding contributions to film scores - and continue to do so. There was a time in my life that I would go to see a movie based solely on who did the soundtrack, meaning if Quincy jones, Lalo Schiffrin, Michel Legrand, Dave Gruisin or the like happened to be involved, then I'd attend the movie! I bet there are plenty of others like me too.
Furthermore, as a boy I loved old black and white TV series like "Peter Gunn", "77 Sunset Strip" - yes, I'm showing my age now - and later "Peanuts", for the soundtracks. (Of course those cars and cool clothes were something else too.) A great jazz-based soundtrack can make even a mediocre movie or TV programme worthwhile.
Thanks and cheers ABC;
LOve the program Mal
What is the title of the opening guitar riff and who is playing it
Can I send my photos of the MIJF 2013 somewhere?
Pianistically, Mulgrew Miller was truly "A Man For All Seasons". I've had the pleasure of hearing him live on several occasions and he always seemed to be adaptable to any musical setting while maintaining his special southern-influenced, soulful sound. Mulgrew, despite his quiet, gentlemanly demeanour, always seemed so vigorous. It's hard to believe he's left us so suddenly. Sad news indeed.
Youn Sun Nah has emerged as one of the most innovative, multi-faceted and intriguing female singers in jazz today. In fact, she is quite impossible to categorize. Being an enthusiastic supporter of the Asian influence in jazz - in her case Korean - I've been enthralled to hear pieces from her latest album during a couple of episodes of Jazztrack. (I already own four of her albums.) Thankyou so much Mal Stanley. Please keep sharing any new music from this region of the world with us. Don't miss this remarkable lady live should she return to these shores. Recommended.
i looooooooooooooooooooooooooooove jazz festivals
what stunning music. a real australian artist - in the sense that she comes out of the jazz tradition but has created her own style. more of monique!
Ernie is a treat live; great to see him coming back.
Have a listen to his ripping album "Reaching Up", and enjoy a taste of his intense, attacking yet often lyrical approach to sax playing. Ernie can drive out so hard at times I reckon he could get by without a mike!
Wow she is ssoo smmoooth. It seems effortless but it takes great tonal control. Love her smoothie tones.
This should be a FANTASTIC concert! Love to hear him live!
Yes, thank you! That's the song, the version of Desperadoes under the eaves, that i heard. Thank you, appreciate that!
Gerry Koster - You alway play sublime Jazz. Thank you for your fabulous programs that are so enjoyed by so many jazz lovers.
I was hoping you might be able to tell me the singer of a track; heard it at around 6.30pm, Saturday 11th May, the track was a cover of the old Warren Zevon song "Desperados under the eaves". Because it was a female vocalist one line was changed to "And I'm trying to find a boy who understands me" instead of the original "girl".
Superb stylish programmes of a much higher quality than any I can remember recently
Radlett WD7 7BN - UK
I had never heard of Graeme Bell until I bought a recording of his Duesseldorf (Germany) concert which took place in the Robert Schumann Saal on September 15th 1951. This purchase would have been at least thirty five years ago and the LP encouraged me to find out more about Graeme and his Dixieland/Trad jazz band of that era. In fact, I wrote to him in 1986 asking about his recordings and received a personal reply dated 17th June 1986, a letter I still treasure. He sent me a brief biography and later, on 3rd March 1988, a Mr Nevill Sherburn of Swaggie Records (I understand Graeme was involved in the Company) sent me a full list of recordings, many of which I subsequently bought. I had hoped to send Graeme a 100th birthday card but sadly that was not to be although I did manage to obtain a copy of his autobiography about a year ago. It seems that when Graeme brought his bands to Europe and particularly to this Country, the unreserved and enthusiastic playing rather startled the somewhat staid jazz scene of the time and thank goodness it did. I was too young then to know anything about jazz; my interest developed many years later and now the Graeme Bell Jazzmen are firmly entrenched among my favourites. I never saw them of course but am trying to find out more about the Duesseldorf concert as I am often in that City. If there is anyone still alive who attended it I'd love to meet him or her but old father time has probably taken his toll. I know that most of the original bands are no longer with us but I'd be interested to know if any still survive, notably Derick 'Kanga' Bentley (tb), Don 'Pixie' Roberts (cl) and Louis 'Baron' Silbereisen (b & tu)If anyone can provide me with details please do so via firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd be pleased to hear from you.
Magic Music. I was asleep but now awoken to his work. Cheers.
absolutely loved Bill's Trio playing improvised Bach - is there a CD I can buy?
The Giacomo Gates beguiling take on the classic "All Blues" - featured during last Sunday's edition of Jazztrack - fairly took my breath away! A haunting, timeless melody combined with enchanting lyrics made time stand still for several intensely intoxicating minutes.
Many thanks Mal Stanley.
Any more coming?
Who doesn't admire KJ!
I first grew to love his work - along with that of the noble Charles Lloyd - on what remains one of my all time favourite albums, "Charles Lloyd in Europe". This knockout album also features a dynamic young Jack DeJohnette on drums. Passionately recommended.
Happy listening to all,
This was just beautiful - more please
Let's hear more of Him. Fantastic singer.
Re. Yitzhak Yedid, we should be pleased that he is now living and acting in Australia... he is an Australian
Great music, and I love it, but it wasn't really jazz, you know. One or two players got the odd 8 bars of glorious freedom to improvise, but in general all the parts were written and not very much at all was improvised on the spot. But it's still great music. I'd call it swing, rather than jazz. As a player myself, the "player conditions" I really envy is, Duke wrote these parts especially for the players he had, to highlight their individual best characteristics. How good would that be? I'd think I had died and gone to heaven.
My favourite Chet Baker track is Embracable you or In the Mood!
My favourite part of ABC jazz is the wide variety of artists everyone plays... Love listening to the jazz programmes whilst I'm cooking dinner, or driving in peak hour traffic! Would love to see Cassandra Wilson with my 20yo daughter, 3rd year BMus student at the Con.
I have been listening to ABC jazz programs since a very little boy when my father returned from WWII.
Always enjoyed 'Satchmo' and his All Stars. A wonderful musician and diplomat for humanity. The Team at ABC Jazz inclusive of the Big 4 in the side column must keep up the good work they are already doing and I will continue to enjoy Jazz from ABC till my call to join Satchmo's team!
Jazz Fest, McBride should be awesome but am I the only one in rapture over the Rebirth Brass Band
Great live shows ... have always loved the jazz stream on my dig radio, but having a laid-back friendly voice introducing items is great .... a great program to do computer programming to! Should be more of it!
Keep it up.
Well it certainly isn't an American Jazz ensemble. The piano player is from Israel as well. Does that annoy you too?
nice tunes for dinneri listened while i ate.
.I remember this recording!! I still have the 78 rpm Melodisc recording on which it appeared in Australia, which was in the 1950's, before L.P's were around. The recording was originally for Roost records in USA and was under the name of the Jimmy Smith Quintet with Stan Getz. The other side was "Tabu". It looks as though Stan's profile was better than Jimmy's so the LP was released as the Stan Getz Quintet.
That unmistakable "breathy" Getz sound (which captivated me and has ever since) together with the overall group precision, delicacy and craftsmanship that has made this recording unforgettable to me and, I believe, a landmark in jazz.
it upsets me that you think we don't want to go to Canberra. Believe me i tried and no one even responded to my repeat correspondence. I was looking to hire venues at commercial rates, the fault doesn't lie with the musicians, especially when they are as pro-active as the JMO. We would love nothing more to play in Canberra, i love it down there, and our last visit to the southern cross club in 2006 was a sensational night of music.
We are free on June 1, if you have any ideas of gigs that can afford 18 musicians PM me email@example.com and i'll chase it up.
Best Australian Jazz Ensemble:
David Ades - A Glorious Uncertainty
Jamie Oehlers Quartet Feat. Ari Hoenig - Smoke And Mirrors
Murphy's Law - Big Creatures and Little Creatures
is it really an australian jazz ensemble with an american player?
Superb, can't wait to get the album
It will be great to see and hear Joe Chindamo
Initially the whole album will sound like unorganised noise. Don’t be fooled…
'Without A Net' is a masterpiece. This is syncopation at the next level/galaxy.The album will need time to grown inside you. Took me about 5 days to understand what the band was attempting to do here. The most beautiful thing here is how on one hand the band is breaking all the laws of rhythm flow, while seriously challenging the listener to find a rhythm in the organised noises, silences and notes they be playing.. This is an excellent piece of artistry.
Careful with the 8:49 min ‘Starry Night’ and other special tracks like the opening track Orbits and Plaza Real. You don’t want to get addicted to any individual tracks like I did. This could turn out to be very devastating for your car stereo speakers, iPod and your thumbs. Rehabilitation does not work once you addicted to this album.
This is a must have for jazz lovers.
I'll certainly be listening in to the Mingus presentation this week on Jazz Up Late. Mingus didn't merely play the bass, he pumped his soul into it! Not for him were showy runs or pretentious theatricalism. Mingus always 'said something' reverberating in his heart. A superb leader and thinker was Mingus. Furthermore, to me this man remains one of America's foremost composers. Thankyou Gerry.
Great sounds endure while Tempus Fugit indeed. It seems no time since I was a kid in the 1960s listening in awe to Wayne in Miles' second great quintet on 'The Sorcerer' album, yet here the man is and about to turn 80! What an inspiration and what a superb musical adventurer. Play on Wayne Shorter.
Hi Jessica, listening to your show in Auckland. What a breath of fresh air. More power to your great musical taste. Regards, Bobby
Not having Miles Davis in a playlist is like forgetting to buy milk! Thanks for the tunes.
What a gorgeous recording, I have owned a copy for past two-and-half year. This record would appeal to people who familiar with likes of John Taylor, Tord Gustavsen, Andrea Kellar. Espen Eriksen trio also has a new album out done in the same manner at "You had me at goodbye".
In the late70s I was sure that Trevor reached the top of his career, yet he keeps on proving me wrong.What an amazing musician and a nice guy on top of it.The same goes for Veryan ,what a match I am lucky enough to see them sometimes every year in London,yet your Concert was amazing Thanks for the chance to hear it GUS
Francis, Calls out to me. "Get yr hand off that Broard".... Mal
i just love it when the term " national tour" is used to refer to the eastern states only.
HI Jessica - oh great one who knows everything there is to know about jazz and more - I live on gold coast Qld what freq do I tune to to catch your shows on Th 2pm (or 3pm here)
Cool lyrics 'Painted on Canvas' & others - cool voice - reminds me of Lincoln Square NYC..... cool Jazz defined - Ken B
JMO tours Hobart, Wellington, Liverpool, Wollongong and the National Capital.... As if!!! Canberra gets left out as usual. Seems like Jazz is dead here. Music in general is really. But nobody is bothered, not the ACT Government (re venues), not ABC Jazz (re promoting), and last but not least, bands (re touring, thanks JMO).
I have tried to play the episode of Gwilym Simcock but cannto fin d the right buttons to push to hear him. Help!
Update: We eventually released Been Away Too Long on April 30, 2012. This is the ultimate in irony or ignorance, but I chose that date based on CD availability, and at the time I had no clue that it was Max's birthday! Talk about a deerr moment. No one said anything either. I only learned this fact a week or so ago as I am planning Max birthday specials for fans and record stores. We haven't sold a lot but I am looking forward to sell out the first pressing of 1,250 CDs by the end of 2013, that'll make for some nice royalty checks for the band. At least we got into JB Hi-Fi which was a task, but our distributor, Press Play Music, got out of the business late 2012. So I had to turn LosTraxx into a direct to fan, direct to record store operation. Max predicted I wouldn't make any money, and he is right so far. I am now retired/disabled from my profession, so doing this work is officially a hobby, and I have a lot of flexibility when it comes to what I do. We still have not located the #2 Merritt tape or Billy Thorpe's tape. However, I just released a CD from one of New York City's most popular live bands from 1973 thru 1981 - The N.Y.C August Rock Band, recorded but never released, 7 of 8 tracks are original 70s Rock & Roll/Pop and a cover of Stagger Lee, a new arrangement that is awesome.
So I'll update a gain as soon as we locate the Merritt and Thorpe tapes...that will be an awesome time for me when they are found. The Thorpe tape was made immediately following the Been Away Too Long tape...we had both bands performing that night #1 and #2. Not bad...fingers crossed for our success. I appreciate your interest as always.
Never before has the word "seamless" been so relevant. It perfectly describes the transition from Jim McLeod to Mal Stanley. Thankyou for so many new artists and tracks - favourites include Dr Lonny Smith, The Necks, Pat Metheny, Ray Brown Trio, Modern Jazz Quartet, Al de Meola and so many more.
Last night from 9 pm onwards, I greatly enjoyed the old/ classical/ traditional jazz. Please broadcast such music more often. On Thursdays from 9 pm ! ?
Fri 15 Mar 2013
love it love it love it... whens the next one?
Wonderful, joy-filled music with so many great moments where it takes you completely to another place. Thanks!
Had the thrill of seeing/listening to the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra live at Ronnie Scott's London back in 1971. What a band and what a night! Dynamic Pianist John Taylor with his trio, which incuded ace drummer Tony Oxley, opened proceedings. Between sets excerpts from Miles' "Bitches Brew" were featured. Furthermore, the legendary Stones drummer, Charlie Watts, was in the audience.
Naturally, I'll be tuning in. By the way folks, if you want to hear a superb big band album, get hold of "Central Park North," by Thad, Mel and the lads. Their take on "Jive Samba" is really something.
What is the song that being play at 14:40 Brisbane time?
My mum was a classical concert pianist and I like cool jazz.This is wonderful common ground.
Look forward to hearing Miles at Antibes again nearly 45 years after hearing and seeing him play there.
this is fabulous. thank you.
