Author John Clare

For fifty years John Clare has been predominantly freelance writing for most prestige Australian publications, as well as Town and Queen and other magazines in England. He has published four books and had poetry read on the ABC and BBC.

Jazz
The Dinner Sessions

Artist/s: Compilation with large number of musicians, band leaders and singers including Phil Slater (trumpet), Don Burrows, (clarinet), Kristin Berardi (vocalist), Julian Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Grabowsky (piano), Barnaby McCall (piano), Stephen Magnussen (guitar), James Morrison (trumpet), Phil Slater (trumpet), Judy Bailey, (piano), Craig Scott (double bass), Jonathan Zwartz (double bass), Tom Baker (tenor saxophone)...
Category: Jazz
Label: ABC Jazz 570 8195
Reviewed by

If you are due to relax and eat and drink with good friends I suggest you take this disc along. If you are young, however, you may find yourself standing perfectly still.

Jazz
In Good Company. Don Burrows | James Morrison. Two discs.

Artist/s: THE EARLY YEARS. Don Burrows (clarinet), James Morrison( trumpet), George Golla (guitar), Craig Scott (double bass), Tony Ansell (piano), Allan Turnbull (drums). Recorded at Rothbury Estate, Pokolbin, 1983. Then Don Burrows (clarinet), Geoge Golla, (guitar), Craig Scott (guitar), David Jones (drums), Sydney Opera House, 1985. Australian Jazz Orchestra, Brisbane, 1988 and other ensembles. IN GOOD COMPANY. Don Burrows (alto flute/clarinet/alto saxophone), Morrison (trombone/bass trumpet/trumpet), Phil Stack (acoustic bass) and a range of excellent ensembles.
Category: Jazz
Label: 2 CDs. ABC Jazz 476 0729
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Burrows and Morrison: a retrospective on a great jazz partnership

Jazz
The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke

Artist/s: The Vampires. Jeremy Rose (alto and tenor sax and bass clarinet), Nick Garbett (trumpet), Lionel Loueke (acoustic and electric guitars and vocals), Jonathan Zwartz (bass), Danny Fischer (drums), Alex Masso (drums, cojon, bongos, pandeiro, wood block, cowbells, shakers)
Category: Jazz
Label: Earshift 017
www.earshift.com www.thevampires.com.au
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“This disc is highly recommended, and should start your Vampires collection.”

Jazz
Keep an Eye on Spring. Olivia Chindamo

Artist/s: Olivia Chindamo (vocals), with Hue Blanes (piano), Phil Rex (bass), Same Bates (drums), Ross Irwin (trumpet), Phil Noy (sax) plus guests Graeme Lyall (sax), Ben Edgar (guitar), James Macauley (trombone)
Category: Jazz
Label: Self-release
www.oliviachindamo.com
Reviewed by

“The power of Olivia Chindamo’s vocal performances is achieved not with extreme volume but with exhilarating speed, intricacy, tone and sensuality.”

Jazz
The Child Ballads

Artist/s: Andrew Robson (saxophones/composer), Mara Kiek (vocal and tapan), Lew Kiek (guitar), Steve Elphick (double bass)
Category: Jazz
Label: Lamplight Records 2815
Reviewed by

“Deep immersion in the lyricism and raw emotion of the British ballad.”

Jazz
The Differences

Artist/s: Gian Slater (vocals), Jamie Oehlers {tenor saxophone), Paul Grabowsky (piano), Ben Robertson (bass), Dave Beck (drums). Most tracks written by Slater.
Category: Jazz
Label: Self-release.
www.gianslater.com
Reviewed by

“Smooth sublimity of a deep and moving ensemble: are these the days of miracles and wonders?”

Jazz
Townie Ramble On

Artist/s: The Cope Street Parade. Justin Fermino (alto and tenor saxophone and voice), Ben Panucci (guitar and voice), Samuel Dobson (double bass and voice), Meklit Kibret (voice), Peter Horsfell (voice and trumpet), Brian Campeau (voice).
Category: Jazz
Label: Cope Street Parade YYTH 029
www.thecopestreetparade.com
Reviewed by

“Youthful, soulful & funny revivalism: Sydney Chapter.” It should come as no surprise that it was Louis Armstrong who drew me toward jazz music. Yet, by the 1940s he had become a universal pop star, singing and playing anything his…

Jazz
Cloud Appreciation Day

Artist/s: Matthew Sheens (piano), Gian Slater - Lauren Roth - Aubrey Johnson - Tomas Cruz - David Lang (voice), Alex Goodman (guitar); Alex Boneham and John Patitucci (bass), Tim Firth and Kenneth Salters (drums)
Category: Jazz
Label: Recorded in Sydney and New York. QFTF Berlin/Eisenbach.
Reviewed by

“In polyrhythmic praise of clouds: dynamic and stormy, subtle and scarcely there. Modern baroque in essence.”

