Author Gavin Franklin

Gavin Franklin is a jazz pianist and educator who is currently a teacher in the Generations In Jazz Academy at Mt Gambier, S.A. He has written a treatise on the recorded improvisations of the American trumpeter, Woody Shaw.

Jazz
Everybody Loves Somebody

Artist/s: Monique di Mattina. Monique di Mattina (vocals and piano), Eamon McNelis (trumpet), Paul Williamson (tenor sax and clarinet), Andrew Hammon (trombone), James Sherlock (guitar), Howard Cairns (bass), Andrew Swann and Marty Brown (drums and percussion)
Category: Jazz
Label: Jazzhead HEAD214
Reviewed by

“This is a CD that contains a mixture of old and new songs with an old-fashioned vibe.”

A cappella
Ballads. The Idea of North

Artist/s: The Idea of North. Sally Cameron, Naomi Crellin, Nick Begbie, Andrew Piper
Category: A cappella, Jazz
Label: ABC Jazz 478 2695
Reviewed by

“In Naomi Crellin’s arrangements, the voices combine so well that, after hearing them, it is difficult to imagine the songs presented in any other way.”

Electronica
Nitty Gritty

Artist/s: Tim Rollinson (guitar/banjo), Alexander Hewetson (bass), Shannon Stitt (Hammond organ/Wurlitzer electric piano/Rhodes electric piano/synths), Nic Cecire (drums/percussion)
Category: Electronica, Jazz, Music, Soul, World
Label: Mixed-Up Music 001
Reviewed by

“Sydney guitarist Tim Rollinson has assembled a quartet to record some of his original compositions. Rollinson refers to them as being in the style of ‘soul jazz’ with elements of electronica and world music.”

Electronic Music
Ben Gurton – Prelude to a Scene

Artist/s: Ben Gurton (trombone), Julian Gough (tenor saxophone), Brendan St Ledger (piano), Brendan Clarke (bass), Hamish Stuart (drums)
Category: Electronic Music, Jazz
Label: MIR Creation MIR0001
www.mircreation.com
Reviewed by

“The title of this CD provides a strong clue to the music played on it. Although not a ‘sound-track’, most of the compositions have associations with visual or dramatic images.”

Jazz
Kenny Werner. Monash Sessions

Artist/s: Kenny Werner (piano), Paul Williamson (trumpet), Jordan Murray (trombone), Monash University jazz ensembles
Category: Jazz
Label: Jazzhead HEAD 213
Reviewed by

“In 2014, American pianist and educator Kenny Werner spent time working with Jazz staff and students at Melbourne’s Monash University as part of the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music’s artist-in-residence program. This CD is a product of that interaction.”

Jazz
Just As You Are

Artist/s: The Kristin Berardi Band. Kristin Berardi (voice), Greg Coffin (piano), Carl Morgan (guitar), Brett Hirst (bass), Tim Firth (drums).
Category: Jazz
Label: Planet/MGM
Reviewed by

The Kristin Berardi Band is a group of outstanding Australian jazz musicians that here performs nine of the singer-leader’s original songs as well as innovative versions of two well-known standards

Big Band
The Last Sanctuary

“The Last Sanctuary is the debut album recorded by a big band assembled especially to play the original compositions and arrangements of its director/leader, James Mustafa. The band’s personnel are among the finest players of their respective instruments that might…

Jazz
Two-Out

Artist/s: Mike Nock, piano; Roger Manins, tenor saxophone
Category: Jazz
Label: FWM Records 005
Reviewed by

Two of the finest jazzmen from the ‘Shaky Isles’ play jazz interpretations of popular tunes from the first half of the twentieth century. It is work whose beauty rivals that of the Tony Bennett/Bill Charlap award-winner from last year. This…

Jazz
Kristin Berardi: Where or When

Artist/s: Kristin Berardi, vocals, with Steve Newcomb piano, James Sherlock guitar, Julien Wilson tenor saxophone, Sam Anning bass.
Category: Jazz
Label: ABC Jazz 475 9263
Reviewed by

All four members of this ensemble have earned a great many individual accolades for their work in Australian jazz. They are undoubtedly recognized as fine performers in their respective fields. The opening title track, Where or When is a highlight.…

Jazz
Live at Bennett’s Lane

Artist/s: Casey Golden Trio
Category: Jazz
Label: Scrampion Records 2015
Reviewed by

The ethos of this ensemble is established from the opening drumming introduction to the tune entitled The 16th Hour. The composition proper is a rhythmic study of considerable collective complexity as threes overlay fours. The whole seems to be resolved…