Now her best jazz is the The Autumn Leaves ( my favorite), Feeling Orange but Sometimes blue, i wantcha babe, Devotions, Sensitivity, Happy feelings, Love Never Changes, Think of You, Bestfriend, knockin, I Tried, You & Me, Can i Be the One to Bring you Joy, higher than this ..& more
wow, now this is where i dream for you Ledisi, ABC JAZZ, when we agreed in ours to call you into MAJOR NETWORK TELEVISION,lol who would image a KING.. thanks ABC she's worth it and so are you ..
Thanks Mal Stanley for your excellent Jazztrack programmes this past weekend - always a pleasure to the ears.
No doubt you're a very busy chap, but if possible I'd love to hear another track or two from these albums:
Wynton Kelly - "It's All Right".
Dick Morrissey Quartet - "Storm Warning".
Cheers and thanks Mal,
There was a great album, The Apartment, wasn't there? I don't see it in the discography.
This is a beautiful and sophisticated piece of work, reminiscent of wistful, dreamy summer days. I feel like I'm sailing, or enjoying a walk in a national park. I feel an essence of Miles Davis coming through in places, though one of the things I like best is the fresh originality of the musicianship, which is sublime! You know these guys enjoyed every moment of creating this. You can feel it...
Sincere congratulations Jonathan on this release. Not only is the music explorative, beautifully arranged and aesthetically pleasing, but that cover design is both stunning and beguiling! Well done and thankyou to all concerned.
What a festival of creativity, KT, Paul Dunmall, the fabulous Elton, Paul Rutherford... I yearn for this freedom in music still... great that you are still presenting this. Thank you. Chris Caldwell (Delta Saxophone Quartet)
I have been a fan of his too since I heard him playing in 1950's when I was working at Kogarah.
Saw him live in New York some years back with McCoy Tyner's trio at the Blue Note. Doubling on vibes and marimba, his playing was not only technically mesmerising but frequently enchanting. The audience got their money's worth in more ways than one that delightful Autumn evening! (I believe this group recorded but haven't been able tp obtain their disc.) Henderson's voice remains uniquely his despite the positive influence of the monumental Milt Jackson. I'll be tuning in to this for sure.
Byrd was one of those delightful trumpeters from whom we we didn't always hear enough. Though possibly eclipsed by some other more formidable and perhaps more flamboyant contemporaries, he had in his own unique way, much to offer. Coming home late after work, I'm often uncertain as to what to put on the stereo.
In such moments - if I don't put on some 1950s Miles - I frequently drop on "Royal Flush", "Off To The Races" or "Byrd In Hand", all guaranteed to caress the soul as it wanders through a divine night of my own dreams.
All three albums feature some of the world's greatest on thier respective instruments playing standards and originals.
As Miles said,"Bill Evans plays the piano like it should be played!"
You just played a Johnny Smith track from '67.
The major reason he left New York and stopped touring was not fear of the studio but to look after his then 4 year old daughter, following his wife's death. So - a decent man, too. More detail on him is here, in an article from the Colorado Springs Independent (from quite some time ago now).
He was a fine fine player, undeservedly neglected today. Unlike many guitarists of later generations, he used sublime technique only to serve expression, not to dazzle for its own sake.
Clearly not. I always thought that was Diz practicing on the train! Fantastic picture anyway.
Isn't that a picture of Dizzy Gillespie?
Not really jazz guys. Not enyoying it at all. At least there are no saxophones. Just violins??
If I were them I would get someone to play the guitar
There is nobody playing the guitar???
I would love to hear this episode, but the file seems to be missing - I have tried a number of browsers and devices and it just doesn't work. Please fix?
I do agree to what Roy Bissell wrote. For instance Dee Dee Bridgewater is good not in any way fantastic like Diana Krall is for instance.
Sublime! That's all I can say regarding Fred Hersch's heart-rending takes on "The Wind"/"Moon and Sand" featured on last Sunday's Jazztrack programme. This album is on my shopping list.
loved .. purchased and have played many many times!
Beautiful music created and wonderfully played by a beautiful and extremely talented woman!
Absolutely beautiful!! After hearing this, I went straight to Itunes and bought an album. Love it...
This is one of the great jazz soundtracks - don't miss it - DISEman
Well done to Newmarket Music.
Many thanks for recording and broadcasting the three M's from Wangaratta - much appreciated.
There was another Trio M performance in Wangaratta with Phil Slater, Simon Barker and (?) -
was this performance recorded too ?
And thanks for including a Myra Melford / Alister Spence Piano Duo improvisation in the broadcast -
looking forward to the broadcast of the whole set.
I enjoyed the broadcast from last year's Alister Spence / Satoko Fujii Piano Duo, bought a few of
Satoko Fujii's CD's after that. One of the CD's was 'Under The Water' - Piano Solo and Duo : Satoko Fujii - Myra Melford.
And now we have the Myra Melford / Alister Spence Piano Duo - a perfect circle of improvised music - thanks.
Would be nice to see Trio M and/or Myra Melford touring Australia soon again.
It's the end of the year / beginning of a new year - perfect time to say thanks for all the live broadcasts.
Thanks ABC Jazz and thanks ABC in general for providing this excellent service !!!
Always looking forward to the next broadcast here and at the other stations !!!
In about the same way as I stop and despair when hearing James Muller, a piece by Doug De Vries on ABC Jazz digital generally leads me to want to sell each of my beautiful and much loved guitars!!! ;-) Seriously, Doug is for sure a wonderful guitar player. Just heard Peregrine on ABC Jazz Digital and, oh boy, is it a nice piece?
Melbourne is a lucky town to have you there.
This is a stimulating selection of jazz. Ivan has introduced some great new themes for me. It's hard to pick a favourite as they all have their unique style.
Very nice player in the semi classical mode and nicely recorded. Michael krelle
Why don't you link to MP3s or streaming audio?
What's this about red & white? An order from Ally Moore to celebrate the Sydney Swans' premiership on air?
"Fantastic is a bit much - "very nice" would be OK otherwise what do you call Trane, Prez, Monk, Miles etc ?
Over 'hyperbole" is for journo/pop/twits - please let jazz stay a world of honesty and clarity - not girl singers and exaggeration !
Thank you Jessica Nicholas - this year's shows have been amazing. The more experimental side of jazz music is really interesting and your shows are a great way to catch up with what's happening.
I'm loving stuff by Barney McCall, Tord Gustavsen, Richard Galliano, Benedikt Jahnel etc etc..
-- Can anyone recommend a good one-stop shop to buy this stuff or do I need to go to individual label's websites?
ABC JAZZ is fabulous and so many people enjoy it!
Instead of being negative, destructive and silly, anyone who doesn't agree should just simply tune in to another station. Easy. There is a huge choice of Jazz from all over the world at our fingertips. We are so lucky!
The Brubeck & Rushing album was first issued in 1960 and I note that it was reissued in 1998 and is available at Amazon.com. It has also been reissued on Avid as part of 'Jimmy Rushing Four Classic Albums plus' (www.avidgroup.co.uk). By the way I've just purchased this from Avid for Xmas.
Hope this helps.
Re Harry Monty's comment - was this a whole set / album? I have one track "There'll Be Some Changes Made" recorded 29 Jan 1960 according to the sleeve notes, on a compilation CD "The Essential Dave Brubeck". Take Five was the first 45 I ever bought!
What was that middle eastern sounding piece by (I think) a West Australian outfit.
I am writing as anonymous because after I registered I kept getting "access denied" whenever I tried to move around the website and ABC Jazz doesn't exist in the help pages.
Not enjoying it. Too self indulgent. Unrecognisable melody.
Can anyone tell me the title of this double CD and where it may be available to buy? Thank you.
I followed your link to the Dave Brubeck & Sons concert on the Sydney Opera House Project and watched the recording with fond memories have attended the concert.
After viewing I watched another segment with James Morrison and Margaret Throsby. Unfortunately Margaret spoke about Sonny Rollins as "the late great". As far as I am aware Sonny is still alive and playing. Maybe this section can be amended.
Re Jon Tourle's query, the Dave Brubeck Quartet made a recording with Jimmy Rushing in the 1960s.
Dave's death is a great loss to the Jazz Community.
Tim's youtube channel:
I cannot recall anyone singing with The Dave Brubeck Trio,
Can anyone advise me otherwise, with details please.
Saw him with his two sons at the Opera house in the 1970's - Two generations of Brubeck. A great show.
John Taylor, Dave Holland and myself shared a flat in Muswell Hill, London in1966/7.
Two of the three went on to achieve musical fame and fortune. The third went on to achieve..err..um..musical oblivion. Such is life.
A truly unique pianist with a style defying categorisation. Had the rush of seeing him live at Ronnie Scott's London many years ago and sat mesmerised - particularly as he had that electrifying drummer, Tony Oxley, included in his trio.
Beautiful song simply mesmerising ...but how do I get this recording as it is not on her website or on itunes or youtube.
We stream ABC jazz live in our shop but there seems to be too much commentary & not enough music
Heya, loving this episode just have two questions...
a) is there a way I can download it so I dont have to use the net everytime I want to listen to it?
b) the player or feed seems to squeek horribly from time to time, doesnt seem to happen when I listen to other stations so wondering if its a problem from the transmitting end??
Saw them in Brisbane and they were outstanding. Consummate musicians who clearly love each others company.
there is never enough Sandy Evans on radio
many thanks for this excellent Sandy Evans Trio broadcast
How do I listen to this set? No link?
Hi ABC Jazz,
Any chance the this discussion will be broadcast or chucked online to listen to?
Stunning pianist. Great Composer.
Great Kristin, all the best for this afternoon. Love from the Eberhards
Hi, where is the sound file for this gig?
We're playing on Reid St, On Sunday (4th) at 5:30pm
If you don't mind some old standards, cranked right up, come and give us a look.
We'd REALLY love it if you'd "Like" our Facebook Page! www.facebook.com/missfits you can also have a look at our Website (www.missfits.com.au) to see where else we're playing or see what we sound like!
I fell in love with this song when I listened to it on the radio earlier on.
How much better can Brad Meldhau get? Yet another dazzling album and more expense for yours truly! Oh well. Great art is both priceless and timeless.
A stunning performance. These four superb musicians should be coerced into a recording studio to record these thrilling tracks for general release. Particularly noteworthy was the rendition of 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue' - an old favourite since my boyhood. (We had an old 78rpm recording of this at home in the 1950s which we literally wore out through playing it on an old wind-up grammophone.) I remain a huge fan of Joe Chindamo - a keyboard legend. Thanks ABC Jazz for this fine broadcast.
bUDDLE is the grooviest Australian sax player of all time.There is none who swing like him. It"s about time people realized this. Why is Australia so incredibly stiff and square??
Very smooth. Just the kind of music I like.
please what is the name & song played with that smooth french female singer that was on about 3:20 today??
Does anyone know if the cd Hello Earth by Theo Bleckmann is available in Australia??
Stunning musicianship, and great sound quality.
The Don Burrows Concert recording is remarkably good
especially since it has been zapped in a microwave !
Casey Golden and Bob Barnard was a great show.
You probably need to upgrade your research - it offered nothing on one of Australia's jazz icons - Bob Barnard.
If any musician epitomises what it is to lose it all and come back it is Pat Martino. A brain aneurysm totally destroyed his ability to play, yet enough muscle memory remained in his hands to allow the physical to be overcome much more easily than the the theory.He had to learn it all again, and how.
An inspiration to Jazz musicians and certainly would be picked in the top 10 Jazz guitarists of all time,most of todays young icons idolise Pat Martino.His 1970's explorations stand the test of time, his most recent recordings are contemporary and musically relevant. Bravo Pat.
Love Chet Baker. Would be over the moon if I could win tickets
You guys should check out from New York, jazz singer ,songwriter Brigitte Zarie
We love her here !
Hi Mal & thanks for the "Lighthouse" track by Simcock,Garland and Sirkis. I got my ear to the speaker man and that track layed down some wonderfully upbeat impro over some diggin' in grooves. Cheers for that I purchased it immediately. Regards,Simon
that thing by Mike Nock was beautiful
Bernie, you're a Heaven-sent musical messenger in our angst-filled world. An inspirational gold medal winner in the devoted hearts of all serious jazz devotees. Happy Birthday sweet soul - and stay with us as long as you wish. We need you. Any musical excursion involving Master McGann remains compelling listening.
Forget football. Observing at this stunning musical lineup, I 'm reminded why Jazztrack remains an essential part of my weekend.
Oh to have been present when Bird, Bean And Pres were out there together! We dream, we seek, we love and maybe we fly.
Couldn't agree with you more about what an inspiration Sandy is or her generosity.
I was also lucky to witness the 'When the Sky Cries Rainbows' suite last year at Wangaratta. It was very raw and powerful.
Looking forward to reading more about YWJW
Well said Christopher! I believe Richard Cook also said (referring Whitney Balliett's quote about Jazz being the sound of surprise), "If Jazz is the sound of surprise, then Warne Marsh is the sound of Jazz". I've never heard a better quote. Loved your comments. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mark Turner recently and have digested his comments along with yours and I come away with a new perspective myself! Thanks for all the thoughts!
wonderful groove, the M/S orch. & miss Beradi this is some of the best of Australian orchestrated jazz........great vocal and outstanding musicians
Just got my new tablet and on train to brisbane how kool!
It would be great if this set was downloadable! Love it!
Absolutely incredible song. thank you to ABC for putting it in the airwaves and to the artist for creating it.
I'm still cracking up over this title,these cats are obviously enjoying themselves which means the music has gotta be great.
Coltrane went through a number of phases in his career. This was one of many high points. What a delight!
I listen to ABC Jazz almost every night and on weekends when working on the computer. I cannot work with any other style of music. That way if I like something I can look it up and buy it I am compiling a great playlist. So I just wanted to let you know that I really do appreciate this channel and the professional presentation of the music.