Big Band
Iron in the Blood. A Musical Adaptation of Robert Hughes’ “The Fatal Shore”

Artist/s: Composed by Jeremy Rose. Jeremy Rose and the Earshift Orchestra. Featuring Philip Quast and William Zappa. Complete list at the foot of the review.
Category: Big Band, Jazz, Music, Narrative
Label: ABC Jazz 479 6387
Reviewed by

“Jeremy Rose has incorporated some of Hughes’s best prose – well read by Quast and Zappa – and a few convict songs, into a long, dramatic, foreboding and sometimes dissonant and chilling series of brilliantly orchestrated fragments and longer themes played by The Earshift Orchestra.”

Jazz
Not My Lover

Artist/s: Chris Cody (piano) with Karl Laskowski (tenor sax), Brendan Clarke (bass), James Waples (drums)
Category: Jazz
Label: Wave Music WAVE15001
Reviewed by

“Solid pleasure and thoughts of a disputed city.”

Jazz
Miniature

Artist/s: Casey Golden (piano, keyboards and music box), Bill Williams (bass), Ed Rodriguez(drums and percussion), plus guest Daniel Walsh (guitar).
Category: Jazz
Label: EP, Self-release.
www.caseygolden.com
Reviewed by

“Rewards of the piano trio plus supplementaries (not forgetting tensions and resolutions).”

Improvisation
Avocado

Artist/s: Peter, Farrar, alto saxophone; Dale Gorfinkel, miscellaneous instruments; Staunch Nation and Disco 4, electronic sound sources
Category: Improvisation
Label: Splitrec
www.splitrec.com
Reviewed by

Farrar’s eruptive outpourings of clean angles and nasty tones in brilliant patterns or cubistically organised disarray are startling and often thrilling.

Jazz
Spiel

Artist/s: Paul Grabowsky, piano; Nicko Schauble, drums
Category: Jazz
Label: Jazzhead HEAD 209
Reviewed by

“In this pairing of Grabowsky and Schauble, the traditional is made new and the fresh is always fresh.”

Electronic Music
History Goes Everywhere

Artist/s: The Australysis Electroband. Roger Dean, leader, piano, computer; Sandy Evans, saxophones; Greg White, computer; with Hazel Smith, text, performer, the Blue Bus
Category: Electronic Music, Improvisation, Jazz
Label: Tall Poppies TP234
Reviewed by

“Modernist Manchester project pursued way Down Under.” This is modernist music and then some, related in places to jazz and in others to Schoenberg et al, and post-serial music. I love it. Not everyone will but that’s okay by me,…

Jazz
Artefact

Artist/s: Jeremy Sawkins Organ Quartet. Jeremy Sawkins, guitars; Darren Heinrich, organ; Spike Mason, saxophones; Toby Hall, drums
Category: Jazz
Label: Commissioned for ABC Jazz Digital Radio
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The mystical span of the electric guitar; the funk and dance of the electric acoustic. It is no news that the modern electric guitar is capable of textural blitzes of feedback and a whole range of distortion effects. It is…

Jazz
The Cool School of the 1950s. The beginning of modern jazz in Australia

Artist/s: Australian Jazz Quintet, and bands led by Michael Walker, Bruce Clarke, Jack Brokensha, Lindsay Copeland, Clare Bail, Eddie Oxley, Brian Brown, Mike Nock
Category: Jazz
Label: 2 CDs, Australian Jazz Museum AJM 034. Rare Collectable Jazz
www.ajm.org.au
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Curious and intriguing pages of modern jazz Down Under There is at least one oddity regarding early Australian modern jazz. Historically it seems to be back to front. In America the first jazz called “modern” (Don Burrows once sensibly pointed…

Jazz
Alister Spence Trio: Live

Artist/s: Alister Spence, piano, samples, music box; Lloyd Swanton, double bass; Toby Hall, drums, glockenspiel
Category: Jazz
Label: Self-release
www.alisterspence.com
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Since I began listening to the contemporary end of jazz, or what was the contemporary end then – in the early 1950s that was – I have heard many breakaways from forms and styles that had in themselves been breakaways.…

Jazz
David Ades: A Life in a Day

Artist/s: David Ades, alto saxophone; Tony Malaby, tenor and soprano saxophones; Mark Helias, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums
Category: Jazz
Label: Lionsharecords LSD20153
Reviewed by

You may have gathered that over the past couple of years a group of highly important Australian musicians have died. As they all played predominately in the area of jazz, the presumption might be made that drug overdoses or drunken…

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