Jazz
Hetty Kate: Dim All the Lights. Vintage Love Songs of Peggy Lee, June Christy and Julie London

Artist/s: Hettie Kate, voice, with Sam Keevers, piano; Ben Robertson, bass; James Sherlock, guitar; Danny Farrugia, drums.
Category: Jazz
Label: ABC Jazz 378 2335
Reviewed by

This CD features nine classics from the Great American Songbook, sung by a young woman from Melbourne whose voice possesses a purity of tone that is perfect for the chosen material. Combining this timbral quality with a sense of phrasing…

Jazz
Live at PBSFM 1981

Artist/s: Ted Vining Trio
Category: Jazz
Label: Newmarket3314.2
Reviewed by

The Ted Vining Trio, consisting of Vining on drums, Bob Sedergreen piano and Barry Buckley on bass, was three-quarters of the quartet that made me excited about ‘free’ jazz in 1977. I heard about the Brian Brown Quartet while I…

Jazz
To Sail, To Sing

Artist/s: Nat Bartsch Trio
Category: Jazz
Label: Self-release NBT001
Reviewed by

‘What about the serenity?!’ Darryl Kerrigan’s enthusiasm for tranquility came to mind while I was listening to this disc. Pianist/leader Nat Bartsch drops notes of melody into the silence like drops of water onto the calm surface of a pond.…

Jazz
Suite SIMA

Artist/s: Mike Nock Octet
Category: Jazz
Label: FWM Records004
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Sydney Improvised Music Association has fostered contemporary Australian jazz in that city for thirty years. Every member of the Mike Nock Octet has benefited from and taken part in the association’s activities. Although the individual horn players are each given…

Jazz
Words

Artist/s: Collider
Category: Jazz
Label: House of POW and Fatrain Music
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This is music without category, yet undeniably music. I would love to hear this material performed live. Its deliberate literary references place it in the category of performance poetry equally with music – these are poems without words. But why…

Jazz
Backblocks

Artist/s: Sam Bates, with Marc Hannaford, Philip Rex
Category: Jazz
Label: Newmarket NEW3334.2
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This offering is issued under the name of Sam Bates, the composer of all seven compositions recorded. It is, however, the result of very equal participation by the members of a trio consisting of Bates on drums, Marc Hannaford on…

Cuban
The Mango Balloon, Volume 3

What a creative mind is that of guitarist-composer Julian Curwin. A stripped–back version of the group entitled The Tango Saloon, The Mango Balloon plays Curwin’s haunting pieces with disarming directness. The music is unpretentious, consisting of appealing melodies drifting over…

Jazz
Connect Four

Artist/s: Duets: Paul Williamson, trumpet with each of', Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould, Andrea Keller, Marc Hannaford, pianists
Category: Jazz
Label: Jazzhead HEAD190
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Over several centuries, the trumpet has developed a reputation as one of the most “macho” instruments in the orchestra. If brashness and aggression are called for, the trumpet is never too far from the frontline. In certain jazz circles, a…

Jazz
Just Enough

Artist/s: Tom Vincent Morphic Resonance Project
Category: Jazz
Label: Lumbini House
http://www.tomvincent.com.au/music
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 Morphic is usually a word element (suffix) added to an adjective such as in ‘anthropomorphic’. As well, the term morph has assumed the function of a verb in contemporary usage, particularly to indicate some kind of radical change. I mention…

Jazz
Weaver of Dreams

Artist/s: The Andrew Dickeson Quintet
Category: Jazz
Label: Rufus Records RF097
Reviewed by

The drummer of this quintet is well known around the Sydney and wider jazz world, but this is his first release as a bandleader. He has assembled a group of very well-credentialed contemporary musicians including Roger Manins (tenor sax), Eamon…

Jazz
Springs, for all the Winters

Artist/s: Nat Bartsch Trio
Category: Jazz
Label: Rufus Records RF110
Reviewed by

When this CD was released in 2010, the Nat Bartsch Trio (NBT) consisted of the pianist (Bartsch), Josh Holt was the bassist and Leigh Fisher played drums. The music was very tastefully improvised. Taste and subtlety are paramount throughout, however…

Jazz
Yellow Sticker

Artist/s: Tal Cohen
Category: Jazz
Label: Self release
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The quartet on this recording consists of Tal Cohen (piano), Jamie Oehlers (tenor saxophone), Pete Jeavons (double bass) and Chris Tarr (drums). Since its release in 2011 it has received acclaim from reputable sources in the jazz community. Cohen has…