This stunning album should be part of every serious jazz collection. All the lads are in top form - love Eric Dolphy's quirky contributions.
An unusual array of fascinating influences combined with her unique musical talent makes Christine Tobin well worth listening to - and unlike many modern female jazz singers, truly original. I thoroughly enjoyed her piece featured on Jazztrack. As a lover of both jazz and literature in its various guises, I look forward to hearing more of Christine.
Thanks ABC Jazz.
how can I save this to my computor for future playing 2012 OB Fed Square
Thanks heaps, Mal and Jess, for enduring the "balmy" OB facility (I assume heaters were out of question due to noise) to bring this to us. I am a regular listener to both of your programs.
... am trying to find playlist for your show today; whatever was playing @ 1.30 sth aust time ... last item in program... would like to know what it was... don't get how things are organised on jazz website???
Great music from two great presenters!
Hi there, I went to check out live Gypsy Jazz at a place called Kulcha in the heart of Freo on Sunday. Couldn't believe its free entry, and every Sunday and started at 4, I think. They had Ashley Arbuckle 'filling in' for the Belleville Quartet.
Just thought it might be something that the other listeners would want to know about too.
Love the music you're playing!
Digital radio is now also available in Canberra, not just the five capitals mentioned above.
Is Duke Ellington a Dubstep Artist???
Hi ... can you provide the tracklist for the Thur 9 Aug broadcast ... there was a John Scofield tune that I want to track down. ... Chris
Hi! I was just wondering what the name of the song the was played about 3 mins ago. With a guitar and a girl singing?
I always wanted to play the bongos. An historic instrument, which you can make at home, take anywhere, and set the 'rhythm' of the day for any passer-by.
There is a hidden track. After track 11 there is a ll minute silence before the hidden track. This is unreasonable and unfair without a clear warning.
Fabulous, please play more of these wonderful discussion with Jazz greats.It made my day.Regards,Simon.
Love ABC Jazz
Hi Jessica, really enjoyed Best of British with Norma Winstone and the NDR Big Band. Standout track Riverman, the Nick Drake song. Nick Brown, Tawonga, Victoria.
Dear ABC Jazz,
I'd dearly love to listen in to this interview, but I'll possibly be working when it is being broadcast.
Will it be repeated at any other times or will it be available for online listening?
Please advise; thankyou.
Oops. I goofed! I should have said "Moon Dreams", in reference to Gil's stunning work on "The Complete Birth Of The Cool". Sorry.
Gil was and remains a man ahead of his time - an astonishingly creative, lateral thinker for whom there were never any musical boundaries. Though sadly missed, how fortunate jazz has been to have this extraordinarily gifted soul within its realm. Oh those heartbreakingly tender dissonances on pieces including "Moonbeams" along with the exotica of "Sketches Of Spain".
Gil has moved on, yet has generously bestowed upon us sounds of incomparable beauty. Thankyou Mr Evans.
WOW.......great to hear some unknown Gil Evans charts, this is a suitable remembrance album, "CENTENNIAL" by Brian Truesdell.......thanks ABC FM JAZZ for the air-play Jazz makes it all worth while ----
Superb set from names which are new to me. Recommended listening. Reminded me in parts of John Surman, Louis Sclavis and touch of 70's fusion from the electric piano (Fender Rhodes?). Must have impressed for me to arrive at this page and to post comments.
superb artist - thank you for including her.
Saw them live in Perth, they were astonishing..
re Tubbby Hayes he was one of the greatest in his generation a great talent sadly missed along with
Ronny Scott & many others
Can't access the Fringe again audio "resource not found - error 404"
It was Graeme's band that introduced me to jazz back in 1950. I'll never forget Smokey Mokes and Maple Leaf Rag and of course, South. My first jazz concert was the Bell band at Sydney Town Hall where a young John Sangster on drums drove Roger and Lou and the other wonderful Bell boys. I still treasure my shellac 78 recording. So sad that Graeme has left us.
Go to Tim Willis' website for the real biography www.timwillis.com.au
The CD is available at:
Really quality information, thank you so much.
Hi Jessica, I woke up to a great track about 1pm on Sunday July 1st, and I found a note in my phone which said 'Jim Jeffries' Did you play a track by this guy around 1pm on Sunday?? If not, can you list a couple of the tunes played either side of 1pm :)
I've listened to Graeme's music for over 50 years. Favourite memory was when he came to Ravensthorpe WA in 1980 and I had dinner with him prior to the concert. I asked Graeme if he would play Black & White Rag and sent a bottle of whisky backstage. The trumpeter got stuck into the whisky during interval and really hammered it in the second half. Graeme play B&W Rag for me - it was a great night.
Glad you enjoyed my melbourne performance. Norton's is over but i'm going back to melbourne in September to do another tour. Feel free to Facebook me or leave your email address and i shall keep you up to date with where i'm playing.
His Norwegian Wood (tonight) is brilliant. Wouldn't mind a higher rotation of any Kurt Elliing.
I go back to the 1950s when Graham was a constant visitor to us in The Sydney Jazz Club.... who remembers"The Dungeon" at the basement in Martin Place on Saturday Nights, I was a banjo player and have played sit-ins many times with his bands ....Vale mate...last time I spoke to you it was at the Jazz Fest in Adelaide we said it would be a race to see who plays in the "Heavenly Jazz Band" first....you win again!!!! I'll miss you pal.
You will be on my radio program this week
John the Jazzman
Saw Michael Griffin at Melb Jazz fest and he is a great talent. Where can I get a recodring of his? Does he have a regular gig in sydney (he doesn't play at Norton's on Nortaon - I phone there yesterday!)
Great music Sandy. But where to buy the CD ?
I just heard a great song by someone called Nadia (around 12.50pm, Sunday 17th June). What was the song and the album it was from? Loved it. aroma_goddessatyahoodotcomdotau.
A great loss to Australia, the music industry and the Australian Jazz Movement in particular. Every Australian performing artist owes his or her livelihood to Graeme Bell and his ilk who traced out the hard road from nothing, making possible and easier to achieve the careers they now enjoy and which many take for granted, not just in jazz in the full spectrum but from rock to high classical music.
Good music and great performance were his passions and he fought hard and often to his detrimrnt, for the rights of Australian performers to be recorded and then when only overseas mediocrity was good enough for (particularly commercial) radio stations; to have local recordings aired and acknowledged. He was as at home on Bandstand as he was on his own television and radio programs.
He was also an outstanding Trdade Unionist.
We shall never see him or his like again but we must never forget him. Death alone will see him silenced but his noisy legacy will surviv him. Great work and well done by a great Australain in a beautiful musical life, well-lived.
Although the film is about Italians I feel this is inherently French in sound and feel. As soon as I heard it on the radio I had to find out what it was. Beautiful!
Great information. Thanks for sharing the link!
Alison Wedding's new album "This Dance" is one of the best albums I have heard this year or any year! The tracks with Chris Potter, Lionel Louke and Theo Bleckmann are sublime as is the rest of the album. Truly a masterpiece that demands repeated listens!
Vale Graeme Bell. Thanks for the memories of your gigs in Darwin with the All Stars A mentor to my son when he was starting out in what is now a fulltime career
Dee Dee Bridgewater is an amazing Jazz singer and bravo to the Melbourne Jazz Festival to have invited such a wonderful artist!
EXCELLENT INTERVIEW JESSICA
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
Vale and thankyou Graeme Bell. You certainly played a role in getting me interested in jazz when I was still a spotty-faced, duffle-coated teen back in the early 60s!
This excellent jazz festival has been a truly outstanding event both musically and culturally. Celebrations of this nature really DO put Melbourne on the world map - in sharp contrast to outrageously expensive car races and other so-called 'special events'! Thankyou once again to the dedicated organisers.
Eric Harland, Tim Firth and Marcus Gilmore shape drums style in our century. Good luck.
One of favourite pieces - such a great bass line running thru it but being composed by Willie Dixon a bassist himself it shows how great bass can be -
Gawd Dayum this is groovy.
I must say, the gallery is a bit of a let down. It would have been good to see a shot of the whole band, not just the individuals
Thanks for playing the wonderful music of Django & Stéphane. Since there is a rising popularity of Gypsy Jazz music, it would be great to hear more of this type of music on the air, with players such as Stochelo Rosenberg, Angelo Debarre, Biréli Lagrène and the list goes on! Keep it up! Charles, Perth WA
Just heard your program featuring Ken James. There was a number called Last Straw, which I immediately recognised as something else - the Cymbalism track from Drum Suite, by Manny Albam and Ernie Wilkins. I'm sure Last Straw was presented as a Ken James' original.
you guys help keep me sane and happy.
There are some intriguing musical stylists emerging from Asia who have held my ear for some time and these include Hiromi. I'm looking forward to seeing her live in Melbourne shortly. Her album "Jazz In The Garden", with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, is an aural delight and highly recommended. (Adore her take on "Sakura Sakura" particularly.) How thrilling to see Asian jazz making such an impact.
Excellent artist expanding Jazz back to one of its roots....
the percusion instrument on this album is not a bod-run; it is pronounced Bow (as in ship)-ron
Gil - to me - could do no wrong. As a teenage boy back in the 60s, I was awestruck after hearing 'Solea' for the first time from "Sketches Of Spain' featured by the wonderful Arch McKirdy during his Monday night jazz programme on 3LO. (Essential listening in those days. There were several other excellent jazz presenters in that golden era too including Eric Child, Ralph Rickman and Geoff Hiscock.) A uniquely lateral thinker, Gil was 'A man apart' indeed. Furthermore, love Gil's 'Svengali' and his take on the Jimi Hendrix tune, 'Up From The Skies'.Nice one ABC Jazz.
Re Gil Evans,
There is a terrific arrangement of La Nevada by Lalo Schifrin on the his CD 'Jazz Meets The Symphony #4 - Metamorhosis'.
Today (Friday 11/05) you played a cover of 'In the Dark' by a female vocalist around 3pm. It was fantastic! Who was the artist?
Relaxing after a good dinner, suddenly to my great joy and surprise I manage to connect to good old Aussie land, on my computer in Goteborg Sweden, I lived in Sydney during eight great years I am so fond of you all, Came 1965 into a pub I smoked at the time asked my Aussie bloke on the right. "Excuse me where is the ash tray"?Moments of waiting for his reply............., "Your are standing in it" Thank´s for good music it inspires me to hear and remember. One of many Swedes
As soon as I heard the first few bars I knew it was Miles in Spain.The arrangement is spectacular;the oud is such a beautiful touch.
Where can we buy "Cosmic waves" ? It was lovely.
I can see why she likes this photo.....
no drummer ever like Gene Krupa
He sounds amazing... would love the chance to see him perform with all the Brazilian/Caribbean influences and two new amazing musicians!
A sublime, deeply meaningful conception. The jazz message, being global, is now something we can all embrace and celebrate as it represents the triumph of the divine human spirit over adversity.
To those who haven't listened to much jazz or only tune in occasionally, please seriously do so. I pray it brings as much peace, beauty and fulfilment in your lives as it has in mine and countless others. Why not learn a musical instrument too if you haven't?
Can you help with a recently played question please? Last Friday early afternoon - a track by a 'drummer as band leader' recent release. I seem to remember it being a European artist. Very organic and textured with an open 'room sound' ????
Paul G Man
Special thanks Mal Stanley for the thoughtful Mingus feature on last night's Jazztrack.
Yet another quality I adore in Mingus, was his uncanny ability to work so intuitively with drummer Danny Richmond. What a rhythm section! Additionally,adore his guest work with other musicians including Miles Davis on albums like the hauntingly beautiful "Blue Moods".
Happy listening to all,
Can’t wait to see and hear the live performance of this legend!
Mingus was born in 1922 which means it is his 90th anniversary. Worth celebrating anyway!
arguably, a once in a life-time opportunity to hear one of the most influential jazz pianists of our time aside from the great Bill Evans.
She sure reminds me of Tord Gustavsen but that's a great echo to make anyway! Where can I buy a cd?
Mingus remains one of America's greatest 20th century composers - a true pioneer yet fully aware of his roots and the injustice suffered by his people. Fiery, iconic, spiritual and purpose-driven, Mingus will always stand tall in jazz and contemporary music generally. "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady", is another of his masterworks and is an essential inclusion in any serious jazz collection. Seeing the Mingus Big Band live a few years back was a truly memorable experience.
Thankyou Mr Mingus and ABC Jazz.
hi jessica, last sunday (15/4) you played, around 1.40pm, a track from a young english saxophone player named josh something (peleydo?). can't find a playlist from your program. is is possible to let me know who it was. he was sensational. cheers, david
There's never been a more soulful female jazz singer. Yes, 'Happy Birthday' indeed Lady Day.
Thankyou too Mal Stanley for the thoughtful feature on Billie in last Saturday's edition of Jazztrack.
By the way people, do have a serious listen to Duke Ellington's 'Far East Suite', as mentioned. This astonishing album is too rarely heard from and just look at the all-star line-up performing on it!
Happy listening all,
Simply exquisite. A team of masterful musicians including a groundbreaking saxophonist, combined with the sensitive soulfulness of a stately vocalist interpreting classic love ballads, make this album a treasure.
Dave Brubeck is a part of my life and I heartily agree with Christopherr Lynce when he comments on Paul Desmonfd and Joe Morello. I lved in rural Australia as a boy and tennager and hearing Dave Brubeck was a window into the world to me - sophisticated, distant and very very cool.I bought all his LP's much to the mystery of many of my friends.
Play on Dave
i love this track, sounds very much like my favourite hip hop band ATCQ's Electric Relaxation! Who sampled who???
Does anyone know if the concert at the opera house with the sydney symph was released on dvd?
I cannot miss that .
That sounds great! I enjoyed it..
Oops Sorry - I remembered her as Canadian because of the Diana Krall concert - seems she's American.
