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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..email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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.
not enough from women
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 (email@example.com), 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!
An fascinating tour with a new twist awaits us - particularly those of us who continue to enjoy Trio Toykeat and Scandinavian jazz. Welcome back Iiro Rantala.
In my teens and early 20's living close to Manchester I was blessed to see and hear all the great American bands and groups that toured the UK in the 60's.
One that stands out was the Dave Brubeck tour of 1964. Not only did I enjoy the concert, Joe's drumming was special, but the following night I had a ticket to a drum clinic arranged be a leading drum store where Joe with his Ludwigs' on a small stage entertained and showed 50 to 60 drummers what it was all about.
Some say Buddy Rich was the "Daddy of them All" but there will always be a special place in my heart for Joe Morello
The doyen of the walking bass! That cosy, swinging sound of Ray's could warm any jazz club on a freezing evening, as well as set up a heavenly groove in any context.
What Where is the Ellington Jazz Club mentioned in whats on re forward dates plse
Norma Winstone's moving vocals catalogue a breadth of emotions from subdued exultancy to heart-rendering angst.Her musical selections state what many of our innermost thoughts long to announce. The more I hear this lady's voice, the more I'm impressed.
Unquestionably an exceptionally influential guitar voice. My favourite Wes album is with the hard-driving Jimmy Smith - "Jimmy and Wes The Dymamic Duo". The arrangements on it are by the magisterial Oliver Nelson. There isn't a dud track on it, so if you love Wes and Jimmy, trust the old Jazzbear! - this is the album for you.
Love jazz? Love reggae? Need a new listening experience? Listen to "Yard Movement", and you'll appreciate why Monty is referred to as 'Alexander The Great'!
Ah the brilliant Jarrett! Love his Standards Trio and his work with Miles. May I strongly suggest too that Jarrett lovers listen to his early work with the incomparable Charles Lloyd. Try "Charles Lloyd In Europe", "Love-In" and "Forest Flower: Charles Lloyd At Monterey".
Warne Marsh and the "Cool School" brigade were certainly a group of intriguing musicians. Their take on improvisation hasn't always appealed to everybody - it could be pretty cerebral - yet Marsh, Tristano and their like certainly provided a fascinating contrast stylistically with other more gritty, emotional improvisers of the day. I for one, adore the sound of Lee Konitz's alto. I strongly recommend all jazz lovers give this music a fair hearing and decide for themselves. I'll be tuning in for sure!
Thanks for trying ABC Jazz. I appreciate your efforts.
One of those newer and fascinating piano stylists who is certainly worth hearing - especially live, if you're in a position to do so.
A subtle drummer who personifies the 'less is more' approach to drumming with his sensitivity toward the musicians around him. Paul skirts the beat, often merely hinting at it or implying its pulse, rather than openly stating it. As a bit of a drummer, I love his crisp snare, finely tuned toms and shimmering cymbal work. P.M. capably demonstrates that drummers don't require large kits to create meaningful sounds. A legend in my humble opinion.
Hello John Crombie,
Glad you enjoy Art Pepper..
Yes, as far as I know this great album is still available. You'd probably be able to get it at numerous outlets, but if you have trouble one of the better CD retailers would no doubt be able to order it in for you.(I'm not sure where you live, but in Melbourne I normally shop at Readings in Carlton or Basement Discs in the city. They're very helpful people.)
This lady is a legend! Her gentle, lilting, alluring voice first captivated me as a boy when I heard her "Girl From Ipanema", and has stayed with me ever since. The outstanding musicians working with her, including the great Stan Getz, cool Luiz Bonfa as well as the masterful Tom Jobim*, certainly enhanced her "Jazz Samba" album. (Which I still have on vinyl!) A delight to listen to on balmy evenings or just about anytime, Astrud and her soulmates played a powerful role in introducing many of us to the subtle beauties of Brazilian jazz. An excellent recommendation.
*Note: Antonio Carlos Jobim is a heavenly musical story in his own right. I regard him as the Brazilian Gershwin!
Poetry & Jazz is a great and difficult art whose possibilities are rarely achieved -.as here on Casino. Poetry & Jazz requires a proper synthesis that would be attained by poets & musicians rehearsing & working together .This rarely If ever happens.
The rundown sketch of Casino's verbal content & attitudes, employing a weighted signifying voice & banal rhyming couplets does this art form a disservice .
Try Mingus working with the Langston Hughes script for Scenes from a City. ..
And though it not quite in the poetry & jazz category that I have mentioned I would most like to recommend to your audience Fred Hersch's Leaves of Grass
the great American poem by Walt Whitman for which Kurt Elling provides the main voice.
I have Art Pepper's 'Jazz Profile' CD Any 'Art' Jazz musician is worth listening to ! Art Blakey, Art Tatum, Art Farmer, even Art(ie) Shaw. I would like 'Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section' for my collection. Is it still available ? John Crombie
Esteemed musicians and memorable standards are combined in this magisterial album. On this recording, the superb Art Pepper ably demonstrates that he was more than a a cool West Coaster". Yet, as reported, all did not proceed well at the commencement of the recording session.. Art hadn't been playing for a fortnight prior. Apparently, his sax was in terrible shape and of course there was no rehearsal time! However, all elements clearly bonded and we are left with this marvellous music to savour. Have an enjoyable listen!
You can also listen to an interview with Mike Nock at http://www.jazzandbeyond.com.au/interview.html#Nock1
Cut and paste this address into your browser address box........enjoy!
This combination is dynamite! Beautiful interplay and use of dynamics.
Keep up the brilliant work.
I just love cool Dexter's big, growly tenor sound. Furthermore, I still enjoy re-watching him in the terrific jazz movie "Round Midnight".
Ginger Baker is certainly a very multi-faceted drummer and a man who 'knows his onions' where African drumming is concerned. Like most kids in the 60s, I loved his licks on many Cream tracks, but over the years I've developed an interest in his drumming on other levels. I'd love to have heard him with the Graham Bond Organisation; alas that is now impossible. One track I particularly like of Ginger's, is his playing on "Can't Find My Way Home", with Blind Faith, filmed live in London's Hyde Park. (This can be found on Youtube.)
The enigmatic Mingus stands tall today as one of America's great composers, band leaders, innovators and for having a unique fat bass sound. His life described in "Beneath The Underdog", is not only about his own struggles, but also about the sheer fight for dignified survival so many of his people endured. (Anybody interested in jazz or American social history should read this book.) Mingus teamwork with Danny Richmond on drums is some of the finest in jazz. He fostered other important talents in his bands too, incuding greats like 'Captain' John Handy. So many compliments could be heaped upon Charles Mingus; I particularly adore his compositions such as "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Better Git It In YOur Soul" and "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting".
Note: Another book relating to African-American history worth reading is "Go Tell It On A Mountain", by the insightful James Baldwin. Another top recommendation Swingwombat!
Well done and best of luck for all nominees and of course the gratuitous plug: you can see several of the nominees as Stonnington Jazz, go to the website to have a look: www.stonningtonjazz.com.au
This was a truly inspiring documentary. As a lover of world music, a study of eastern philosophy, and a novice hand drummer, I found this episode to be quite enlightening.
God, so sexy. Like free-falling naked into a cloud of vanilla ice-cream.
Think of superb jazz singers and the extraordinary, spell-binding "Lady Day", springs immediately to mind.
Billie's rendition of "Lover Man" is my personal favourite of that sad ballad, while - to me - her most meaningful piece is "Strange Fruit."
Speaking of "Lover Man", there is an exquisite instrumental version of this on a fairly rare album titled "What's New", by Bill Evans with Jeremy Steig. (Highly recommended for jazz flute aficionados.)
One of the most versatile and all-round talents in jazz. Is there anything in the jazz canon he hasn't tried? Always a treat live too. Still adore his early work on the Fender Rhodes.
What an incredible man !!!!!!! God love you Dave !!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have loved the Brubeck sound since around 1963/4 when I bought Time Out, but rocked to his wonderful muusic before then !....let's hope Dave continues way beyond his 90th in August and my commiserations go to the Morello family....He was the very best in his field !!
He'll never win an ARIA, if that's what you mean
Duke to me, is "The Emperor" in terms of jazz royalty. If I were to pick the greatest live jazz concert I ever attended, it would be Duke's live performance at Melbourne's Festival Hall many decades ago when I was a wide-eyed young jazz lover. To say that astonishing band was star-studded, would be a gross understatement! - Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Rufus 'Speedy'Jones, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown and more, all right there in front of me in their smart band uniforms. Even the way the guys loosely wandered on stage one at a time had style! That band was as hot as the night on which it took place, but how blessed I was to be there. I wonder if any other readers remember that thrilling night? (I recall being driven there with some other passionate jazz lovers whose names I fully recall, in a wonderful old Morris Oxford, if my memory is correct.) The band played all those superb old tunes - we sang along with "I'm Beginning To See The Light" - along with excerpts from the then new "Far East Suite." The highlight that night musically for me was "Harlem", from "Black, Brown & Beige".