Melody Gardot is Canadian. She is amazing. She was here as a support act with Diana Krall. Read about her on Wikipedia.. She is almost blind as she was severely disabled after a car ran her off her bicycle, but through her own will power and music healed herself to the point where she can perform as beautifully as this - writes her own songs too.
Absolutely brilliant. I have a few Bobby McF cd's. Classical with Yo Yo Ma and also Chick Corea. Leave me breathless every time I hear them. This man is truly blessed.
Looking forward to Bareny's performances at Stonnington Jazz, for more info go to www.stonningtonjazz.com.au
The Movin' and Groovin' Orchestra ? You have to be joking!
Wonderful performance! Hope it'll be repeated.
Why doesn't ABC Jazz include Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz from NPR? It used to be on ABC Classic FM years ago.
Others may disagree, but to me the jazz flute is the ultimate in 'cool'. Yes, the saxes are soulful, the piano sensitive and a complete orchestra, yet the flute - like a beautiful lady - bears hidden mysteries.
Over the years I've studied piano and played drums, yet playing flute has been the ultimate. Just warming up can mean dreaming about interesting people and exotic locales. While on the subject of the flute, how about some Jeremy Steig?
Thanks ABC Jazz.
No doubt he is the best performer and Amazing Artist.
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Sophie Brous has an amazing voice. I was just wondering if she has any records available to purchase. I would enjoy hearing more from her.
Re your foolish comment sic "full of uninspired overseas players".
So the likes of McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chris Potter and Hiromi - to name a few - can be described in this misguided manner? Do you REALLY know anything about these superb musicians?
If you - whoever you are - believe you can do more to contribute to the artistic content of this festival, then no doubt the organisers would welcome your input.
Your ill-considered remarks make me - and no doubt numerous other serious jazz devotees - wonder if you really know much about this inspirational art form.
You're always entitled to your opinions Anonymous, but please ensure you know what you're talking about.
In the twit's remarks I thought C.Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, Paul Gonsalves, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and one or two others were much more important than all except Prez and Trane (?) but it's all subjective I suppose !
Sorry to say, but Mr Tyner is just going through the motions for the sake of his retirement fund these days. Those who remember the monumental power of the man from his mid-90s Melbourne concert will be sorely disappointed; by all means attend to pay homage to one of the all-time giants of jazz, but rein in your expectations. (He does have a very capable band.)
Chris Potter OTOH is an artist at the height of his powers. Folks, don't miss that gig.
Sorry but Ho Hum another corporate jazz event full of uninspired overseas players. Bring on Wang!!
This wonderful festival truly is a 'special event' - we passionate jazz lovers owe the organisers a massive outpouring of gratitude. Over the past 24 hours I've been listening to some favourite CDs from McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard and Hiromi in eager anticipation of this musical extravaganza. No doubt others are doing likewise. Thanks ABC Jazz and Jessica Nicholas from Christopher 'The Jazzbear' Lynch. (I'm nicknamed the Jazzbear because if I don't get my regular jazz fix I'm told I'm as grumpy as a bear!)
Forget the Formula One GP and all those other culturally bankrupt events for which Melbourne is sadly too well known, this wonderful jazz festival bears true merit allowing us to be seen in the wider world as more than a bunch of beery AFL followers. Congratulations and gratitude to the likes of Michael Tortoni and the other dedicated organisers who have compiled this outstanding programme.
Loved the track Mad about the Boy from A Small Hotel, Charmaine Jones is a gorgeous singer and Mike Bevan on guitar is brilliant. Thank you!
So...when is it? Where is it being held? Some info please people for those of us who enjoy Jazz but are not fanatical supporters!
what a pity this wasn't onble Michelle video...great show..and the inimitable Michelle..we have many fine voices in the country, and like me they all know she is the best
unusual expreince...loved it
Why dont they bring this to Japan? They have Osaka music festival in the summer but id like to see more international acts.
Any musician that has passed away deserves recognition even if people arent familiar with them. They simply have contributed to the arts and thats a major respect period. Rest In Piece Paul Motian.
I always wanted to play drums, I do know a lil bit but I am good guitarist player. Paul was an inspiring drummer and my band mates still follow him.
Stellar performance as usual!
Just extraordinary. I hope this recording is available to buy and cherish. Sublime!
Pete from Lilyfield
I thought ABC Jazz on Digital Radio replayed JazzTrack on Tuesday at 2pm??? not on ..
is it possible to get your weekly playlist? do you have your own email mail list for updates?
can we please have a playlist of the tracks you play?
Saw Bernie and his quartet at the Sound Lounge in early Feb. Absolutely brilliant.
What a stunning broadcast this should be!
A local great of legendary status superbly supported, playing the incomparable music of a true jazz genius.
The Jazzbear will definitely be sitting back with some cool refreshment saturating his ears with heavenly sounds.
Joyous listening to all;
My admiration of Jacques goes back a long way, to the 1960s when I first heard and saw his original trio on IMT.
Through his early recordings, I first became interested - via the 'back door' - in the wondrous music of the incomparable J.S. Bach, which led to a broader love of the classical genres generally. Quite possibly there are others who are in my position. (I still cherish a vinyl copy of his recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 BWV 1050.) Merci Jacques!
Schumann furthermore, is another composer whose work I adore. I'll certainly be purchasing this album.
Had the pleasure of seeing his brother Nat perform at the Montsalvat Jazz & Blues Festival in the early 1990's. He played this and Mercy Mercy Mercy and a lot of others songs. A fantastic show.
Cant say I know Alan Pasqua, but when that inimitable Brecker sound cuts through the room I have to drop everything and just focus, drift. Here's another discovery I have to add to my collection.
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She is incredible!!!!, Improvisation is unbelievable, I could listen to her for hours.
More creative genius from the master and his apprentices!
a great listen[with eyes closed]..fantastic...saw them live from front row at 'the Stadium' in Sydney in ???
I just love the sensuous, subtle beauty of CD's playing, which epitomises the extraordinary allure of the region from which he hails. As a young man I was as enchanted with Scandinavia as I later became with the East and this music is so evocative of my imaginings during my sojourn there. Superb music to savour in quieter times. Thankyou for the video clips too.
Hello ABC Jazz,
Re the above comment.
Sorry if I forgot to put my name to this, but please feel free to add it!
Thankyou ( Kam sa ham ni da! ) and warmest wishes,
Chris: We are trying to locate two other master tapes we made in 1969 and 70. One more of Max and the other of Billy Thorpe.
I am a 4-5 finger speed typist myself, never did learn properly either. Fountain pens and blotting paper, talk about basic technology.
While working on the project, a distributor in Melbourne made the observation that fans are the most under estimated people in the music business. I was a know nothing fan up until last July. Never worked in the business, let alone be the executive producer of an album that is about to be released worldwide. Had no relationship with anyone or anything regarding the music business.
One of my first contacts was Bob Bertles. The path was Peter Evans (lighting guy at the venue where we recorded - I had never met), then to Peter Williams (ex-Meteor, Groove etc, etc, etc.), then Mike Rudd of Spectrum, Ariel fame, then Tim Dunn, Ruffus Records, Bob's label, then Bob. Bob was so enthusiastic that another part of Aus R&R history had been found and would be released. Not a single person in the process thought I was "just a fan with a crazy idea".
Any way, I'll keep you posted of future developments.
Sorry Brian, but should have added that if your organisation issues or reissues any other quality Australian rock or jazz recordings please let me know. It's uplifting to know there are people out there like yourself who truly appreciate their music. No doubt most of today's designer-clad executives heading up leading 'music industry' multi-nationals couldn't care less about the quality of music they distribute and are only out to make fast bucks. (They probably wouldn't know a C Dorian scale from a II,V,I voicing!) You impress as being vastly different. Keep up the good fight Brian!
One other thing. Sorry about my typos. I never did learn to type properly. Ridiculous I realise. (I was brought up on Shakespeare as well as Latin in addition to logarithm tables, Copperplate writing using nib pens, ink and blotting paper in the era of valve radios.)
Best wishes once more.
How can I not listen to this!!
How sweet; they finish on Take Five :)
Thanks again Brian for your comments and extra info.
Please keep me informed of any further developments.
I'll be listening - wouldn't miss it for quids!
Absolutely wonderful news. Having wonderful friends and relatives in Korea, this for me will be compulsory listening. I was fortunate to hear some of this fare live and had the pleasure of meeting and thanking Simon Barker for bringing this fascinating, extraordinary music to a local audience. I've travelled widely for decades in Asia and consequently I'm always delighted to hear music from this intrigueing continent - particularly Korea -being promoted. Thankyou ABC Jazz and Mal Stanley.
Chris: What an eloquent recitation of what we grew up with...and yes I agree, some bands just seemed to mesmerize us. After we got the go ahead from Max on the project, I asked him how he would describe the music style of that particular lineup. His own words were, and I included this in press release, "a unique sound, a cross pollination of rock, jazz, soul and blues." He said, "we had two rockers and two jazzers", seeming to say to me, Well what else would you expect?.
Glenn Baker said while listening to the live album,:
Sitting here listening to the album and grooving away royally. You can see why they blew audiences away. They were truly a "musical" band, in an era of bubblegum outfits. "
I am trying my best to make sure this is a very big hit, to thank Max and to finally pay him back for over 50 years of great times, a debt we will never really be able to pay in full.
The great things about forums like this, is you get to meet people you would otherwise never meet, and everyone has a story and contribution to make. Even though we are online and have never met face-to-face, I still consider it meeting.
Here is a remarkable fact about this project - I have never met anyone that I have been working with, and the only person I have spoken to about the project in the last 7 months is Glenn Baker! I spent a lot of my past in high tech projects that spanned the globe, so I just applied my knowledge of how to run a remote project and take advantage of everything the Internet had to offer, and that was it. The last time I spoke to Max, Bob or Dave face -to-face, was 43 years ago!
Regards and keep on rockin' as Max would say,
Thanks again Brian.
As a 'boomer' - I was born in 1949 - I was fortunate to live thrugh a period of astonishing musical developments in jazz and popular music. The 60s commenced with the likes of Elvis and Ricky Nelson yet finished up with Woodstock! What a contrast. As a kid I enjoyed snippets of jazz on TV shows like Peter Gunn and heard jazz pieces including 'The Girl From Ipanema' , Chris Barber's take on 'Petite Fleur' and Kenny Ball playing 'Midnight In Moscow', all on the radio! Like many teens in the 60s I grew to love Cream, Spencer Davis,The Pretty Things, John Mayall, Jimi Henrix,The Doors, Brian Auger & Trinity, Ray Charles, Geogie Fame,Paul Butterfield among others and blues greats like Robert Johnson. (During this period I was learning/playing drums, piano and flute. I had young friends who were also enthusiastic struggling musicians.) The 'big bang' for me though was hearing 'Kind Of Blue' in 1967. I was never the same after that. We had superb Aussie acts back then too including The Purple Hearts, Tully, Jeff St John, The Missing Links, Doug Parkinson and such. However, my favourite local outfit was Max Merritt & The Meteors. His band - for me at least - encapsulated all the sounds I'd been enjoying up until then and had the added bonus of two of the nation's greatest jazz musos on board in Stewie Speer and Bob Bertles.
I used to watch these guys in a state of rapture. Stewie made drumming look so relaxed and easy, but of course it isn't and never was. He grafted hard for decades to play the way he did. How I tried to emulate his style and sound - unsuccessfully.
Getting back to my first love, jazz, that too went through a period of breathtaking growth. From cool and hard-bop to 'Bitches Brew'. Incredidle. Yes Brian. We were blessed to be around some tremendous sounds in a truly golden era, although the politics of the time were as bad or even worse as they are now.
Naturally, I was an enthusiastic listener to jazz presenters including Arch McKirdy, Geoff Hiscock and Ralph Rickman.
Great talking with you.
I had not told Press Play Music in detail about the release, and I was looking for words to describe how fans feel about Max and The Meteors live in those days. I could only describe what multitudes of baby boomers say when you mention Max and The Meteors live performances in those days, it is simple, "I remember those, they were awesome."
Our publicity campaign is covering about 600 outlets including radio, news papers, magazines, blogs, street rags, TV stations and syndicators. The media blitz will happen when we do the digital release, then again when we do the CD release.
The newsworthiness of the release is two fold - not every day do 43 year old master tapes shows up for first release, and the fact that two teenage kids made the recording and it ends up as a release for one of Aus and NZ most famous bands!
The entire story about Been Away Too Long is on the "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Been Away Too Long page (EYEWTKABATL). http://www.lostraxx.com/styled-2/index.html
Thanks a million Brian.
I followed the links you provided. What can I say? brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. It's all there .... Bob's dangly flute complete with flutter tongueing and over-blowing, Stewie's Blakeyesque drum solo - he loved Art Blakey - and the time-stopping atmosphere. Big respect and gratitude. Chris.
Chris: You can hear Kush in full on www.lostraxx.com then click on the Been Away Too Long page, or enter http://kkush.viinyl.com into your browser, or type "Max Merritt Kush" into your browser search field. Feel free to pass these links around as much as you like.
Kush delivers all the magic you remember: awesome arrangement, great sax and flute work, 2 1/2 minute drum solo by Stewie (the only Stewie drum solo ever recorded!) and a crescendo for the last 3 to 4 minutes!
We just set up Aus and NZ distribution with Press Play Music, and you will be able to order it from any record store you desire, online or bricks & mortar, and even pre-order the CD as soon as the digital release takes place.
We are hoping to have a global digital release around Feb 1st, and CD global release Mid to late March.
This is a once in a lifetime even for most bands, let alone a beloved one like Max and The Meteors.
I appreciate your interest.
Hello Brian Lewis and thankyou for the info regarding the upcoming Max Merritt album.
I'll be purchasing it!
I'm particularly looking forward to hearing 'Kush'. I did hear the band playing it live once when l was a kid and was simply awe-struck at the time. As I recall, the magnificent Stewie Speer - one of my all-time favourite Australian drummers - was also featured playing a knockout drum solo on this piece and Bob Bertles doubled on flute.
Another thought. Aren't we fortunate to have a marvellous website like ABC Jazz to exchange news!
She's from Adelaide
I love this music!!
Don Burrows is definitely one of our greatest Jazz musicians ever. A great joy to hear him play.
What a great performance, as I suspected even better than when I caught the pair in Greenwich Village back in Oct.
I doubt there is anyone who does a better version of The Nearness Of You. I hope theres a recording coming out from one of these gigs.
Waiting for the festival to come.........
Thanks to ABC Jazz and the Sydney festival for the tickets to the Chatswood show last night.
It's the first live jazz I've seen in a while, and we both really enjoyed it. I love the rhythm section so I was unsure how the duo format would play out, but for the most part Meldau used the piano's broad range to cover the rhythmic and melodic elements. Redman's playing was brilliant. Both semed really in tune with their playing and with each other. Great venue too.
I recommend seeing them if you can.
This is exquisite, timeless, truly outstanding music - the sort one can never get enough of. Essential listening.
Great to know too that good ol' ABC Jazz is listened to in California.
Possibly my favourite modern drummer/percussionist. (I own several of his albums alongside those of Jackie Terrasson.)
I admire the way LP explores myriad musical influences and the meaningful manner in which he can employ the most simple percussion instrument with such beauty and impact. The driving, heavy sound he achieves on his pared down drumkit - snare, bass and ride cymbal only - is frankly astonishing. A fine recommendation.
Great video clips too! Thanks ABC Jazz.
Bob's Bertles fans may be interested to know that a brand new live album, Max Merritt and The Meteors "Been Away Too Long", recorded in 1969 and never released, will be released in about a month.
Bob plays on all tracks, but he solos on two - Kush (Track 4), a brilliant rendition, and The House Will Rock (Track 7).
If you want a full-length preview of every number on the album go to http://www.facebook.com/lostraxx and follow the links to the viinyl streams.
Brian Lewis, Producer
My name is David Phillips, I am a full time double bassist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and have recently collaborated with some of Adelaide's finest musicians to create an album of original contemporary jazz. The band is called Bottleneck and our debut album is called 'Diversions'. We are really proud of it and would like to send you a copy with the hope that you will like it and play it on your show. Could you please let me know who and where I should send a copy to.
My name is David Phillips, I am a full time double bassist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and have recently collaborated with some of Adelaide's finest musicians to create an album of original contemporary jazz. The band is called Bottleneck and our debut album is called 'Diversions'. We are really proud of it and would like to send you a copy with the hope that you will like it and play it on your show. Could you please let me know who and where I should send a copy to.
Beautiful! Now I want the album.
Working back way too late for any evening, let alone a Friday; this last set made the past hour a pleasure.
Listen to you all the time from Sunny San Diego California.
Fantastic. Heard this tune a few times on abcjazz - The album - Song and Dance seems to be unavailable now?
Nice. I actually thought I was listening to some 'new' piece by the Bill Evans Trio.
Just heard Duke's Place, with Louis! Very nice! I'm listening on my iBook in San Diego, California@ 12:19 a.m. Wed. I used to listen way back in the 60's when I lived in Perth to Jim McLeod's Jazztracks. He had a smooth almost silky style that worked!
An Aussie in California
Delighted to see the one and only beautiful Billie on 'the front page' again.
Sure there are almost countless female 'jazz singers' around today. They're musically slick, photogenic and subsequently highly marketable - particularly to part-time jazz listeners - yet the majority of them lack that elusive 'soul' so essential for true greatness. Billie's life was fraught with sadness, but its this factor that made the difference in her recordings. Billie lived through what she sang.
nice and great post,i like it very much.Thanks for sharing.
Best cover of Imagine ever done.....:)
It's about time !!!... to hear some of the great last Wang fest highlights. not enough of it so far!
as we head towards the 66th Aust Jazz Convention. time
All great artists
It is a Quintet.
Thank you for playing my music.
He was a drummer's drummer, but not because of the flash and technique. He attracted my attention because of the lack of it. The way he used space, the way he implied time, and his use of rubato in his solos, were things I hadn't heard before, at least not from a drummer. He had a style of his own, one of the truly great innovators. Sadly missed.
I saw these guys at a little bistro a while back and ever since then my ears perk up whenever I hear Jazz. They really put some wings to their music. I never really cared for Jazz up till then.
James Moody one of the really great tenor men and a pioneer of modern jazz. Why do we have to lose these great players?
The Hannah James Group will be playing at Bennett's Lane Melbourne on the 11th of December 2011. It would be lovely to see any melbonites there!!!
The CD of Andy's Coltrane tribute has now been released, you can find it at CDbaby.com and either download it, or buy an album. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/andysugggroup2
Gee, listening to this has been so enjoyable. These guys capably demonstate that playing jazz is indeed 'serious fun'.
Thankyou ABC Jazz.
beautiful lack of melisma makes this sound so pure and credible.............never heard of her!
Monk to me/according to me is the Jazz "Jesus" Please listen to Brilliant Corners. Underground, Straight, No Chaser , Criss Cross just to list a few, and let me know what you really think of his playing style. Nobody alive today plays like Monk...and Bud Powell ofcourse. Wish I had seen him live.
Heavenly music! I've purchased it, therefore I know it's good. Superb playing throughout from three local musicians of whom we can all be proud. Thankyou gentlemen.
Sad news. Paul's intimate, sensitive, thoughtful playing exemplified the 'less is more' approach to drummimg. Like many others no doubt, I've admired his work since first hearing him working with Bill Evans and continue to marvel at his more recent work alongside various ECM musicians.
Many younger drummers would do well to take note of four aspects of Paul's delightful work. First, he didn't use a huge kit surrounding himself with a barrage of - often useless - tom-toms and crash cymbals. Second, he never set out to impress others through employing a flashy, speedy technique. Third, he was a great 'listening' drummer whose playing enhanced and gently propelled that of the other musicians with whom he worked. Paul's number one concern was the music, not himself. Finally, his drums always sounded so superbly tuned. Love that crisp snare.
Thankyou so much PM for your contribution to music and for inspiring young drummers as I once was.
Thanks Gerry, a good listen, even though Ted was sounding croaky! And some great tracks chosen, of course.
Congratulations Tam! Looking forward to great things
Love this song, its perfect for where I find myself presently. Made me cry but thats ok. I may send it to him :)
Hi there. I've noticed that you guys from ABC Jazz recently have been playing some of the music from Jakob Bros 'Balladeering' (http://abcjazz.net.au/artist/jakob-bro)...
Thought I'd ask if ABC Television might be interested in showing the documentary film about the album (info attached below)? It's entitled 'Weightless' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1578845/). It's about film about musical creativeness and improvisation. It features Lee Konitz, Jakob Bro, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Ben Street, Joe Lovano, James Farber, Jørgen Leth among others.
Maybe you can forward this e-mail to the right person at ABC's documentary department? I hope you can help us out.
Best regards - Sune
Contact regarding distribution/sales: Andreas Koefoed (firstname.lastname@example.org), Producer, Koefoed Film (Denmark).
INFO ABOUT 'WEIGHTLESS':
Running Time: 50 min.
Format: DigiBeta, HDCAM, DVD
'Weightless' on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Weightless-A-Recording-Session-With-Jakob-...
Trailer on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfTMS7gd2z4
More about Jakob Bro: www.jakobbro.com
JazzTimes article about Jakob Bro: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26241-weightless-a-film-on-jakob-bro
Jørgen Leth about 'Weighless': http://jorgenleth.blogspot.com/2009/12/balladeering.html
"En vidunderlig film", Berlingske Tidende
"Et mesterværk om et mesterværk", Jazznyt
"En rolig, smuk udfoldet dokumentarfilm", Politiken
That has a great sound to it.
Thanks a lot for the share :) Loved it
Why is it mono on TV channel 201? What a waste of digital transmission.
I see there is a link above that help "Discover more about Brad Mehldau on ABC Jazz". How come there isn't one for Joshua Redman? Asking because I wanted to discover more about him on ABC Jazz. You know the one and only trusted Jazz channel in the whole of Australia. Please help!!!!!!!
Very Nice !
Paul Atherstone is a great composer
Thanks for recording and broadcasting this wonderful performance.
It was a true pleasure to attend the Piano duets: Alister Spence / Satoko Fujii
in June, it's wonderful to have a chance to listen to these magical moments again
Waiting for the festival. Hope to visit there :)
Just caught Josh and Brad Duo a few weeks ago in NYC , this is a must see for fans of either of them.The Sydney venues will probably be even better than the one I attended on 12th street at the New School.
I've been thrilled to see these two modern-day greats live with their own superb bands. Therefore, if their joint recording is anything to go by, their live performances should be breathtaking.
what a house band!
This is a really impressive album. The original compositions are superb but his rendition of Everlong blows my mind every time. Dave Grohl would be proud.
Always interesting to hear Mike's thought on jazz...........great work, Gerry.
Loved this joint. Initially thot it was Monk. Had to do a little bit of searches to comfirm was up! Much respect. Gonna get this joint thats what next.
Dear ABC Jazz and Gerry Koster
Want to let you know what a delightful and inspiring program you did on ABC Jazz with Mike Nock. That's the sort of stuff we should have on ABC Jazz regularly - selected music with interesting and informed discussion with people who are connected to the music with a variety of attitudes. - Good wishes - Henk van Leeuwen
Fabulous! This is deffo going to be a highlight
Bill here loved it but where can I purchase?
Spellbinding! This intriguing music has a slightly eastern feel - a wonderful characteristic - leaving yours truly at least keen to hear more. I've enjoyed the sound of the bass clarinet for some time since hearing the likes of Benny Maupin and Eric Dolphy working with it. Thankyou for this excerpt Jessica Nicholas and ABC Jazz.
Delighted to have JM back here. Only one disappointment - why isn't he including Melbourne in his itinerary?
So many of us here would be thrilled to see him live.
I'll be interested to hear this again ; as I recall, Aaron, Takashi & Nori did a great job of playing Sara's music with her & Andre.
I heard Sandy on a program on 14th Oct between 3pm & 4 pm & she played with other artists including a yukelle I enjoyed the tune & the mastery of the fusion How do I get the title of the song/CD for further listening
How could one pick a winner from this stellar line up ?Congratulations to each and every one of you!
Great sound, nice soul.
I was having dinner lsitening to abc jazz and on came this exquisite arr of Scarborough Fair, I said to my flat mate , that can only be one person and of course it was the great Joe Chindamo, who for a brief period was my teacher and is a great friend, still just as fresh and inspiring as always, thankyou Joe, you are unique ..
lots of luv mike
I'm with Roger D, great to have Dig Jazz on the 'trannie', much better than having to turn the 'tele' up loud when out in the garden.
Now let's hope the trial become permanent!
Gil from Evatt.
Great to hear from another jazz lover. Yes, that was quite a night; around forty years back yet the memories remain.
I'll never forget Miles entering from stage left looking cool, slim, mean, trumpet in hand and ready to fly.He never uttered a word all night. The music spoke for itself. The band ... oh heck I could talk about Miles all afternoon!
The Jazzbear wishes you happy listening always.
Thank you for digital radio in Canberra. Now I don't have to drag the tv down the backyard to listen to ABC Jazz. Again thank you.
Agree with you wholeheartedly MiamiLawyer. Miles is punching savagely on this, but the album would certainly lack a special feel without McLaughlin's stunning guitar work. Love Billy Cobham's pulsating beat too and oh those cymbals!
I bought my first 2nd hand car (complete with outdated tape deck) in 2004 and to this day the only tape that has never been removed, revamped or altered in any way is my copy of 'Somethin' Else' (with 'Stars Fell on Alabama' and 'Flamenco Sketches' to fill out the B-side). Probably the most listenable album of any genre or artist ever.
Simply beautiful - McLaughlin on guitar is amazing and Miles (of course) is untouchable.
Wow, finally ABC Jazz ! Love Tom Ferris and The Red Room. Heard him play at The Basement and loved it!
When Marc Johnson solos, he really 'says' something melodically - unlike so many other bassists who are merely content to display their technical skills. (How many of us have suffered through interminable bass solos!) The way he interacts and shifts with pianists and other soloists is astonishing. MJ is not just a player to trot out 4/4 beats in strict keeping with key/chord settings, but like other top line bassists - think Scott LaFaro, Ron Carter, Christian McBride - he constantly probes and propels the music. Adore his work with the incomparable Bill Evans.
This is one of the great albums....the music was so new & performances outstanding.....and the joy of hearing "Cannonball" when I was a young musician in the Sixties
Wasn't a big fan of his trumpet playing till I heard this track; lots of space, like the dwoit dwoit, this track just oozes personality
You deserve a standing ovation for broadcasting this soulful, ground-breaking album ABC Jazz.
I was fortunate to hear Miles playing wxcerpts from this live - many moons ago! - and I was simply awe-struck. The film about Jack would no doubt have made him feel proud.
(For what it's worth, this is marvellous music to have on the stereo too when exercising!)
MY utmost gratitude to all associated with ABC Jazz. Feeling down? Get aloft listening to this people. Trust the Jazzbear, it works.
Thoroughly agree with you Barry Thomas. Unfortunately however, I didn't get to hear this elegant album until 1968!
First heard 'somethin' else' around 1964. to this day one of my favorite albums along with Miles ' kind of blue'.
Thankyou Gerry - beautiful .. just beautiful.
I was feeling a little down, but since hearing this I've been aloft!
The GB gig at Bennetts Lane some years ago was one of the best I've seen there. His work with Miles was - to put it mildly - astonishing.
wow kristin's face at 3:55, she was really enjoying that altered line!