Tuned in on digital TV. Alan Broadbent Trio - Song of home . a laid back melancholy track. Reminds me of Sydney in years past.. (while Im stuck in melbourne right now) x
Monk remains to jazz what Van Gogh is to art - a true individual. A wonderful yet quirky composer - one of the greatest in the USA - who almost broke our hearts with "Round About Midnight" and smirk cheerfully with "Epistrophy". It's hard to imagine an experimenting modernist like Monk admiring James P.Johnson for example, but that was our Thelonious.
So much about 'The Sphere' epitomised jazz, from his zany hats, habit of dancing around the piano and some of those adorable iconic album covers! Great recommendation.
A beautiful soul was our beloved Billy and a heavenly composer. Love the guy and one of his favourite sayings:
"Ever onward and upward." Life wasn't easy for Billy in many ways, yet his wonderful compositions live on.
"Lush Life" melts me every time I hear it - no matter who is performing - and reminds me of life's empty pages.
Enjoy Joe Henderson's tribute album if you have the opportunity.
Meanwhile, I'm going to "Take The A Train", and dream of "Lotus Blossom".
A fine recommendation is Jimmy Giuffre. What an unusual yet fascinating jazz thinker.
Try "The Jimmy Giuffre 3" Atlantic Jazz 7567-90981-2; you'll be in for a pleasant Autumnal musical treat.
This means nothing at all.
For a long time, I've been trying to obtain quite an early Gary Burton album titled "Country Roads & Other Places", without success. I'd be grateful if any other readers could tell me whether or not this fascinating album is still available. (I once had a vinyl copy, but never got it back after lending it! Silly me.) Cheers, Chris.
Note: Love Gary's work with Chick Corea too. His four-mallet work is really something.
This man is brilliant! (I've seen him live twice and own several of his recordings so please trust me.) His pianistic style is both unique and refreshing - love those codas. Brad can make a classic ballad his own. He has frequently been compared to the great Bill Evans, yet Brad is very much his own man. In terms of sheer impact and musical intensity however, he can be likened to Bill! The videos will thrill the most jaded listener.
Fabulous Betty Carter was indeed a singer's singer! Having enjoyed the privilege of hearing Betty's remarkable vocal skills live, I can assure readers that she truly was as great - and even greater - than her numerous admirers have declared.
Savour those excellent video clips and be astounded.
Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra and Ron Carter! I may only be new to Jazz, starting to listen to it five and a half years ago but I know these men are not to be missed! im defenitely seeing Sonny. I may have a HSC English assessment the day after but no way am I missing this!
A stellar outfit which continues to astonish us all, with the excitement, creativity and almost magnetic force of the powerhouse musicians within it. This multi-faceted band is correctly regarded as a consummate Australian musical institution. If visitors to Australia want to gain a speedy, yet memorable insight into our jazz - and the quality side of our music! - then this is the band to access.
Excellent music. I have listened to the concert several times while I write my thesis. I don't know much about jazz but what I heard I liked very much and to think it was recorded in 1938. Thank you ABC, can you please keep this link on for a while? Can I save this concert?
The Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert (Vol 1) was the very first record I ever bought - late 50s. Set me as a lover of jazz for life.
I saw the Brubeck Quartet at Festival Hall in Brisbane, back in the early sixties - without a doubt, the highlight of the concert was Morello's solo on Take Five. 4BH had a tape of the concert for several years, I called their request line a few times just to hear it again!
Joe is probably my favourite local pianist. There is always something special about a Joe Chindamo gig or a new CD. This man is definitely world class. ( Superb musos work with him too.)
Dear ABC - thank you for this. I'm a big of Joe's. Cheers Patrick
Thank you so-o-o much for posting this .
It is AWSOME that human needs are catered for & that isolation can become a thing of the past ...
I am very sentimental about Breakthroughs that make life easier for us - I even cried on the day of the monumental achievement of being able to dial UK DIRECT !!! to speak to my Dad - w/o going through an operator !!!!
This Benny Goodman 's Concert will make my 80 yr old uncle VicK feel young again to know that he can tune in to the music of his era on demand ....Thank you for Progress !
Mmmm, nice stuff from the Mace Francis Orchestra ~ Song Well... Maybe Someday ... hopefully !
I wish I had met the man to thank him.
My first "real" kit were the silver ludwigs 'cause I figured if i had the same drums then obviously I could play just like him............ hmmm
The grace notes, finesse, energy etc. that's what we still try to copy so an inspiration you certainly were so to the mighty Joe , my thanks.
'I'm thinking of you "Brooklyn Jim P "
Bet he wasn't talking about this award. 25K and judged by musicians. Tim's not that stupid.
Online on demand ...24hr Jazz....who'd a thunk it/
I remember when the only way we could hear Jazz
was to Listen to the Voice of Americas Jazz Hour on short wave
and locally, Geoff Brookes at some late hour once a week!
Mighty swinging cat !!
You'll be missed !!
Thanks for the rebound tip as passed on by many drummers .
"Take Five" what a great groovie solo over a vamp..... promise of things to come....
There is a lot you've left for us . Thanks.
dan barnett is a fabulous singer
To quote Tim himself regarding such awards, previously awarded to others, 'This means nothing'
I can't imagine what we'll be hearing from The Arkestra, but we can be certain of one thing - there won't be a dull moment!
This should prove fascinating. Monk remains a jazz prophet. As a composer he rates up there with Gershwin, Mingus, Strayhorn, Jobim and other greats. Monk to me is what Van Gogh is to painting - both unique and beautiful.
Thanks for the info and leads on Newport. When I follow your leads to relevant websites, I know I'm in the hands of passionate experts who adore this art form as much as I do! ABC Jazz is unquestionably, my number one website. Beautiful!
Joe's drumming style was unique in an exciting jazz era. Sadly we can't thrill to Joe's sweet timing, lush cymbals and tasty fills any longer - except on disc. His solo on "Take Five', remains one of the most innovative in jazz and one that other kids like me had fun attempting to imitate - much to the annoyance of the neighbours! Loved his 'stick games' on "Unsquare Dance" too. Swing on Joe and thankyou.
As a great Lee Morgan fan, while I enjoy the Blue Note Lighthouse session, I actually prefer the double CD on the Fresh Sounds label. This is incorrectly entitled "Live at the Lighthouse '70", but was in fact recorded at a San Francisco Club on that tour just before or after the Lighthouse (and was recorded and broadcast by a local radio station). The sound quality is not as good as the Blue Note (probably being a recording of the broadcast), but the group is even more fiery (especially Maupin).
I also like Morgan's album with the late Clifford Jordan, and I discussed Lee with Clifford (and also Billy Harper) when I toured both of those tenor saxophonists.
How do I get a copy of this CD?
Lethal Lee Morgan and his band are truly on fire here! My all time favourite boxed set. Although comprised of only three discs, there isn't a flat moment on it. Even Lee's ultra-cool introduction on Disc One is worth a listen and contrasts with the heat to follow on "Beehive". The real burner for me however, is "Neophilia", on Disc Two. Bennie Maupin's haunting opening on bass clarinet eventually leads into a passionate climax and all concerned 'own-up' in their almost seductive solos. Disc Three ends with - you guessed it - "The Sidewinder". Essential listening for all Lee Morgan fans - and not too many of us aren't. Sensational kick-butt music from a man at the top of his game who would tragically leave us soon after this album was recorded.
I'm curious about Faust doing the jazz festival. They were a fairly uniteresting rock band in the 1970s, why are they part of the festival? Do they play jazz now?
What on earth is "modern funk"? Whatever it is I can't see its place in a New Orleans brass band outfit.
Wonderful stuff. Such good quality sound for such a long time ago , and the music!!!!...magical memories.
It's interesting to hear how respectful the big audience was...only applauding the ends, and the special solo moments.
Where can I get a copy of this cd? Is it available in the ABC shop?
Very enjoyable atmospheric and relaxing soft jazz.
I'm ecstatic! Joy, joy joy - on my on the way to jazz heaven! What an astonishing array of jazz royalty we're about to embrace along with a renowned Korean p'ansori artist. (My Korean friends will be as thrilled as I am.)
Congratulations to all the wonderful organisers for the sounds coming our way. I'm saving up hard for all my tickets starting now. Hey lawdy mama! Bring it all on.
Here are the links, which are constantly being updated. For us Australians, did you know ohnny Pearson provided music for the ABC series "Certain Women" and the Ten Networks "Prisoner". Also Theme to "Division 4". Johnny Pearson is not in the best of health but at the young age of 85 is doing his best.
His outfit Sounds Orchestral 1965-1977
Hi Joe, You may not remember me. I played clarinet and sax under Peter Clinch. Great to read you went on to do do excellent things in the music industry.
I went on to other activities in the humanitarian and social work areas overseas. But I still play music here and there.
Wow - finally found someone who sounds like Nina Simone - made my day!