Ah yeah! Great sound & info. Thanks ABC Jazz & Jerry!
All the good things said about "Sketches Of Spain" are true!
I first got wind of it in 1967 or 1968 - not sure which - when former ABC jazz presenter, the wonderful Arch McKirdy, interviewed bluesman John Mayall. (I was crazy about Mayall back then and still admire him.) Arch asked JM what jazz he liked and he replied enthusiastically "I love the music of Gil Evans". Arch followed this up by playing "Saeta" and his young chap was besotted. I went out and purchased the album which I still have on vinyl.
You missed a great, great album, Modern Jazz Giants, also Prestige and 1956. Featured Thelonious Monk in place of Red Garland and added Julian Adderley. I played out my own disc decades ago.
That aside, my real concern is hearing this commemoration. I just got wise to your programs and fear I have missed the Trane.
JRL, Akron, Ohio, US
Very insightful. "Genius is all self" Thankyou for making this available.
ben waples better play his ass off for his brother james or christmas will be awkward!!
Loved hearing Miles talk this arvo. Thanks for playing.
Daniel in Darwin
Comments by onomibus seem like pretension personified. I do not even go near Wang at the time but refrain to criticise the people who do. So.... stay in your comfort zone and do not be disturbed by the unsatisfactory offerings. After all, there will be some "uneducated lot" amongst us who have to start somewhere. Wang can provide for those people who have not reached the elevated levels of sophistication and perception about what should be produced to "entertain" us culchered blokes and chickididees haha smell the roses the lotta ya!
Being a bit of a drummer in my younger days, I'm really looking forward to this.
Reckon I know what I'll be doing this Thursday at 2.00 pm!
"Tempus Fugit" indeed. I've just finished re-reading a faded, yellowing article from my scrapbook, which was published in the Sydney Morning Herald immediately following the great man's death. Though the years have swiftly passed, Miles' ground-breaking music sounds as vigorous and innovative as it always has. Thankyou so much ABC Jazz broadcasting all this astonishing music from Miles.
The Plugged Nickel material too, provides a wonderful album and is interesting in its own way as Miles was then going through a challenging period of transition.
Fantastic doco. Just happened to switch over to Dig Jazz on the set top box as I was going out. Hit record and listened to the whole show when i came home. I love you ABC. When are you going to put Radio National and Classic FM on the STB too?
Sorry to hear that! I had the pleasure of bringing Eddie to Wangaratta in '97. He was a real gentleman, and played beautifully, both with Mike Nock, and in a band with Jamie Oehlers, Mark Fitzgibbon & co.
Anon asked for feedback from those involved. I can assure him/her that the programming policy hasn't changed, although there has been a change of personnel on the board.
The policy is, as it always been, to present the best music we can (within the available budget, of course) ; to emphasise bands playing contemporary original music, while also including more mainstream/traditional bands ; to include several interesting international artists, and where possible to set up collaborations with Australian artists ; to feature working bands, but also set up some interesting 'one off' encounters ; to include some new names in the program, while featuring some of the established artists who we know can deliver, often in new contexts.
Anon's concern (I'm guessing) is the absence of 'big name' international acts like Lovano & Douglas from this year's program. Depending on our budget, their touring schedules, the co-operation of other promoters, we may well bring 'big names' out in future years. But I'm confident that all of the international acts coming out this year, whether big names or names deserving wider recognition, will have something special to offer. As will the Australian artists who comprise the majority of the program, and deservedly so.
I think Sandy is right on about the teenage years being crucial in the decision to go into music, or into one kind of music over another. There can be something genuinely frightening about improvising when you have been trained in the conventional reading-from-scores kind of way, always striving to play the notes on the page. Like trapeze-obatics without a safety net. The teenage years are fraught with all sorts of anxiety-causing questions and experiences, so why on earth would you want to intentionally expose yourself to potential failure, embarrassment, humiliation, social ostracism....? Easier to stick with the notes on the page....
Despite this, in the jazz area at the Con in Brisbane where I lecture, we have had young women graduate on every instrument in the last 10 years, although there is still nothing like a gender balance in the program. But I think the fact that women have a good experience at the Con and are accepted as equals, invited to do projects and gigs and so on, encourages others to have a go. The days of "I won't hire a chick" seem to be long gone in Australia, thank goodness! - so young women can look forward to having positive professional and creative experiences once they're out there on the scene.
Others may disagree, but to me, this album contains Miles' paramount version of "My Funny Valentine" - a version that is heartbreakingly tender - peerless. Thus, for this alone, do I earnestly appeal to all lovers of Miles' music to tune in to this broadcast. Thankyou ABC Jazz.
This astounding album has provided a musical 'Road to Damascus' for a number of us. Hearing 'All Blues ' as a teenager simply took my breath away. No words could ever describe the powerful impressions this music generates.
Heard a track off the album on the way to work, suddenly a cold dreary morning found life and warmth. thank you, James Morrison, James Muler and Phil Stack, you made a difference.
This lady is brilliant! She has wisely absorbed so much from the phenomenal Gil Evans and now she is progressing down her own road establishing her unique identity. Adore 'Evanesence'.
Nin Simone admirers who enjoy her version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You", might also love another version of this track by The Alan Price Set, which was released in 1967. The Gothic organ sounds on this are spine-chilling. Well worth a listen.
Wow! I'd heard of Scott but just realised what an enormous talent he had. Bill's not bad either:)
I went to the album launch at 505, it was a great night and attended by many musos. He is a very talented musician and I hope this cd does well.
Three superlative musicians working, creating and playing both intuitively as well as tastefully together, makes this an essential listening experience for committed jazz lovers. Okay, so there isn't a drummer. Yet, be fooled not people, this outfit has rhythmic drive aplently in the manner that Oscar Peterson's early trio did, but with stylings of its own. Thankyou Mal Stanley for replaying some of this marvellous music on Jazztrack too.
A truly phenomenal, expressive artist. To me, Nina's hauntingly, wistful incomparable rendition of "Wild Is The Wind", is heartbreakingly tender. How I'd love to be capable of conveying my emotions so meaningfully to somebody I dearly love, in this compelling manner.
my all time favorite Jazz pianist . Thank you for this feast.!
BRAVO...BRAVO.. BRAVO..thank God for ABC Jazz....this has been one of the most informative and enjoyable HOUR I have have experienced in quite some time. Bill Evans would only open up to someone that he respected, IE: Marion McPartland. I have been a Bill Evans addict since I first heard his early recordings some 50 yrs ago. What a joy to hear them play together and discussing their interpretations of each song / composition.The last piece "I Love You" knocked me out as it is one of my favourite compositions. Being an older,semi-retired musician ....you made my day !!
Got to hand it to you ABC Jazz.You consistently provide the best of the past with the best of the latest.This sounds like another fascinating musical excursion from multi-faceted and ever-creative Uri Caine. From what I've heard so far, this is definitely a 'must have' album. Don't believe me?
Well, go to Uri's official website and have a listen to 'Crossbow' to whet your appetite.
Not only pianists, but also drummers will enjoy this. (Love Ben Perowsky's crackling snare and crisp cymbal sounds.)
Warm greetings once again ABC Jazz and Charlie Watts admirers.
Love those Youtube clips, but may I passionately recommend the third one listed 'Charlie Watts If It Ain't Got That Swing' - marvellous indeed. In addition to "Watts At Scott's", may I further suggest listening to his corker of an album "From One Charlie ...".
Can't wait to hear this again. Hearty thanks to you ABC Jazz - you've done it again.
Marion asks Bill a number of questions many of us would have asked him if we'd had the opportunity.
Like many former piano students, I simply worship Bill's playing. (I own more than twenty of his CDs, plus cassettes and even a little vinyl.) My first piano teacher, the delightful and I might add patient! - Neil Butterworth - put me on to Bill as a seventeen-year-old kid in the 60s and I remain ever grateful. Thanks again Neil and ABC Jazz.
Don't miss this people!
Fully agree with you Edith Ferns!
A soulful character and my favourite rock drummer. Yes, I'm well aware there are and have been more technically accomplished rock drummers - Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Viv Prince, Aynsley Dunbar, Kenny Jones and such - yet Charlie's solid backbeat combined with no-nonsense fills sits just nicely to my ears. Love his cymbal sounds too, especially that crash!
"Watts At Scotts" is a fine 2 CD jazz set by any standards and is recommended listening from the Jazzbear.
My favourite jazz cd of all time - esp "My Man's Gone Now"
I JUST heard Rajaton - quietly, please please PLEASE can I get a link to that song? I've tried on itunes and google and I can't find it anywhere, I'm desperate to hear it again! thank you so much
fabulous - perfect start to the day!
Happy to know that Lee is on his way to playing again.No doubt the greatest alto player of all time, and we all love him and his music.I had the privilege of being with him in his home in NYC,to say he is a wonderful human being would be an understatement,just listen to of any his music from the last 6 decades and you will understand.
All The Best & Warmest Regards!!!!
Love You Lee!!!!!
Agree with your comments.
I'm a jazz fanatic - and I mean fanatic! (I probably drive the ABC presenters and others mad with my e'mails) - who lives in Melbourne and I love to attend several concerts at the MIJF annually. It's a fabulous festival and I'm sure you'd enjoy much of the music too. Hope you can get down some time Hugh.
Your observations regarding Wangaratta are correct. One of the other benefits of the Wang festival is that it introduces many people to jazz who might not otherwise hear much about it. There is something for everyone at Wang including various genres of jazz along with blues. As usual this year, there are some superb international performers joining the locals. The likes of Peter Apfelbaum, Walter Lampe, Josh Roseman and Barre Phillips should provide some fascinating sounds. I haven't heard any music by Fabian Almazan as yet so I'll keep my ears open accordingly.
Furthermore, the annual contests for various instruments provide an excellent springboard for emerging talent.
We all have a right to different opinions - jazz is a highly democratic art form as I've stated previously - but the Wangaratta festival remains an excellent inclusion in Australia's music scene.
Once again, well done to the organisers.
Gee that's a tough call Mr Anonymous. There's lots of wonderful talent in that program, including people from overseas. One of the things about Wang that I like is the way it brings performers from Melbourne and Sydney (and Brisbane!) together and you see different combinations that you don't normally see - and Aussies returning from overseas. I assume you can't see all of them "every other weekend". I saw Bucket Rider one year and was completely shaken (in a good way). It was a highlight to see The Cat Empire before I'd even heard of them and they went on to become big international stars. I was recommending them to all my friends (and even giving them my CDs which I had to rebuy). Seeing The Necks in the Cathedral there was almost like a spiritual experience, and I wont' be forgetting it soon (including the reaction of some punters who were having trouble 'getting it'). The Blues festival and the 'old-time' venues can become your whole festival if you wanted. I was completely knocked out when I saw Mia Dyson there. The main street festival in Wang is also an experience different from what you can experience in a major city festival - especially all the local foods and wines. I'm sure the Melbourne festival is fantastic (I really want to get there for it one year) but I also think Wang is wonderful and I would like to encourage people to go and relax into the experience. And I'm from Sydney, and have nothing to do with the jazz scene apart from being a punter and a try-hard amateur... (BTW, I think you meant Adam Simmons - as much as i would love to see Mark Simmonds play again).
Seen him and his bands live countless times and have never been disappointed, always a great show.
This album ia just as good.
An excellant line up? I'm sorry but Wang has fallen well behind the MIJF in terms of lineup and is in danger of no longer being considered Australia's premier jazz festival. I know that the Australian performers are all great but honestly I can see Mike Nock or Mark Simmonds every other weekend. The big overseas artists such as Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano were always important in the fabric of the festival. With the switch in management to a Wangaratta centric one it appears the festival will be changing into a more regional one? I'm not sure but would be interested to hear from those involved.
Congratulations to all involved - yet another excellent line up.
We're having a great time here at The Street with audiences delighting in the myriad of pleasures experienced and the foyer, venues and workshops positively buzzing. Its magic.
A truly wonderful singer we hear too little about. Seeing her live in front of the Daly-Wilson Big Band many decades ago at St Kilda's Palais Theatre was quite an experience - especially considering she was on the same bill as Dudley Moore!
Kerrie's impassioned version of "When The Sun Comees Out', is to me the best. Great recommendation.
Oops! I made an error in my previous comment re the incomparable Elvin Jones. I should have referred to Bach's Cello Suites BWV 1007 - 1012 not his ' solo cello concertos' .
Elvin's powerful, polyrhythmic feel virtually created a new epoch in drumming. His metrical sub-divisions at times made many of us wonder if his drumming was over-dubbed! (The same feel one has when enjoying some of Bach's solo cello concertos.) I still remain awestruck when hearing Elvin's dialogues with John Coltrane and with Sonny Rollins on the Village Vanguard live sessions.
Elvin Jones certainly brought drumming to the front of the stage with such force and - for much of his life - on a small kit. Phenomenal. All three Jones brothers were commanding, compelling figures in jazz. They must have brightened up their neighbourhood as kids!
Hello Alan Galvin,
Yes, it isn't always easy to get hold of some of the new jazz constantly being released - I too have a battle at times.
I don't know where you live Alan, but in Melbourne I'm often quite lucky when shopping at 'Readings' in Lygon Street Carlton - my favourite store in Melbourne! - or at 'Basement Discs' in Block Arcade in the city. Basement Discs will soon be going online I was told last week. The staff there are serious about their music, are helpful and have kindly ordered in discs for me in the past.
Good luck & cheers,
I hear alot of new music on jazztrack program and just wondering where i can go to buy some of the great new music.Is there a music shop that can go to to found record you play.
Having listeed to Billie for some sixty years, I feel she is still th mark for other singers to aim at; not to just imitate her but to understand how she approached and handled a song. We love you Lady @ we still miss you,
thank God you were recorded.
Nice to see 'Little Jazz' in these pages.Oh to have been hanging around at Minton's all those years ago when Roy, Diz and all that gang were establishing the 'new music'.