Some great tracks and artists on this LP. Curious choice of version for "Someday My Prince Will Come" - introduced to jazz by Brubeck but made famous by Bill Evans! Still anything by Dave Brubeck is wonderful. Patrick
dont miss them, they're the real deal, you'll be sorry if you do. i've seen them in NOLA at parades and the maple leaf loads of times and ther're hot'n'funky!! got to be more of this kind of stuff in australia!!
A recommendation: If like me, you enjoy the music of Tomasz Stanko and some of the early electric Miles, have a listen to trumpeter Enrico Rava's album "The Pilgrim And The Stars'. (ECM 1063)
This fascinating album features original compositions and Enrico combines beautifully with John Abercrombie guitar, Palle Danielsson bass and Jon Christensen drums.
Unfortunately missed this interview (again). Could ABC Jazz provide a link to the audio file for a couple of weeks?
PS just love ABC Jazz
Wow - I really enjoyed Peace. I jsut heard it on ABC jazz, it's very moving music. I'm going to order it right now!!
PS: Sorry my good wishes were so late Dave!
Have a great birthday Dave and stick around longer please!
"Take Five", was possibly my first favourite jazz piece when I was just a skinny little kid. (Although I realise the late Paul Desmond wrote it.) Gee I had fun trying to imitate Joe Morello's dangly drum solo. Additionally, I still adore Desmond's cool alto sound.
Loved that quirky album cover art on "Time Out".
Very sadly missed rip
Awesome to have a new album, I remember when the first one came out and we were all totally stoked!Historic occassion
Um, Cathy. I was saying - 'pretty unanimous'. There's been no argument from the fans, above ! And although your a Perth resident Im sure you will be agreeing with me about the Brisbane venue too. Suggest you fly up here next time the RTF perform.
Not quite sure how you arrive at the "unanimous" verdict, Blind Freddie, but glad you enjoyed as much as I did :)
100% standing ovation in Perth too. The audience was rapt.
How can we find out about the education and community activities the band plans to engage in?
Well said Frank. You're a gentleman and a scholar.
I also attended the QPAC concert and can concur that the sound was brilliant. Nothing short of a 100% standing ovation. Rare for a jazz band in Australia. Amazing concert
Alright, well it seems pretty unanimous that Brisbane's Concert Hall is the best Australian venue for acoustics and supporting engineering etal.
But more to the point - will ABC be presenting any of these fine concerts on the Jazz site sometime soon ??
Tune in? You bet I will! Thanks ABC Jazz. I'd never miss any broadcast to do with my number one teenage hero.
(Heck, who would have cared about The Beatles in the 60s when you had Miles.)
I'm sure this wonderful man and superb musician, is receiving the joy in jazz heaven that he bestowed upon so many of us during his remarkable sojourn in this world. Frankly, when I played "Lullaby Of Birdland" on my stereo just after hearing of his passing, I felt very emotional. Seeing him live a few years back in the company of my marvellous former - and patient! - music teacher and her talented husband, was one of the great joys in my musical life. Thankyou George for the music, the laughs and the inspiration. I pray we can meet one day!
I attended the Melbourne concert at the Regent Theatre. Although I'm no sound engineering specialist, there was some sort of amplification buzzing occuring in one or two of the pieces the guys played. Its was distracting and in some instances lasted for over 10 seconds or so.
Musicianship wise the guys were brilliant and highly professional. Its great going to a concert of this calibre and having members of the band speak to the audience and throw out a couple of jokes. I've listened to Chick Corea's music since the 70's as a teenage kid, although, i wasnt full on into jazz/fusion etc, i did respect the musicianship part of it and Mr.Corea's use of synthesiser/electronic keyboards.
I've been a student of classical piano on and off for many years and its only been of late that i have started to study and compose complex jazz music. Attending this concert creates inspiration and motivation. I would love to see Chick Corea come out with the Electrik Band :-)
Checked the band last night in Brisbane. Heavenly stuff. They seemed to have most of those engineering problems above sorted out (and the Concert Hall is clearly better then those stages mentioned above).
Hard to fault, one of the best 3 concerts Ive ever been too. The Jean Luc violin allows for more soaring through the heavens, and Frank's work was very fine. Chic was totally on top of every area. The good spirits and humour of the group came through as well - far better atmosphere than that generated by synthesised laughs, over-produced dirges and sombre musicians in black and white gear.
The band are still growing together I think, and I sure hope that a performance will be released before the end of the year. That should be one for the ages.
Saw this last night in Brisbane. What a treat. What a line up!! What a bunch of pros!!! 40 years practice playing together does pay off. One of my best concerts ever.
Can't complain about the sound in Perth. I hadn't been to a concert in the Riverside Theatre at the Convention Centre before. We were quite amused that the seats had swing up benches for lectures- we could have taken notes!! Anyway, the sound was great. Perfect volume and pretty much crystal clear. Chick was wonderful, Stanley amazing, Jen Luc sizzled, Frank did a sterling job and Lenny White, well, what a groove machine. (I'm in love) My friends and I, (all big fans from way back), thought the whole thing was brilliant. :)
Fantastic live session. Love to get a CD of this.
I hope Mr. Coppell hires Peter Walker to engineer the sound for future jazz performances at the Opera House. Mr Walker has the ears, brain, sensitivity, and skills needed to do the job well.
Yes I made it to the Melbourne gig at the Regent Theatre. It was a great show and it was nice that we had some lighting, smoke and a backdrop this time (including the RTF projection). I too must question the quality of the amplification. I was rather surprised that they went for 'rock concert' volume rather than something a little more subtle and sensitive. Up in the balcony I was bashed with rather a lot of noise in the first set making it difficult to hear Chick's keyboards or Frank's guitar playing. Lenny's drums were way too loud - even when he was hanging back they still dominated. Things improved as the night went on as Chick sent a heap of frantic hand signals to the sound board. Inexcusable was a very annoying and intermittent buzz which no-one on the sound board seemed to hear. Lenny mustn't have had any foldback because he couldn't tell his snare was vibrating loudly in the quieter passages while he wasnt playing. Otherwise he would have simply put his hand on it or turned it off!
Enough complaining - it was a great show. Chick graciously gave plenty of limelight to J-LP and Stanley Clarke - the latter premiered his piece 'New York' to a very receptive audience. J-L P's 'Mirage' also got a guernsy and so to did Stanley Clarke's 'School Days'.
The RTF repertoire was fresh, energetic and played with exuberence. It was wonderful to see how songs such as 'Senor Mouse' and 'No Mystery' have evolved over the years. I lost count of the number of key changes Chick introduced towards the end of 'No Mystery'!
Encore? You bet! Nothing less than a red hot performance of 'Spain' of course, complete with audience participation (normally this would make me shudder, but this time I sang and clapped until my hands were sore). I never thought I would see Chick to 'Spain' live - I read somewhere that he had 'retired' it.
Seeing RTF live is now something that I can cross off my bucket list! Please come again some day...
A great night for the fans... a terrible night for the sound engineer. Why bother bringing some of the world's leading jazz musicians to the Opera House and then letting someone (patently) incompetent sit behind the mixing desk? I'm the first to acknowledge that live mixing is a challenge (and, one person's ideal mix is another person's horrible noise). Incompetence, however, is just plainly obvious - it's not a matter of taste. Is there any other explanation for the bizarre level of processing and EQ applied to the mix - such that all softer, more subtle musical moments were drowning in various forms of hiss and noise?
If the hiss was "unfixable" (e.g. the guitar amp had a bad night), here's a tip for all budding engineers: ride the faders! Fade it out during the quiet moments, grease it back in when the band starts up again. Don't (don't!) turn it on and off capriciously, which merely draws more attention to it.
Here's another two tips: (1) this is a JAZZ event, not rock'n'roll. There's no need to pin people in their seats with volume. This leads to tip (2): the Opera House is a difficult venue for amplified music (ask anyone!). Mostly, you can't beat its (excessive) reverb time in the bass end - it was designed for un-amplified classical music, which generally benefits from the longer reverb. When you turn up a PA to the levels of last night's show - the bottom end (Stanley) becomes indecipherable. RTF's music is complex and interwoven; sensitivity is required (from the engineer) to reproduce it appropriately. None was in evidence.
I've heard that the sound in Melbourne was also highly questionable... Michael Coppel (the promoter) - are you listening? Not good enough.
If you're still reading, here's an even more appalling (technical) aspect of last night's show: the on-stage fold-back. We humble punters don't hear it, but the musicians rely on it almost entirely to hear each other on such a large stage. I was close enough to see members of the band struggling all night to get it adjusted up, down, up, down... they never looked comfortable! The foldback engineer can ruin a performance even more thoroughly than the front-of-house guy. When the musicians are fighting the system, struggling to get a sound and enduring feedback - as they were all night - it's a mighty distraction and hardly conducive to settling in to lay down a hot solo. If you were there last night, ask yourself: how many times did Stanley and Frank adjust their volume and tone controls during their solos? I can tell you: dozens! Every few seconds they would tweak, and tweak some more. Why? Because they couldn't get "comfortable" with their sound. Thank you, the foldback engineer.
Sadly, both engineers seemed to spend most of the night looking at the frequency spectrum displayed on their laptops. Here's my last tip: when mixing sound, the most important tools are your ears, your brain and your sensitivity. And a warning: next time, my partner will NOT be able to restrain me from bumping you out of the way and taking over.
P.s. The music was great.
I absouletely LOVE the song ANGEL! it's like oh so sad.
I LOVE YOU SHELLEY. -best teacher. ♥
I've been wanting to see these guys for a long time, but $120 for a sit-down show at a theatre?
Disappointing to see the promoter chose these sort of venues.
What a concert. First time I have seen Stanley Clarke live, and he is amazing. All the band were terrific, and JLP added some excellent content, Chick was as good as ever, Frank took up the guitar duties with all the right riffs, and added his own magic, Lenny White held it all together, with some very good fusion but not over the top fusion drumming. Also liked his high hat.
I missed his Syd Concert and flew to Melb to catch it there. I was not dissapointed. The duets between the percussionist, who is pure genious and the keybourds was mindblowing. Phrasing great, Money well spent. seeing them live is so far removed from listening to a CD. Another Galaxy.....
Thankyou ABC Jazz for this interesting interview with the wonderful Tomasz Stanko. Unique he is!
What a joy it was hearing his multi-influenced band of musicians live in Melbourne recently.
Hopefully, more ECM artists will grace us with their presence ongoing.
This album is a stunner! - if in doubt just listen to Cassandra's quirky take on 'St James Infirmary.'
Some female jazz singers have sultry voices which consistently haunt the senses - for example Billie Holiday, Julie London, Astrud Gilberto, Patricia Barber - well to me this lady has that same quality. Seeing her live some years ago was indeed a sensual treat too.
I really love this guy's playing, my new favourite pianist!!!
Hello Gerry Koster!!
Frank is no longer "The Wig", he is now a fully fledged member of "The Pate".A dream come true gig, especially to hear Jean Luc and Frank .
Great to hear what Craig has to say - and indeed, hopefully there will be better days ahead. Nice one Craig.
Took my best friend to the Village Vanguard last night to see Jacky's 11pm set, as part of a Bachelor celebration. We were very shocked as Jacky proceeded to not really play. The legendary owner Lorraine was grumbling at the bar, people started to walk out. Jacky stood up walked off stage and fell down when he came back. This went on with Jacky not "completing thoughts" for about, 40 minutes. He and the club owner were sort of tangoeing in front of us. Then about 6 people walked out, shortly after Jacky stood up and said good night. Extremely disappointing. Clearly something beyond your standard drunkenness. Weird!
I'm going to see them in Perth. In just over a week. So excited! I still remember the first time I heard them - lay on the floor in the dark and listened to the Romantic Warrior LP, which I still have, naturally. It was a heady and moving experience. Of course that was with Al Di Meola, but I'm looking forward to hearing Frank Gambale, and Jean Luc Ponty, and would like to send best wishes to Bill Connors too. Bring it on!
I'm confused about the dates of the event. February 5 is Saturday; February 6 is Sunday. Another event (Dungog Film Festival's "In the Raw") is being held in the Richard Wherrett Studio on 7 February which is a Monday.
Please check your dates and correct the website information please.
LOVE HER!!!!! Absolutely a talent, beyond her years! More, More More!
As noted from Ticketmaster site :
"Bill Connors has a medical situation that will not allow his traveling to Australia at this time. We all wish him a speedy and full recovery. He is making good progress. Although the circumstances are unfortunate, the guys are thrilled that Frank Gambale will be joining Return to Forever."
Maybe of interest to others if not already seen, has a video of rehearsal :
I'm with Peter Walker (above) on the unfairness of the sudden switcheroo.
Nice! Who do we contact to submit new indie artist to for airplay on your radio program?
Beautiful, thanks for gorgeous wake up music.
Is Frank Gambale aka "THE WIG" oh I love him
Most unusual and compelling. Parts I really liked the clever trumpet.
Can anyone tell me if there is going to be a jazz festival in 2011?
Yes, i was looking forward to seeing Bill Connors too. Perhaps he is sick ?
I would like to know why he can't appear. ....ABC - can you advise here utilising your incredible resources ??
But Frank Gambale should be interesting also, not having ever seen him live. I hope he may offer some variety other than all sweep picking - I do enjoy that and he is impressive but would love to hear/see him challenge himself in other areas in a more surprising and subtle manner. You never know.
I read they will play upto 3 hours ? And separately also. Be great if Chick did some stuff he did with Jean Luc Ponty on My Spanish Heart album... Rhumba's and such ....An amazing lineup all told !!!
Awesome Saxophone solo! Sounds like Mark Spencer.
Yes, don't miss this one. We play a couple of their tunes in Mean Feet Brass Band - Rebirth are an inspiration. I think its' like a movement; there are a number of small brass bands doing amazing things these days around the world. Obviously Rebirth and others with that brilliant American New Orleans street rootsy soul/funk/jazz sound but also coming out of Europe with some more classical style influences; check out the Mnozil Brass, they are amazing. In fact just do a search on youtube using "brass band" and you get a lot of great stuff including some great Rebirth performances.
A gorgeous song and beautifully played.
Stan is the Man!!!!
Frank Gambale is likely a worthy replacement for Bill Connors. And he's a true local hero of the international jazz guitar scene to boot.
But I'm still disappointed that this concert, at these prices, has changed billing from: "The real deal, the band exactly as it was on the album".. to: "A great lineup, with some of my favourite players".
I thought that my $300 (for two tickets) was buying Return To Forever of the "Hymn of The Seventh Galaxy" era. That's what it said on the poster when we bought the tickets. Specifically.
Isn't there a Trade Practices Act to cover this situation?
Or, at least, an email from the Opera House (they know where I live) letting me know of the material change of circumstances. An offer of a refund wouldn't go astray either (I don't want one). But they should have informed, and offered.
I heard about the changed line-up entirely by chance, today.
It's Thebarton theatre Adelaide!!
Unmissable! This joyful outfit kicks butt and is already written on my calendar for 2011.
Brings back colourful memories of my time as a drummer in my daggy school brass band.
Wow! I booked tickets and didn't realise Frank Gambale was playing. What a fantastic bonus! Can't wait.
I too have waited 30 years to see these guys - my musical heroes!! Last year when Chick toured with the Five Peace Band, I met him backstage in Adelaide, 25 years after I first met him in Sydney as a young fan. I told him that while I have been blessed to have seen him 5 times, in different cities of the world, my life would only be complete if he could bring RTF to Australia. He acknowledged that they had missed Australia on their 2008 world tour and promised to try and bring them. I'm sure he would have planned it anyway, but I'd love to think I had something to do with this great fortune! I will be travelling to Melboune to see RTF with seveal members of my family and then again in Adelaide 2 days later. I want to see all these guys but Stanley and Lenny have been top of my list of those I have yet to see for soooo long. I have been so lucky to have seen many very great jazz legends in my life, and this will just top it off for me. Lucky, lucky, lucky......
Another sad loss within our great world of jazz.
Particularly love his work with Dizzy along with Gil Fuller & The Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra.
Thanks for the joyful memories James. Bet you're already jamming it up with Diz in Jazz Heaven!
Harry! Look at you go mate! I remember doing that corporate event with you at Hilton when you were just 16 remember, you were talented then & looks like you have just skyrocketed since then.
Absolutely superb music, so appropriate to the title of the album. In particular the song "Kisses" is paricularly well presented and oh, so romantic. Denise has a lovely voice and nice vibrato, the piano accompanyment is excellent and the choce of songs is very good. Truly romantic music to be played "When lights are low" Proficiat Denise. Now to rush off and order this album!!!!!
Is there any way that you can revise this promotional material to also include Frank Gambale (guitarist ) who is also on this RTF Australian Tour 2010 Frank has played many years with Chick and I am sure you know is an Australian from Canberra! His career has been as profound as any artist's can ever be and we should be showering him with praise and publicity. I am so excited that he will be touring here and everyone should know!
Never listened to Miller before. Blown away.
Big Miles fan and also of Pat Metheny, so the cool integration of guitar and brass sets me off!
Great groove! – Greg A,
Can`t tell you how much I enjoy listening to "A.B.C." Dig Radio, and tonight is just the best. Marcus Miller; What can one say? I`m a huge fan of M.M. and being a bass player myself, this is akin to heaven. Well Done.....
Regards, John Walsh.
Is there a support band? It would be really great to see a local band have the opportunity, like Chris Poulsen Trio did with the Yellowjackets a few years ago...
Well said Simon - this is indeed a very nice Christmas present (even if we have to wait until Feb). I had no idea they were touring but quickly purchased a ticket after picking myself off the floor. Should be absolutely massive!!
I never tire of listening to this man's music. I miss the days when I could see him live, when he used to tour in Michigan. His singing is that magical combination of technique and passion that is always greater than the sum of its parts and utterly hypnotizes the listener.