Excellent news both for Canberra and for jazz. A decent jazz festival is essential - not optional - in any truly civilised city; well done Canberra.
Yet another sad loss in jazz. Thankyou Frank Foster for your wonderful contributions over so many years.
Will think of you whenever hearing "Shiny Stockings".
Hope ABC Jazz pays a musical tribute soon.
The WONDER full Serge Chaloff..."A handful of Stars"..so good to hear that great baritone sound, Serge was one of the players that I listen in my youth.....a gifted talent, thanks ABC Jazz !!
Great comments from both Sandy and Alex. Jazz music can only benefit from having the contribution that women musicians can bring: it's a subtle thing but I think we're talking about potentially different aesthetics, energies and life outlooks. Gender equality has delivered nothing but benefit elsewhere in the music industry.
The late Jann Rutherford was a person who unassumingly thrust herself into the jazz scene and shone.
Originally from New Zealand and blind virtually from birth, her passion and love of the music gave Jann a courage which isn't self conscious. She had a great time playing superb jazz piano and mixing with the cream of Sydney's jazz talent. She also was very generous in sharing her talents and knowledge helping others starting out in jazz.
The Jann Rutherford Memorial Award is a fitting tribute to her spirit, and has always gone to worthy, talented musicians who go on to achieve much.
Since my earlier comment, I've purchased this album and I adore it; there isn't a dud track on it.
Whether you're a vibes player, guitarist, bassist, drummer or purely a Burton fan - there are elements in blissful album to be savoured. Ideal sounds for the Spring season just around the corner! The Jazzbear strongly suggests that jazz lovers at least listen to it.
"Bewitching", is how I'd describe some of the delightful segments I've heard from "Common Ground" via Gary's official website.The overall sound is similar to that of another old favourite Gary Burton album,"Country Roads and Other Places," which sadly doesn't appear to have ever been issued on CD.
Anyway, think I might end up adding this to the collection. Yes, more expense, yet a life without pleasure is a life half lived!
One of the most distinctive voices in jazz, Art's cool almost elegant playing contrasted dramatically with his controversial life - it was anything but a "Straight Life" - yet how fortunate we have been to have had him with us.
Love his album "Straight Life" - particularly the tracks "Surf Ride", "Nature Boy" and "September Song". (His autobiography "Straight Life" is worth reading as it provides some chilling insights into his frequently grim life.)
Dave Brubeck's impact on jazz as a quirky yet sublime composer as well as a unique instrumentalist and band leader, remains undeniable and indelible. The cooler sound which he helped pioneer has had its detractors at times. However that same sound frequently brought new, younger listeners to jazz. And what about those time signatures people! (Paul Desmond's "Take Five" was possibly the first jazz tune I began hummimg as kid in short school trousers. Joe Morello's drumming is still influential and legendary.) Even some classical music lovers I know dig Brubeck. (Their ears always prick up when you remind them he studied with Darius Milhaud and was interested in the work of Arnold Schoenberg among other classical composers. Classical people are strange in some ways!)
Play on Dave.
Bill Frisell is an extraordinarily multi-faceted guitarist. His musical horizons and influences are astoundingly broad.
Adore his work particularly with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano on "Time and Time Again." (ECM 1992)
this rendition of In a Mellow Tone is possibly the BEST EVER
It is sad that such thinking persists - it does not reflect real life. There is a great deal of undiscovered - and no doubt great talent out there - *ahem* over 28 years of age. My feeling is that age cut offs like this is actaullly discriminatory. Have an Open category as well! Who knows what great talent may be found and nurtured!
I caught Jason Moran and Bandwagon at the Basement. Stunning. Here's my report and a few pics for anyone interested. http://canberrajazz.blogspot.com/search/label/Jason%20Moran Eric
Containing swinging sounds to warm the bleakest heart,"Concert By The Sea" continues to remain one of my favourite live music recordings - adore "I'll Remember April" in particular.
My first piano teacher - the wonderful Neil Butterworth in Geelong - put me on to Erroll by lending me a 10" album as I recall, in 1967. The late Dudley Moore was also one of Erroll's many admirers. (Dudley's trio was sensational live too.)
What a delightful recommendation on this almost Spring morn! Thankyou and bless you ABC Jazz.
Thankyou Neil Butterworth for your valuable lessons and patience! If you're still around I'd be absolutely thrilled to hear from you via these pages.
Note: If any other readers have news about Neil Butterworth or Geelong jazz clarinetist, Verne Doleghuy, I'd love to hear from you too please. I'm feeling sentimental!
Thankyou ABC Jazz - I'm looking forward to hearing this.
No doubt the music played will be as warm, friendle and engaging as the smiles on the faces of these likeable chaps!
Who's Mark Isaacs?!? Why didn't they call ME to be on the panel!!!!
An amazing performance. Is it possible to listen to this song online somewhere?
What a fabulous night of jazz we were treated to at the Sydney Opera House Studio. Matt Keegan's composition and performance were extraordinary - so deserving of the Freedman Fellowship.
What a lovely lady. So down to earth and honest.
The superb Hank Jones is "A Man For All Seasons", where jazz piano is concerned.
"The Oracle", remains the Jazzbear's favourite HJ album. Play it and give your ears the treat they deserve people.
great music; they actually have a tempo and melody line- good to hear some of the standards.
Hearing these recordings again, I remain astonished at the speed at which jazz developed. I tend to compare it to the development of flight, one of my other interests.
Consider the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens - fixed pitch prop driven biplanes. Then Coleman, Coltrane, Miles' 'Bitches Brew' - 1960s space travel - and you've got a great comparison.
Creativity makes life thrilling - not conformity!
I was fortunate enough to catch the PS Quartet at the Wodonga Jazz Basement a last month. As good as they are to listen to on CD, they are absolutely mesmorising to watch live. Pascal is amazing on the vibraphone, the base and piano player are also excellent, however, the magic on the night was with Jenz, the drummer. His ability to use every surface of his drum kit, plus other bits and pieces, was inspiring to say the least. My wife and I ended up buying both the CDs they had for sale and were lucky enough to get them both autographed by the entire quartet. If you ever get the opportunity go and see them live. These guys are a must see.
One other point relevant to this issue, Warne Marsh apparently was born on the West Coast, but as I understand it, only spent a very limited time there.
Hello K.C.Marsh and thankyou for your interesting insights regarding Warne Marsh.
I agree with many of your comments including the fact that he certainly did have a passion to be a great improvisor, which he certainly was whilst employing a heavenly sound. Yes, he could swing too, but to me and a few others with whom I've discussed this issue, he was frequently pretty cerebral as were his esteemed cohorts including Lennie Tristano. Their sound itself was 'cool' too in comparison to other greats of that day including Coltrane and Rollins - whether Tristano and co were influenced by 'cool' as such remains open to question as like all top musicians, their ears would have been wide open to anything.
I agree Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh weren't from the West Coast, nor did I say so in my comment.
You may be interested in checking out what Richard Cook says about Warne Marsh in his Jazz Encyclopedia.(Penguin Books; 2005.)
"He played long, intensely relaxed lines in a buffed grey tenor tone which deliberately eschewed any kind of extravagance of timbre or rhythmical idiosyncrasy : it was a paradigm of 'linear' improvisation, nothing on show for its own sake and every potential emotional outburst suppressed in favour of a coolly effective whole."
I welcome and respect your opinions K.C. - jazz is a highly democratic art form - but my views are more akin to those of Richard Cook. Best wishes re your documentary work - hope to see it upon completion.
Ironically, only last night I was enjoying his marvellous album, "The Spoiler" - great Monday night listening after a stressful day. This splendid album finds him in the company of greats including Blue Mitchell, Pepper Adams, McCoy Tyner and James Spaulding among others. The material covered is equally outstanding with items like "Sunny", and "When The Sun Comes Out" featured.
S.T. certainly had the knack of surrounding himself with equally superb musicians as well as the skill to select and compose outstanding tunes for his albums.
I love the comments but have to make one annotation: Warne Marsh had nothing to do with the Cool School other than he lived on the West coast for a time and may have, from time to time, played with someone who was associated with that. Lennie Tristano was not from the West Coast and not influenced by "Cool" at all.
I'm currently working on a documentary about Warne and this is one of the biggest misconceptions. Warne was one of the most dedicated and talented improvisers on the Tenor saxophone ever. Most who are intimately familiar with his music over the years put him up there with Lester, Coltrane and Parker. He was never cerebral and always swung. His tone was unique and I theorize, because it was not a copy of any of the other greats on tenor, people looked at his pedigree and said, "that must be the Cool sound". For the most part Warne was not concerned about tone and especially like sounding like anyone. His deepest passion was to be a truly great improviser. To that end the instrument was merely the tool he used. If you're looking to associate him with anyone it should be Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Not because he sounds like them, but because it was their musical legacy and the incredible teachings of Lennie Tristano that formed him into the musician he was.
Certainly if you listen to all of his recordings what you'd come away with was an often incredibly sensual, beautiful, swinging sound with the occasional and momentary moments of dissonance that come from an improviser who's improvisational vocabulary was far and beyond what most musicians were capable of, musically and rhythmically.
Shannon, lovin' the sounds..! I just wanted to say, you know when Dennis Chambers talks about playing with Scofield and he remarks that he's not sure who is playing drums, himself or Sco, well that's how I feel when I'm playing with you. Just mighty! See you soon. Jazzrad
The problem is meltrumpet that there is a general expectation to get one's career going by a particular age otherwise the boat has been missed...so to speak..and this is especially true of careers in music...
It is unfortunate that such limited thinking is still out there.. but that is the way it is...
Love the sultry smooth voice of Norah and the very easy-to-listen to Quartet.
It isn't easy to have one's 'own sound' on any instrument today - let alone vibes - yet this man is the most innovative vibes player I've heard since the superb Bobby Hutcherson. (Love Gary Burton too.) The Jazzbear advises you to claw through this and enjoy!
I wonder why there is an age cut off, what about people over 28 who are interested in a professional career in jazz?
Beautiful. More Jamie Oehlers please.
Survivor of the big three - Bird, Lee and Paul - no other altoists get near them.
I own it; I play it: I love it! So will you people. Don't miss this broadcast.
Oh, to have been there when these four top-notch musos were together!
I'm a huge fan of all four of them - I trust the great Paul Motian will be bringing a band here before too long.
I was very sad too, to be unable to see/hear Lee Konitz live again.
I've only heard a track or two from this album, but what I've heard is fab! Mark is a superb musician - as my former piano teacher stated,"He's got chops". Furthermore, David Rex has his own distinctive alto sound.
I reckon I'll be purchasing this.
one of the highlights of the festival for mine, congrats to sophie and all those involved for putting on inventive and exciting programming such as this!
Thrilled to hear this sweet news. Play on beautiful soul! Sorry I couldn't hear and see you again live Lee, yet pray that will alter very soon. Please let me know dear ABC Jazz if this wonderful jazz legend performs in Melbourne again.
Scare Quotes is another outstanding album from Tim Stevens and his trio. The band has consolidated its sound and further developed the sensitive interplay between its members. Tim is such a lyrical player and composer with an instantly recognisable musical signature. This new album confirms that he is one of the very best jazz pianists working in Austraila today.
Love Mose - the personification of 'white cool' - a unique stylist and composer. Hint: Would be delighted to hear/see him live at the next Melbourne jazz festival. If you enjoy Mose people, try Georgie Fame too!
Anybody possessing the unorthodoxy to release an album titled "Space Is The Place" - adore that alliteration - will be assured of garnering my attention. Even a pharoah would have blanched at that album's cover art!
Viva originality. May his 'Ka' skydrift daily.
Help ABC Jazz or other readers please!
Is the Red Onions album "Big Band Memories", available on CD?
Dying to get hold of it - heard it on vinyl decades ago.
A memorable concert on Saturday. The atmosphere which they managed to create with each piece was amazing. Great interplay between sax/bass clarinet and voice, and then sax and piano and vocals. The rhythmic patterns were extraordinary (you really did not feel the absence of a traditional rhythm section), mixed with great harmonies. I loved the use of the bass clarinet. And you cold see the three had a great time playing.
Finally I appreciated the human aspect, besides the artistic one, when presenting the compositions. It really brought it to life.
Sincere thanks and congratulations to all involved in performing in or promoting this world class festival.
This is the type of event which will promote Melbourne culturally to the wider world - not merely another boring, outrageously expensive, boozy sporting activity like the money-losing Grand Prix!
So much superb music was heard it's hard to know where to begin, but to me one of the numerous highlights - apart from the likes of Sonny Rollins naturally - was the inclusion of some Korean Pansori in a cross-cultural setting. Hopefully, more of this type of experimentalism will be forthcoming in future festivals.
In summary, this was a festival that made Melbourne a delightful place in which to live over the past week or so - and that's a compliment coming from somebody who has travelled to over twenty countries and lived overseas!
My favourite local pianist.Power to you Joe.
How blessed we are to have a delightful jazz soul like the legendary Alan Browne in our midst.
I remember as a spotty-faced kid, my delight when seeing and hearing the fabulous "Red Onions" live with Gerry Humphries, after sneaking out from home - after bedtime - wearing my duffle coat via a back window!
A wonderful drummer is Alan with a quirky philosophy on life. I always delight in the way he makes a small kit sound so grand. Memo young drummers - you don't need a big kit or the world's flashest technique to make your presence felt. (I call Alan's kit a "New York Racing Kit", as it just contains the serious, gutsy essentials - no baubles, bangles and beads so to speak. Oh yes, another astonishing local drummer - originally from New York - is the breathtaking Edward York, who uses a similar kit. His singing cymbals are extraordinary people. Hear him if you can.)
Swing on A.B. and thankyou.