Fantastic News! I have waited decades to see these guys! I saw the Al Di Meola Project in Manchester and London in 1985, but I am a little bit too young to have seen RTF live. For me this will be the concert the year - and I don't care who else is coming Down Under - no-one plays like Return to Forever. Check out the Return to Forever Returns CDs & DVD from their 2008 US tour - should be able to find clips online - then buy your tickets!!
Not having been lucky enough to be there is there and having missed the broadcast is any way of still getting a listen? This thread has definitely got my curiosity aroused - very intriguing!
Above it did mention it would be available for 2 weeks after broadcast although it neglected to provide a link (!!)
- hey! why only 2 weeks?! Has ABC gone pay-per-view or something?
This is one of the finest albums I have heard in a long time. Evocative, moving. The Gathering gathers my senses!
All Jukka Perko information and albums are available from me Henk van Leeuwen, promoter, who brought Jukka Perko on 3 occasions on tours to Australia and New Zealand - www.henk.com.au - Thanls to ABC Jazz for the interest
Not sure what people or critics mean when they nominate highlights, but the Alister Spence Trio performance was the best set I have seen at Wang for years. The festival itself had a particularly strong lineup but some of the organisation needs to be "tweaked". You didn't need to be Nostradamus to realise that scheduling an act of Kurt Elling's stature on the Sunday night was going to lead to many hundreds of people missing out. A bit of forward planning, perhaps in the form a of book of numbered tickets, at least would have allowed the volunteers to allocate available seats for the second set. I prebooked but some poor devils waited hours and still missed out. Incidentally the answer is not to ticket all "name" concerts; the one ticket system is a significant part of the success of the festival and many jazz punters won't bother with the 5 hour drive if the festival turns into a pick and choose ticket ripoff. One final opinion, I'm a great fan of Mr Elling but someone needs to tell him that he's overdoing the "Great American Songbook" schtick and if he doesn't watch out he won't be the first artist turned into a boring celebrity by a grammy.
haunting melody and gorgeous voice
spot on Shelley,
I still think about the amazing talent, and the incredible journey Wayne and co, took us on that night.
Perhaps one of the most wonderful concert experiences I have ever had,
and like all things of great beauty and artistry,...... lingers, stays with me , still!
This year's festival was one of my favourites for many years, really enjoyed the program, with lots of highlights for me. Look forward to the next 21 years!
There are some great pics there, is it possible to credit the photographer/s?
As a big ECM fan and lover of nothern European jazz generally, I'm delighted to know this intriguing, uniquely original musician is returning to our shores. However, I would be further thrilled to listen to him live at an intimate jazz venue like Bennett's Lane, rather than a large concert hall. What are my chances one day?
If you want a TRUE 'trumpet-off' with strict judging criteria that not even anonymous internet forum kings can debate, I have a simple solution that might just work...get the competitors on stage together (no expensive house rhythm section required Adrian) and the winners of the competition could be decided by who can play highest note with the loudest tone and most distasteful musicianship.
Why isn't he coming to bundaberg?
It would be nice if the time of the events was included with the information.
Always a little disagreement with judging in these situations. Look at the history, Ian Chaplin didn't get in, he is one of the best players on the instrument in Australian history, Philip Rex had the same situation. Mags and Muller equal when the judges job is to decide?
We are humans, we have biases and aesthetics, all differing, that is evident here. The judges use theirs and make their choices.
To those who say there was clearly a winner I disagree, and I'm probably quite knowledgeable in the arena of jazz trumpet. The guys all sounded great and I'm glad I wasn't judging.
Get over it people. It was a great opportunity for them to be heard and show their skills, beyond that they got some pocket money that will maybe pay their rent for a couple of months, if that, go buy their music.
As for the judges, all good people who have spent their life in music and deserve our respect too.
Good news indeed!
None of this competition or what these 3 guys did matters anyway. Even in the afterlife, I am still the king of the trumpet.
Sorry to hear the passing of Serge Ermoll. He was a great player and quite a character. My condolences to Helene and His Family.
"Firstly to deride participants to this forum on the basis of their anonymity is with respect churlish and completely misses the point. Whether a participant chooses to post under his or her own name is largely irrelevant."
- Unfortunately Johnny, I disagree with you on this one, which is why I used my real name. I think people should stand by their opinions and reasonings and I feel internet forums encourage a lot of mindless and unsubstantiated material, purely because the poster needn't be publicly accountable for what they express in the domain.
"Finally, you raised the character of the 3 finalists however I am at a loss as to why? No one here has commented or raised any issues as to the personal standing or integrity of these 3 young men, quite the opposite. AS to better spending our time congratulating Matt for representing Australia overseas, again I am confused by what this means as I am not sure it is in this capacity that he is in NYC."
- I admit that paragraph may have seemed irrelevant, but what I meant to do was eradicate any sense of bias as I have known and played with Eamon for many years. My comments about this forum really don't have anything to do with my opinion of who should have won the award, I haven't even heard most of the final.
In terms of Matt representing Australia, that was a figure of speech. He is by default representing us. He was raised and he studied here.
Picking up on Adrian's comments, I don't think that the judges should enter into public debate but I don't see why they can't let the audience know what it was about the winning performance that made it stand out. This doesn't require any criticism of the other performers. The judges could simply prepare a few sentences which highlight the most impressive aspects of the winning performance - the depth of the ideas, distinctiveness of voice, mastery of the range of the instrument, engagement with the band...
Congrats to all the players - wonderful performances all 3. I'll be buying your records - I've got a few already.
The judges don't follow a strict mathematical process, as you might get e.g. in a gymnastics contest, with 10 points for technical ability, 10 points for originality, etc etc. It really wouldn't be workable. eg, if one judge is a 'hard marker', a scoring process would give their vote less weight than someone inclined to give higher points.
We do try to achieve consensus in deciding which 10 entrants are invited to play at the festival ; then which 3 should be chosen to play the final round ; and which finalist wins which prize.
If anyone can advise of a similar competition where the judges do enter into a public debate to justify their decision, or announce scores for each performer, I would be surprised ; but would also be interested to hear how it works.
Thanks for clarifying Adrian. My apologies for not knowing about this before posting.
Do the judges allocate marks for each person in each criteria as they hear or is it 'generalised?'
As Johnny Jazz said I think it's more the curiosity factor - nobody is trying to diminish the character or the playing of any of the 3 players but of course it's going to be subjective and open to interpretation. It is a competition after all and all finalists know that they are putting themselves 'out there' for public scrutiny. Let's remember that esentially it ia a PUBLIC competition, otherwise it would be held by a magazine and people would submit a CD.
Unfortunately the finalists don't deserve this kind of scrutiny as they are all great but I think people just want transparency in the judges decision.
Anyhow this is likely my last post as this seems a bit pointless but congratulations to all 3 finalists, they played their asses off and they should all be proud of themselves.
Shannon, thanks for your comments. I would like to respond. Firstly to deride participants to this forum on the basis of their anonymity is with respect churlish and completely misses the point. Whether a participant chooses to post under his or her own name is largely irrelevant. I'm sure you would not know most of the people who have posted here. As you also personally well know many participants to forums such as these choose to remain anonymous. Surely this does not cheapen their contribution?
The posts I have read have almost without exception been respectful. There is however strong feeling about how the award was judged and a desire for more information as to the process. Surely the public who of course are the lynchpin of these awards are entitled to this information. Indeed I have read other forums where jazz musicians have questioned and been openly contemptuous of the standard and the process of some of the major jazz awards in this country. Shannon you will not need to travel far to come across this view from your fellow musicians.
In your post you talk about the potential hurt to Eammon. With respect this again misses the point. Eammon's playing as with all the finalists was exceptional. Indeed the awards were the event I enjoyed the most this year. To ask for more information about the process is not to cast aspersions on Eammon or indeed the Judges. I for one as with many other people would simply like to know by what criteria the entrants were judged upon. Very simple. In fact I can easily live with Eammon winning the award I would just like some more information. In any event the criticism meted out to other jazz award winners on other forums from their fellow musicians is I would submit more likely to be hurtful than the postings on this forum.
Such discussion that is going on here is more likely should the festival respond in an appropriate manner to lead to the protection and advancement of the integrity of the competition. All the public is asking for is more information as to the judging process.
Finally, you raised the character of the 3 finalists however I am at a loss as to why? No one here has commented or raised any issues as to the personal standing or integrity of these 3 young men, quite the opposite. AS to better spending our time congratulating Matt for representing Australia overseas, again I am confused by what this means as I am not sure it is in this capacity that he is in NYC.
Yes, there ARE criteria for the judges to follow. These are stated on the entry form, which is available on www.wangarattajazz.com
The criteria don't include reference to where anyone lives ; sorry, but that 'theory' is simply silly.
The 3 finalists are judged on how they perform in the final round. Unavoidably, the judges will take into account how someone plays in the final round, compared to how (and what) they played in the semi-finals.
The policy of not asking the judges to explain/justify their decision is not a matter of treating the audience with 'disrespect'. It's more a matter of treating the finalists with respect. If the judges are critical of some aspect of their playing, they can explain that to the finalist in question (if they wish to discuss it with the judges), rather than making potentially critical comments in a public forum.
It is a subjective competition, not an Olympic sprint.
Some of these comments are so offensive.
To all those who thought Mat was great, maybe your energies would be better spent telling him how impressed you were with his playing and how proud you are that he is representing Australia on the world stage, as he does in New York.
Hopefully Eamon doesn't end up reading these comments; imagine if you put your heart and soul into playing your best, both leading up to and during a competition, won it and then had to read about people thinking you didn't deserve it. How utterly hurtful. If you disagree with the judges' decision, that's your business. Hiding behind the anonymity of the internet is, well, just cheap.
The beauty of this competition is the exposure it gives to the players. I know many of the top ten players were largely unknown to the general jazz going public in each state.
Having had the absolute privilege of sharing the stage (at various times) with all of the gentleman who made the final, I can safely say that they are all fantastic players and genuinely fabulous human beings with so much to offer the Australian and international jazz scenes.
Get over it. Or start your own competition.
To baritone sax lovers:
If , like me, you love a bold, warm bari sax sound and you enjoy players such as Serge Chaloff along with Pepper Adams, may I recommend Nick Brignola's 1996 album, "Flight Of The Eagle". Some original compositions along with fine renditions of standards like "My Foolish Heart" and "Body & Soul" are included. Nick is capably supported by Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid and Victor Lewis. Well worth a listen; this collection cooks.
it can be streamed from jazztrack's website if you want to relisten
I doubt that formal judging criteria would solve anything... i would like to go and have another listen though. Is there a podcast of the finals broadcast here?
Must agree with the general sentiments here. I thought all the finalists were exceptional and each had different strengths. Eammon had a wonderful warm tone and I thought Nicks playing showed avant gardish elements which I really enjoyed. Matt however I thought was just on a different level and I must say I was shocked to hear he didn't win. I was really very surprised. One theory I heard was the reluctance of the judges to award the title to a non resident performer Matt, like Jacam Manricks last year, currently residing in NYC. As indicated by Adrian however don't expect any feedback from the Judges. We the punters are the poor old cash cows continually treated with disrespect. I challenge the festival to award an audience choice award for the finals which would be very simple to do. Matt would have romped it in this year
Great comments Adrian, but your comparison and agreement with people re: Monk and Oscar kind of proves my point below.
If you can't compare Oscar and Monk then why do it at Wangaratta in a competition format without some kind of judging criteria? At the end of the day these 3 awesome musicians were being judged/adjudicated/compared/whatever you want to call it.
Being that this really IS a competition then what are the criteria? If it's to be transparent then the finalists need to know what they are being judged or asessed on.
I am declaring an interest in that I am friends with Mat but I thought it was a given he'd win when I listened to the finals on ABCFM. You mentioned that the judges listened to the semis and the finals and most of the anonymous people likely didn't - so does this mean that their performances in the semis were also adjudicated? Did anyone tell the finalists that? I'm sure Mat wouldn't have done the same set if this were the case.
Whilst the other finalists were great Mat showed a maturity that was unique and while others mention the 'tradition' of the music and uniqueness in Eamon there were a lot of '60s Miles influences happening there too.
I'm not taking anything away from the other two I thought they were great and I really loved their playing, but I didn't think either of them were 'the best' in my humble opinion.
Jazz is what it is because some like Zorn, some like Bird, some like Kurt Elling, and others hate them all and consider themselves Jazz afficienados.
What is right or wrong?
To me transparency and a judging criteria are the only fair way to judge a 'competition' as Jazz moves further away from its original tradition.
Yay Adrian! Some sanity. I guess one approach is to buy Mike a drink and bail him up until he spills the beans on the great Jazz Award Conspiracy.
Generic???? Are you KIDDING me. Maybe listen to the recording again. Mat has such an original voice it's RIDICULOUS. Who does Mat sound like to you? Just because he can play all over the instrument doesn't mean he's generic.
Oops! Nearly forgot re my Serge Chaloff comments.
Thanks too for those knockout video clips!
I always know you wonderful jazz lovers at ABC Jazz can be depended upon. Thankyou once more.
Serge Chaloff is somebody we should all listen to more often. His warm, full-bodied tone caresses the ears whilst lovingly embracing the music.
"Blue Serge", is certainly a wonderful album through which listeners can know Serge better. My favourite tracks incude "Stairway To The Stars", "A Handful Of Stars", How About You?" and "All The Things You Are". With such renowned greats accompanying him - Sonny Clark, Leroy Vinegar and Philly Joe Jones - nothing more need be said. Sure, like just about everbody, I love "Jeru", yet I believe Serge had a bigger, fatter, more expansive sound.
I'll hazard a guess that Eamon won because he has a more developed 'personal' voice. He is an utterly recognisable trumpeter with his own sound and approach to improvisation. Matt is a spectacular player but sounds more generic. The judges are entirely correct in ordering their priorities in this manner... it is actually the tradition. That's why Thelonius Monk is accepted as a more important pianist than Oscar Peterson even though Oscar Peterson could 'bring the house down' in a way that Monk never could. Jazz is an ARTFORM not a craft or a sport (even though aspects of craft and physical prowess do play a part).
Eamon is one of my favourite trumpeters (I am a professional trumpeter myself) he can actually surprise - so, so rare. That's not to take anything away from Matt who is one of the most extraordinary trumpeters we have produced but this award is not a 'brass' award or a 'trumpet' award it's the National JAZZ Award people...
fabulous - mark murphy is one of the absolute best!
Excellent jazz, and truly entertaining music - when are you coming to Norway?
On behalf of the Wangaratta Jazz festival, I feel the need to make a few points.
* The three judges are very experienced and respected musicians, who took the task of assessing the recorded entries, and the performances at Wangaratta, very seriously. I have the utmost faith in their integrity, and have no doubt that they gave their honest opinion on the performances presented to them.
* The judges listened to every performance in the semi-finals and the finals. I would be surprised if some of their (mainly anonymous) critics could say the same.
* I would be very surprised if any other similar competition would ask the judges to publish the reasoning for their decisions (as suggested here), and enter into a public debate. I have no intention of doing so. I suspect that such an exercise would be fruitless. The judges' decision is final. Having said that, the judges are happy to provide feedback to any of the contestants who might contact them directly.
* People can debate the merits/strengths of the respective musicians who were in the finals. That's fine, everyone is entitled to an opinion. [Someone raised the example of Oscar Peterson/Thelonious Monk ; it's a good point..for what it's worth, I think Peterson had a far more commanding technique, but personally I'd be more swayed by Monk's originality and wit. If others disagree, I can't say they're right or wrong, just that they have a different opinion]. It does surprise me when people are so confident in their own knowledge/opinion that they can declare not just that they disagree with the judges, but that the judges 'clearly' got it 'wrong'.
* I hope that this debate doesn't detract from the achievements of Eamon, and Mat, and Nick, in making the finals in what was a very strong field, and all playing some superb music throughout the course of the weekend.
To preface I am a big fan of the playing of the judges.Friday night's performance by Mike Nock New Quintet featuring Phil Slater was a highlight of the festival and I've enjoyed James Greening's playing in a variety of settings. I've listened to and played jazz for over 40 years and heard live the playing of trumpeters including Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis.
Maybe because where I was sitting - at the back and up top - the impact of Mat Jodrell's playing was immediate. The last of the three finalists to play, his sound seemed to fill the room in an acoustic sense especially when he moved back from the mike. The quality of his tone was profound and reminded me of a 1988 sound check by Marsalis in the Perth Concert Hall.
Of the three finalists Mat apparently was the only one to play the same three pieces. His control of dynamics and the nuances in the quality of his tone in Flamenco Sketches were superb and no doubt he used similar devices both in the semi and final but the overall impact on this ballad was both times sensational. Should he have played a different blues in the final? Straight No Chaser in the final possessed an interaction with the trio especially Ben Vanderwal that provided some of the highest quality playing of the weekend and he surely did not play the same solo as the semi. His ability to maintain control of the rhythm with Ben's propensity to utilise complex poly-rhythms was first rate.
Mat's original with a McCoy Tyner-style ostinato that Sam Keevers nailed superbly provided Mat the opportunity to again display technical facility and accuracy; a knowledge of contemporary musical form; and the highest notes of the final.
I have used the 10 point criteria above to analyse Mat Jodrell's performance. In the interests of accountability I would suggest that the judges make public their analysis of the three finalists that an overall jazz-educated audience may better understand the way this artform is perceived by its most talented practitioners.
May I begin by saying that I have no connection to any of the players in the final nor do I mean any disrespect to any of them - reaching the final and being able to play under that sort of pressure is a great achievement. However, as a regular attendee of the festival and a regular patron of the competitions I feel I need to comment on this year's decision. It seemed to me and all of my companions (all long time jazz fans and students of the genre) that the failure to award the final to Matt Jodrell was no less than astounding. Surely all patrons of the competition (and purchasers of tickets to the festival) deserve some feedback from the judges ,in all the competitions, to enlighten us as to the reasons behind the decision. Perhaps then we would not feel so amazed at what appeared to be a travesty. Otherwise we may feel that we are being treated, as one prominent critic labelled us in a review of last year's proceedings, "just a festival crowd".