Hello Mel Stanley,
Last night, thanks to winning two tickets in your recent competition, a friend and I enjoyed the most wonderful evening listening to Norma Winstone and her two fantastic musicians.The three of them seemed so very in tune with one another and seemed to be getting as much pleasure from playing together as we did listening to them. It was a truly wonderful evening and we both thoroughly enjoyed the music and the venue.
That song "I stole the Blues" is truly awful. Weak voice, awkward phrasing and melody, average musicianship - I think the blues is is no danger of being stolen in that song..
How fortunate we are here to have such interesting guests in this country. Thankyou to all involved in bringing these fascinating musicians over to inspire us. Furthermore, through doing this, Australia is signalling to the wider world that there are many educated, cultured people here with minds on far more admirable pursuits than pop 'music', reality TV, beer, 'barbies' and 'footy'!
Thankyou Jason Moran for this thoughtful gesture concerning the wonderful Lee Konitz, for whom I've held tremendous admiration for many years.
I was one of those folk who sadly couldn't see and hear him live last night. To say the least, I was looking forward to it.
I earnestly pray Mr Konitz recovers speedily and that we might enjoy his live presence again before too long.
By the way, I've had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Jason Moran live too, therefore trust me when I state this man is brilliant!
Is it possible to get a recording of Sugg's rendition of Peace on Earth?
I have just had the misfortune of hearing what, without a doubt, would have to be the worst piece of music that is played on this wonderful station. The sooner it breaks and has to be thrown out, the better! I believe the "artist" was Abdullah Ibrahim, and the track to be Bayi Lam. I have never found or heard a piece of "music" to be so irritating.
Apart form this one dreadful piece, the music that is played on ABC Jazz is wonderful and I enjoy it very much.
Keep up the good work!
Your biggest fan, Gordon.
This is a delightful recommendation - I have one of her albums in my collection, but haven't played it in a while. I will now after hearing this. Female jazz singers today are in in danger of being in over-supply. Yes, they're musically savvy, young, slick, photogenic and consequently highly marketable. However, so many lack the soulfulness of the likes of Peggy Lee, Julie London, "Sassy Sarah", "Lady Day", Patricia Barber, Norma Winstone, Cassandra Wilson and Astrud Gilberto as examples.
This lady has something a little different to offer and I'll listen to her more.
Thankyou and bless you ABC for your decades of support to jazz and for organising this interview.
I understand Sonny Rollins is going to be interviewed again today at 4.00 p.m. in Melbourne.
Will ABC Jazz be recording this?
I would love to attend in person, but duty calls as I have to work!
(I'm still reeling with excitement as a consequence of attending his inspiring concert last night.)
where's the trumpet?!?
don't give up your day job
What tha? this has got to be the biggest load of crap.....no words...no story...going noplace .....come on Doug lift your game or give up....pasto
Prophet-like Charles Lloyd remains a beacon of musical and genteel spirituality in today's tasteless, commercialised, conformist world. How priviledged many of us were to experience his sage-like presence live during 2010.
I've been a Lloyd devotee ever since swooning to his album "Charles Lloyd Live In Europe", featuring - wait for it dear reader! - then youngsters Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and Cecil McBee. Needless to say, I just about wore out that vinyl in the same way I did "Kind Of Blue." If you only listen to one Lloyd track this week people, emerse yourself in "Tagore", from this eclectic album. Lloyd's exquisite flute playing here is quite eastern, remainding me of the Korean Taegum. (Note - there is still debate about the Romanised spelling used here.) Because of this playing and that of the astonishing Jeremy Steig, I studied flute for a few years. Oh yes, I adore Herbie Mann too!
A sensational recommendation to complete another wonderful week on the one and only ABC Jazz website. Thankyou.
I am currently listening to ABC Dig Jazz, the best discussion and interview on Jazz music in Melbourne I have heard for many a day, thanks to Charles Lloyd, Paul Grabowsky and guests. We old Jazz lovers have enjoyed many great Festivals in and around Melbourne for the last 50 years. I just hope the youth of today takes their IPods out of the ear plugs and gets to experience GOOD LIVE music and learns to appreciate what special artists we have in our great city. Thank you for the programs on ABC Jazz. :Lynne
The sad passing of Gil Scott Heron reminded me of Ron Carter's wonder bass playing on " Piece of a Man". Gil had only Ron and Brian Jackson on piano for backing. Carter at his brilliant best and still awesome 40 years later.
A brilliant idea Tim! Wishing you every success in your valuable endeavour.
There's only one thing I can say ... I've already got my tickets to see and hear "The Emperor". For me, there is only one place to be next Monday evening - his concert! Bring it on. This is going to be one of my life's musical highs, up with seeing and hearing Duke Ellington And Miles Davis in person.
Be there people.
I hope ABC Jazz will be recording this as no doubt some fascinating music will emerge during this concert.
There is some superb jazz being produced in Asia these days from people like Junko Onishi, Junko Kishino and Hiromi - Japan, along with the likes of Youn Sun Nah - Korea, and that's only the proverbial 'tip of the iceberg'.
East Asia is rapidly becoming the next Scandinavia in terms of innovative music. (Okay, I'm a little biased as I have great relations and friends there after making countless trips!) India of course has been an influence since the 1960s through the likes of Don Ellis and recordings including "Indo-Jazz Fusions."
Well done Tim, more power to you. Johnno
Just going over some concerts I've been to this year and saw the above reviews. I went to the Brisbane show and was very disappointed in the sound - it started out terrible as though no sound check had been done at all - my head was swimming and confused in the levels bouncing around the room. It did improve after the first 30 seconds but still wasn't great. The second set was a fair bit better but I can't help but feel this was mostly due to the songs chosen being more minimalistic than anything the engineer did.
I spoke to some friends who were sitting up front and said the sound was fine but up at the back was a different story. Maybe they were getting a lot of stage spill and sitting behind/under FOH... guess it's worth paying the extra $ to avoid the risk of disappointment. I thought my $99 would've covered a decent mix.
I still enjoyed the night but it took concentration to just hear the music instead of thinking about what the heck is going on with the sound!? Not what I've come to expect from QPAC and especially engineers mixing for internationally touring artists.
What can be said about "The Man", that hasn't already been said! Hearing "Kind Of Blue", as an impressionable seventeen-year-old in 1967 - ironically the day Trane passed away if my memory is correct - irrevocably turned my head around musically.
The Beatles? I couldn't have cared less. I'd moved on to higher ground, crossed the proverbial Rubicon and like so many others, would never look back. Thankyou Miles and for the sweet lady who lent that album in blue vinyl!
I appreciate the musicality, and the personality or humanness that comes through in Lee's recordings. I love the alto sax, and consider it to be the soul of many jazz compositions. Lee breathes his soul into the music.
No more cultural cringe!
I just heard this on ABC Jazz, fantastic music. This woman's australian? Well there goes the cultural cringe out the window!
For those younger jazz lovers wanting to learn more about the "The Emperor", there is no better place to start than this marvellous album. Highly recommended and a collection necessity.
Gratitude to you in abundance ABC Jazz. Obligatory listening as this is an essential album in any worthwhile jazz collection. If in doubt, listen to this programme and you'll be sure to agree with the Jazzbear! I'll be sitting back with a heart-warming glass of red so why not join me? You'll be hearing one of the world's pre-eminent musicians at the top of his game with incomparable backing from Wilbur Ware, along with astonishing support on the traps from Elvin Jones. Unmissable folks.
The first perfection based classical take on a classically gestated yet rythmnically 'Jazzical' number i've heard for a long time. First up in Bill Charlap's radio entry to my sound-life; sweet yet parriodically jazz like, the author -i think- knows the same love i do for double irony. Back in the classical lap after a strolling around the dynamics of jazz, never letting up, concluding in a fritzly jazz-jerked wind-down that resounds of his classical understanding. All i had time to hear was ABC Jazz's 12:20 broadcast of (what i believe to be*) the first song played on *Live At The Village Vanguard. Must get that record and check it out. Even if it is said to have come from the money capitol - new york new york.
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Thanks ABC; as a big konitz fan, I'll be listening for sure. Tell me one thing please - is this album available on CD? I want to add it to my collection. Cheers. Chris.
So much has been said and so much awaits to be said about masterly Ron Carter. His playing on "Miles Smiles" and "Miles In The Sky" - love those electric elements Mr Carter! - says more than I can about this innovative bassist.
Why would I like to see James Morrison perform at the festival? The question is why not?? He is without a doubt one of our nation's best multi-instrumentalists. Ever. Not just in the current era. His trumpet work is outstanding, but add to that his skills on the keyboard,or the tuba, or the euphonium, or the trombone, add in the picolo trumpet... the list goes on. Phenomenal! Possibly this freakish ability gets overlooked by some; not by all.
And there is the fact that he just a genuinely nice bloke, who thinks about other people, who brings his friends into the picture when performing, and who has a great sense of humour. Not perfect, no-one is, but as a muso and performer, right up there.
Thanks for the chance to join the choir singing his praises!
I 100% support this excellent recommendation. Having heard Bernie live countless times and having the pleasure of owning a few of his excellent CDs - including performances with Ten Part Invention - I believe he's one of our living musical treasures and if I might be so bold to day so, one of the world's finest exponents on alto-sax.
Great cover I loved it.
I enjoyed a performance from Lee Konitz in Brisbane in the 90s in South Brisbane at the Melbourne Hotel. His accompanying pianist was Clive Moorehead from Brisbane and also Mike Nock. So he will not be making his Australian debut in June. Nevertheless I will still be travelling to Melbourne to catch his performance as he is a legendary performer and instantly recognisable from his tone and style of playing.
Correction this is not Lee's Australian debut, I recall him playing the Kiama Jazz festival around mid to late 90's
A truly magnificent singer - a lady who can still show many trendy younger singers 'how it's done'. Superb voice, nice range and control,lovely intonation, soulful and capable of crossing genres comfortably.
One of the heavenliest joys of being a jazz father was taking my son along to see JR perform live, at the now sadly defunct, Continental Cafe in Prahran, Melbourne, some years ago. What a crackerjack saxman! My son and I also enjoyed seeing his fabulous father Dewey, live at an earlier point in time. Well, that night Joshua played superbly - picking up the alto too! - and graciously signed his "Beyond", CD for us. We mentioned to him the importance of parent to child relationships in music - we remain amateur musos - and he was delighted to know we had seen his beloved dad together. In summary, as parents and older jazz lovers, we all have a duty to pass on the flame to younger listeners as well as to inspire and educate them about this paramount art form.
That wonderful night he wrote, "Peace, Love, Gratitude", on our CD. Well Joshua, that's what I'm now saying to you and to the wondeful team at ABC Jazz!
God Bless Lucky Oceans on the Daily Planet, Gerry Koster and the ABC for bringing us spectacular talent and beautiful evocative music like this.
Oh yes. Meant to add, NP has a very stylish website too. Have a squiz!
A super-duper recommendation! Love this man's bold out-front gutsy trumpet sound. Great music to share if you're lounging around having a chat and a cheery glass of red with fellow jazz lovers. Adore his albums "Gumbo Nouveau" and "From This Moment". NP can take old chestnuts like "You Steeped Out Of A Dream", and give them a fresh outing. Try his take on "When The Saints Go Marching In", and you'll hear what I mean!
Yes indeed. Swing the Count sure did! Being a cornerstone of 'The All-American Rythym Section', alongside Freddie Green, Walter Page and probably the world's most innovative hi-hat using drummer - Papa Joe Jones, he couldn't miss. Possibly Basie's greatest contribution - like that of Woody Herman - was the fact that his band offered opportunities for other gifted musicians to gain experience and recognition, as the biographical information correctly indicates. The history of The Basie Band is in itself fascinating, as I believe - I hope correctly - that it morphed via The Kansas City Blue Devils, to the Benny Moten Band and finally fell under the leadership of the Count himself. (I'll be interested to read any other comments on this subject from other contributors.)
As the biographical information accurately implies, Roberts is a highly versatile pianist."Deep In The Shed"' is a very interesting album and well worth a listen, but "Gershwin For Lovers" 1994, remains my personal favourite MR album. Try them both anyway.
Congratulations Leigh on Best Album...Thats fantastic.
Delighted to see Tony Gould being inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Well done Tony and well deserved. Thankyou Tony for so many years of superb music and the lovely evenings many of us have enjoyed at Bennett's Lane and other venues over the years!
Lee's lilting, melodic, almost tender alto sound, reminds me of a breeze filtered through willow trees at dusk. If other readers haven't heard Lee live as yet, may I recommend they do so at the upcoming festival.
Try "The New York Album", as a listening experience too.
Gorgeous music. Thanks (bought the albulm tonight while listening to the planet).
Who doesn't love Oscar! Along with Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly and Sonny Clarke, this superb technician was one of the pianistic heroes of my youth and no doubt for many other struggling kids. Loved his interview with another musical great, Andre Previn. (I think this can still be seen on Youtube.) My first purchase of Oscar's recordings was "The Jazz Soul Of Oscar Peterson", with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen. Do any other readers know if this has been released on CD?
Herbie Nichols was innovative, swinging, unique and remains woefully undervalued as an extraordinary musician and quirky composer. Listen to "Herbie Nichols Trio" Blue Note 1519 - you'll realise every aforementioned compliment was deserved!
An extremely interesting and versatile musical voice - wonderful live too. Still enjoy listening to 'Trio Jeepy'. A far more lateral thinker musically than Wynton.
When is the winner announced??!
Hello Tab Webster,
I envy you! How I would love to have been in your position back in the 1960s. Great to hear you made the most of your wonderful opportunities. Agree with your comments re Buddy Rich. Sure, he possessed some of the fastest hands in the business, but in terms of style, there were other far more influential drummers when I was growing up.
Give me Joe any time.
Thank you ABC Jazz (and of course Luke and Janos). This album is absolutely beautiful. Dreamy, touching compositions complemented by first rate playing. I love it!