Matthew Jodrell has actually been studying at the Juilliard School and we will be hearing a lot more from him too, despite the fact he was placed second.
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The judges need to explain where they were coming from with this decision! Good luck to them.
To those who say "that's only your opinion" I say that when someone like Matt is that far ahead of the rest and is not rewarded the result lacks integrity. To those who say "it doesn't matter who wins" I say well don't have a competition then, just have the best ten players of the instrument presenting their material. To those who say "well its on again next year" I say that after 4 years of watching these curious decisions I'm boycotting the Awards until there's much more transparency of judging.
An embarrassing decision. Jodrell showed incredible maturity and was clearly on another level to his competitors.
Whilst all the competitors were fantastic, this decision really is astounding. Matt Jodrell was clearly the best in terms of musicianship, ensemble interaction and virtuosity. Conspiracy theories aside, it is unthinkable that matt could not have won it as he was clearly the best brass player in the final. I was in the audience and it seemed unanimous that Matt was the best finalist. I can only reiterate what was said previously in that the 'fact matt did not win is an embarrassment and has done nothing for the reputation of the competition"
By the way, Nick sounded pretty damn good too!
There were many fabulous musicians in the competition and really getting into the top ten is brilliant so stop complaining that Matt didn't win, or I'll start complaining that my favourite didn't win.
No disrespect to all of the 10 players in the competition! It shouldn't really matter if he played the same tunes though - he was completely pushing the boundaries in all aspects of his playing - I hardly think he was playing it safe. Ultimately all three players played well - but Matt was on another level completely and I find it hard to believe people couldn't hear that.
No disrespect to Mat, who soudned great (as always)......but the people complaining he should have won may not realise he played the same set in the final as he did in the semi-final......maybe the judges decided he sounded great, but was taking a very safe approach?
Here's a question for you then: if Thelonius Monk and Oscar Peterson were in the comp who would you think should win?
Every year - nobody gets it! It doesn't matter who wins, half the people will say that's ridiculous, how could they have possibly given it to Mr X?? There will never ever ever be total consensus. As for prejudice against a certain city or state - gimme a break. Go watch some 9/11 conspiracy films.
The great Bernie McGann is indeed an Australian cultural icon.
This is another superbly innovative album from a true master and a worthy addition to any serious collection.
Being a double CD, it represents wonderful value too. Buy it! - satisfaction guaranteed.
Congratulation to Eamon however I believe strongly that the wrong decision was made here. Matthew was not only incredibly original, but showed his technical mastery of the horn and his ridiculously strong musicality.
Matthew Jodrell was clearly on a completely different level both musically and technically as a trumpet player. The fact that he did not win is such an embarrassment and has done nothing for the reputation of the competition. It was an obvious choice.
Decisions in competitions are rarely so easy. How the judges got this wrong is so hard to understand. If decisions like this continue to be made, the reputation of the competition will suffer.
Hey all, here we have the problem with competition in music! They all played wonderfully, but so different. Nicks chops were also incredible in his first tune, wailing up to double G's. Mathew was fiery as always, he is amazing. Eamon played the ballad so beautifully that I thought he was in another class there. It's not all about range, volume etc.
about time someone from melbourne won it, how long has it been... 12 years?? (not including magnussen's half victory in 1998)
They picked the guy who was more original, less idiomatic perhaps. Jodrell's set was incredible and he is an astonishing trumpeter but Eamon's got something else going on. I remember years ago when Will Guthrie was judged winner over Danny Fischer and lots of people were kind of surprised but it seems to me that decision has been well vindicated with Will going on to develop in all sorts of directions and really influence a lot of other musicians.
The last guy (Matthew Jodrell) absolutely killed it and gave the rest a lesson in how to play (especially with a band). Maturity was second to none.
Also he wasn't out of tune for the whole set.
Can't quite fathom this decision but congratulations to Eamon. He sounded good.
This is the most unbelievable decision - clearly Matt Jodrell was in a completely different league of musicianship, technique and maturity
For the award winner I'd like to offer a special invitation to perform at the first Sydney International Jazz Festival (SIJF), which will take place in August 2011.
Good luck to all award finalists!
Please, I listen for the Jazz, not the country. No more country please.
as a kid in 70's I was a member of the Breen Machine (Janice Breen School of Dance) and was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to meet members of the Daly Wilson Big Band and Kerry also. This has brought back some great memories of my childhood... :)
i play this chart in a youth jazz orchestra. i am 13 years old and this is the most amazing jazz chart i have ever read or heard. florian ross is a compositional genius!
This is such fantastic news - one of my favourite jazz artists at one of my favourite Festivals! Good work guys
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou to all the ABC Jazz team for these superb Dizzy Gillespie videos. You've made my morning; brought a tear to the eye!
Words don't come easily when attempting to describe the exquisite beauty of Diz playing 'Tin Tin Deo'.
I adore jazz and good ol' Aunty ABC. ( If any ill-informed right-wing politicians ever rubbish the ABC I'll just about declare war on them.)
With respect and gratitude,
I can say that ABC Jazz and The various iterations of the Planet both now in digital form are a soul saver, I could not dream of going anywhere in the world without access to them.Thanks ABC.
Great stuff! This is getting in the mood for the annual piligrimage. Fifth year in a row - does that make me a veteran yet?
What, no track called "Toxic". Bummer :)
Kurt Elling Australian tour
Sydney Friday 22 Media Day
Brisbane Jazz Festival 23 October 2010
Ellington Jazz Club Perth 26 - 28 October 2010
Wangaratta Jazz Festival 30 - 31 October 2010
Sydney Opera House 2 November 2010, 8.30pm, Concert Hall.
I had the pleasure of seeing the Shannon Barnett Quartet last night (Sat 2nd Oct) in Ballina (not listed in the itinerary). The friends with whom I watched this show were as impressed as I was. To say that all the musicians were comfortable with their instruments would be to understate their vituosity. The complete control with which they played allowed each musician/instrument to have a spellbinding conversation with each other and with the audience.
Shannon Barnett's precision and breathing were notable, as was the tone elicited from her instrument: sad and wistful in "Pesos"; soaring and uplifting in their beautiful arrangement of Crowded House's, "Four Seasons In One Day". Nashua Lee's guitar work was superb. The lightning finger work on the fretboard even brought a smile and shake of the head from bassist, Christopher Hale... nuff said! Hale himself was assured, providing a stable base from which others were able to provide improvisation, and very capably taking control in his own spotlight moments. Behind this was the rhythmic simplicity of drummer, Ben Hendry. His consistent and persistent rhythms had our table bopping, hypnotised by the train-ride he was providing.
My only gripe is that the Crowded House arrangement is not on the CD... I'd love to see it included on a live album :)
We had a brilliant night... I couldn't recommend this quartet highly enough. Just go see them yourself.
They forget to list Don Stewart in the finalists list! There are only 9 names listed above...go Don!
more more more (and then some) of Dan Barnett and Peter Locke .......... please
It was a great interview, but I turned on in the middle of it and was not sure who was being interviewed. I enjoy Mike Nock's music very much. More piano jazz and quartets would be good for the programme.
Lazy Afternoon is a great CD.
listening this music is wonderful!
I propose to provide this music in all offices, it could increase the efficency...... :-))
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From Italy, let me say a big CIAO to all of you.
Wow I loved this song so much I tried to download it on i tunes. Its not coming up on the album tho? How can I hear this song its not on the internet anywhere!!
This is an incredible album. Each member of the trio brings something fresh and interesting to the table, resulting in a highly enjoyable listen. This will be on high rotation at my house.
Enjoyed listening to the conversation and the track samples... Great work ABC
Wish I'd made this date back then, I've listened to this session four or five times now , and delighted with the playing and the musicians. Wish it could all be again...
This is an excellent cd from a brilliant young trio. All the best to them
What a wonderful sound, a great listen
Brilliant album - I love how seamlessly his songs sample and combine different musical influences . On high rotation.
Relaxed at home on Sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this great concert through my stereo system recorded in February 2001.
A great line-up of musicians and great vocals by Nichaud and Shelley.
I have always been a Gerry mulligan fan and one of my all time jazz classics is the Chet Baker/Gerry Mulligan live recording of My Funny Valentime at Carnegie Hall in the 1950's.
It would be fantastic if Gianni and Friends performed this concert again in Melbourne almost ten years later. It would be an extremely popular concert and I for one would not miss it!
Thanks for the great music Casey!
wicked sick album, totally kickin'.
Good on you mate, it's a top cd and should be the feature album every week!
absolutely fantastic. A really great listen
Saw Grace at Ipswich with Normie Rowe, Joe Camelleri and Frankie Holden. In a word, brilliant.
Hey...looks like a very enjoyable play list and I won't be able to hear you, but I hope you tell Eve to listen...she just got back to Oz today. If it becomes a CD please let me know...
and meanwhile have a great broadcast performance!! Yea for you!
The old Auntie
Sounds great and look forward to seeing you live again!
Oh wow - I didn't know this recording existed! This was such a great night. Will's playing and musical presence in Melbourne is missed - so nice to hear him at the Fender Rhodes too. Thanks for let us relive this night!
Well, I managed to miss Smokin' at the Half Noten with Wyn Kelly and Wes Montgomery. Is it on CD and, if so, can you supply details? Your avid listener - Andrew Burke
Wow - first time I've ever felt compelled to look up who the artist was. That was simply amazing!!!
james sherlock surely must be close now to the smoothest tastiest jazz guitarist in australia
thanks james for your notes
The local contingent is worth the price of admmission alone. Kurt and the rest of the blow ins are just icing on the cake.
Go Kurt - I'm coming to Wangaratta!
Does the ABC provide anything that is stylistically pre Parker/Gillespie/Davis?
Fabulous! 50 years on, still going strong... A Giant indeed!
great! keep playing all this wonderful jazz.
Well done ABC for remembering NAIDOC Week, and a Jazz connection. Our Indigenous folk can do anything, given half a chance.
Listeners might also like the new album Revolutions featuring keyboardist/composer Jim Beard with Vince Mendoza and the Metropole Orkest.
Exquisite and interesting, from start to finish
The entire soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film "Good Night and Good Luck" is terrific - the film itself is a wonderful tribute to Edward R Murrow and a bygone era of journalism as well as popular music.
What a fabulous cover.
Someone PLEASE change the track here, this is not doing jacam or this piece justice. Who's is that alto player? It's obviously NOT jake as he's conducting
Wow, what a concert, for those of us who were there!
Between the talent of these guys & the acoustics of the recital centre it was a very special night.
Good on you abc jazz for making this available!
Saw this concert live. So good to be able to hear it again and share it with friends! Thanks for this ABC JAZZ!
got a kinda "Nick Drake" feel ...
How do I buy this recording?
Glad you enjoyed the experience, thanks for your thoughtful writings. Looking forward to Stonnington Jazz 2011!
Its 2.28pm and I am listening to radio -ABC jazz on tv. I am just blown away by the announcer. She is intelligent listening. At first,having grown accustomed to listening to the "noise" and drama on commercial radio stations, thought she was over the hill and too boring - how wrong I was! She is incredible: clued up with the music,talented and intelligent- I am now sold to listening to the quality of her comments. Simply WOW!
Great music and lovely conversation.
I would like to hear more by John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, John Coltrane if not too much to ask. John McLaughlin is doing so much in innovations and would be lovely if your station could keep abreast of such progress in musical evolution.
Love your contribution.
Superb. One of my favourite late 20th century recordings. Thanks for this intimate experience.
I saw Ray Vega do a version of this with students from Elder Conservatorium a couple of years ago - they did a sterling job of fleshing out the unusual patterns and textures.
The city of Stonnington comes alive this May as it celebrates it's 5th year of the Stonnington Jazz Festival. With ten alluring days of sultry jazz performances by some of the most experienced in the business, and some up and coming fresh jives in between, this year's festival is promising to be an exciting and diverse musical indulgence for all. Whether you are an avid jazz listener, or just simply looking for a night of great live music, you will surely not be disappointed with the spectacular line-up in store.
From the cosy and intimate Red Bennies and Greek Deli Bar, to the Grand Ormond and Malvern Town Hall, there is a gig to suit all tastes in this cosmopolitan mecca of Melbourne. So just sit back, relax and be immersed by the sensual musical poetry that only Australian Jazz can bring to the senses!
Stonnington gets groovy
For 5 years the Stonnington Jazz Festival has lit up the city with world class talent. For a few days in late May soak yourself in sounds and styles, cool and smooth, hot and hard, soft and sexy.
Hear what’s happening, be it Joe Chindamo,’s fingers dancing ebony and ivory soundscapes from the Cohen Brothers films, Bernie McGann shoehorning rocking riffs from his altosax, Bob Sedergreen getting down with his septet and hooking up some vocal magic, James Morrisson doing his thang, the Pearly Shells Swing Orchestra sashaying big band swing, The Shuffle Club blending the blues and so much more, Ten Part Invention making things happen, Stonnington City Brass blowing you a touch of old dixie with a sweet taste of vocalist Beverley Sheehan, Alan Browne dealing out the beat, Vince Jones and friends, plus hot young artists Sam Anning, Raj Jayaweera and burgeoning jazz singers Nichaud Fitzgibbon and Sarah McKenzie and more besides.
So listen up May 20 to 30 at Ormond Hall, Malvern Town Hall, Chapel on Chapel, Red Bennies, Prahran Market, and The Greek Deli. There’s cool jazz, blowing your way…
Are the following tunes in the public domain: Swing 42, Swing Gitan, Minor Swing, Minor Blues, Djangology,
Latcho Drom, Swing 39
I listen to Dig Jazz on digital radio for hours , i am in love , more please
The normally suburban Stonnington will swing to the riffs of jazz musicians from around the world this April.
If you roam Chapel St after dark, you might be drawn by the sublime trumpet melodies of James Morrison, or the groovy tinkering of pianist Joe Chindamo.
Stepping into the venue, Allan Browne's smooth drum beats make your feet dance. And the music cuts through the rest of your week, drowning out life's little details, leaving the pure joy of jazz.
The majestic Malvern Town Hall is just the place to see the rise of young musicians like Julien Wilson and Sam Anning bringing an untainted and raw perspective on the old favourites.
Fingers will click, hips will swing, and tongues will wag, and as the night nears an end, you are already thinking of the next day's show.
You asked about increasing the quality of the signal on Digital TV. Sorry that's out of our hands. The ABC has a finite amount of Digital TV bandwidth and that's what they can spare for ABC Jazz. We are thankful they could squeeze us in.
Some of the tracks on this cd nearly came out about 15 years ago. The wait has been worthwhile. Since then, Warwick's style has only improved. The sensitivity of the cryptically titled p.449 is juxtaposed with the pyrotechnics of Chromania. This is a great album and demonstrates that Warwick is not just a brilliant trumpet player, but is also a composer of great merit. The ABC should give it maximum exposure!
The City of Stonnington has for the fifth year assembled a line-up of brilliant 100% Australian jazz for Stonnington Jazz 2010 Festival..
Hot on the heels of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival this festival continues to showcase premier Australian jazz musicians including James Morrison, Vince Jones, Joe Chindamo, Allan Browne, Ted Vining, Bernie McGann, Tony Gould, Graeme Lyall, David Jones, the Sedergreens and the Fitzgibbons.
The festival also showcases younger brilliant jazz talents including Julien Wilson, Sam Anning, Raj Jayaweera, Sarah McKenzie, Phil Stack, Zac Hurren and Mick Meagher.
The festival offers a superb variety of jazz for all jazz lovers at superb venues including the big concert style ambience of the Malvern Town Hall and the more initimate jazz club style ambience of Chapel off Chapel.
Awesome groove. I had to look it up when I heard it. Might have to go searching for the album too.
What a brilliant session with two fabulous artists who were so interesting to listen to. Great great playing from both of them.
Please can you restore the ABC Jazz sound quality on channel 201 so we regional listeners can continue to enjoy the high quality broadcast that you used to have.
Please Auntie - can you make Jazztrack available as a podcast so that I can listen on my ipod?
So Glad to see you're playing Herbie Nichols. And thanks for throwing our CD, Strange City in there too!
are you referring to abc jazz in general or the mal stanley program?the only jazz on the abc that i listen to is gerry kosters definitive "jazz up late" which i check out either live on friday night ( too late) or more often, on line
Loved all of it, looking out for the CD's but nothing like live music.
I'm listning now to the Dick Hughes interview with Andew Ford I'll always listen to Dick Hughes when I can find him on air.I like his styly of presentation & music.
How pretty! So nice to hear some uplifting music for a change - great work guys!
What a stunner!
This CD, once again, showcases the excellent talents of this fine group. With James behind the group, wearing his many musical hats, it's sheer musical bliss. A good rhythmical mix of styles and band combinations. Would love to see some liner notes.
Mike's contribution to Australian jazz is enormous!
Can't wait for his book.
– only a matter of time. I heartily agree with the above mentioned 'Roy'.
This is a beautifully mastered album. JR has really captivated my spirit with his artistic and creative abilities. The final track 'Chiba' especially...the melodies brought me into this state of peaceful contentment...10/10!
Well spoken brother James. Regards, W
It's about time Bob Barnard was recognized for the great musician he is.
He deserves an award.
I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry. Pure genius
missed the interview with Johnny McLaughlin - can I download it anywhere? - my Dad used to play his "JM - Guitart Player" album quite a lot when I was growing up - it had photos of JM as a boy on the cover....
this one is so beautiful