Author Joseph Cummins

Joseph Cummins is a musician and academic based in Sydney. He has published articles on Australian music, literature, and culture, and is currently completing a doctoral project in this field. He also leads the band 'Lines of Flight', and performs with many other jazz/world/noise groups around Sydney.

Choral Music
Clarion/Whisper

Artist/s: Gian Slater and Invenio: Gian Slater (composer and director), Miriam Crellin, Georgie Darvidis, Gemma Tully, Bronwyn Hicks, Natalie Carolan, Lisa Salvo, Loni Thompson, Audur Zoega, Louisa Rankin, Jeremy Hopkins, Jem Savage, Tilman Robinson, Ed Fairlie, Sam Young, Ben Harrison, and Ben Taylor.
Category: Choral Music, Jazz, Pop
Label: Invenio Music (inv001)
www.inveniosingers.com
Reviewed by

“Gian Slater and Invenio’s second album is a lighter, more lyrically-focused collection of eight compositions.”

Choral Music
Gone, Without Saying

Artist/s: Gian Slater and Invenio: Jenny Barnes, Tom Barton, Helen Catanchin, Hailey Cramer, Miriam Crellin, Georgie Darvidis, Edward Fairlie, Bronwyn Hicks, Kate Kelsey-Sugg, Louisa Rankin, Damian Slingsby, Loni Thompson, Auour Zoega
Category: Choral Music, Jazz
Label: listen/hear collective (LHC013)
www.listenhearcollective.com
Reviewed by

“Vocalist and composer Gian Slater and her ensemble Invenio’s first album ‘Gone, Without Saying’ is a vocal delight.”

Jazz
Way Out West.

Artist/s: Way Out West. Peter Knight (trumpet and laptop electronics and organ), Satsuki Odamura (koto and bass koto), Ray Pereira (percussion), Lucas Michailidis (guitar and balafon), Paul Williamson (saxophones), Rajiv Jayaweera (drums), Howard Cairns (double bass and concertina), Kanchana Karunaratna (Kandyan drum)
Category: Jazz
Label: Jazzhead HEAD224
www.jazzhead.com/peterknight-wow
Reviewed by

One of Melbourne’s most unique jazz ensembles.

Contemporary
Feelin’ Kinda Free

Artist/s: The Drones
Category: Contemporary, Rock
Label: TFS Records
Reviewed by

“A major expansion of the sonic palette for The Drones.” The inclusion of synths, drum machines and more studio-treatment than any other Drones recording has intensified what has always been essential to this band. Enveloping memorable verse/choruses and lyrics delivered…

Improvisation
Fluid to the Influence

Artist/s: Chris Abrahams, piano, organ, synthesizers
Category: Improvisation
Label: Room 40 (RM464)
Reviewed by

“One of Australia’s most distinctive improvisational voices has created another finely woven and memorable collection.” But don’t automatically expect this music to be defined by meditative, shimmering beauty. Then again, it depends how you define ‘beauty’. Perhaps this idea, the…

Jazz
Amoroso

Artist/s: Grey Wing Trio. Luke Sweeting on piano, Ken Allars on trumpet, and Finn Ryan on drums
Category: Jazz
Label: Jazzhead HEAD 217
lukesweeting.bandcamp.com
Reviewed by

Sydney’s Grey Wing Trio present music that is seamlessly free-flowing, super-melodic, and harmonically engaging. Amoroso is, above all, infused with adventure, joy, and tenderness. With Luke Sweeting on piano, Ken Allars on trumpet, and Finn Ryan on drums, Grey Wing…

Contemporary
Sheltering Sky

Artist/s: Drowning Horse. Kim McConchie on vocals and noise, James Wills on drums, Brendan McGrath and Michael Larkins on guitars and Robin Mander on bass
Category: Contemporary, Metal
Label: Art as Catharsis
horsedrowning.bandcamp.com
Reviewed by

Perth doom/sludge/blackened drone band Drowning Horse offer darkly shimmering, grim sublime-scapes for a post-apocalyptic world. Featuring Kim McConchie on vocals and noise, James Wills on drums, Brendan McGrath and Michael Larkins on guitars and Robin Mander on bass, Drowning Horse’s…

Jazz
The Migration

Artist/s: Stu Hunter (piano) with Cameron Undy (acoustic and electric bass), Simon Barker (drums and percussion), Carl Dewhurst (guitars), Matt Keegan (tenor and baritone sax, alto clarinet), Julien Wilson (tenor sax, bass clarinet, clarinet), James Greening (trombone, pocket trumpet, tuba), Phil Slater (trumpet) and vocalists Katie Noonan (on Twelve Stages of Freedom) and Tina Harrod
Category: Jazz
Label: Habitat (habitat1601)
stuthehunter.com
Reviewed by

A luxurious, various and vital opus from Sydney pianist Stu Hunter. Featuring performances from the best of Australian jazz – Cameron Undy (acoustic and electric bass), Simon Barker (drums and percussion), Carl Dewhurst (guitars), Matt Keegan (tenor and baritone sax,…

Improvisation
Begin

Artist/s: Alister Spence, Joe Williamson and Christopher Cantillo
Category: Improvisation, Jazz
Label: Alister Spence Music (ASM003)
alisterspence.com
Reviewed by

This is the first release from the new trio of Australian pianist Alister Spence, Canadian bassist Joe Williamson and Swedish drummer Christopher Cantillo. Meeting at the crossroads of jazz and free improvisation, the musical sympathy and connection between Spence, Williamson…

Contemporary
Severe

Artist/s: My Disco. Liam Andrews, bass and vocals; Benjamin Andrews, guitar; Rohan Rebeiro, drums
Category: Contemporary, Punk
Label: Temporary Residence
http://mydisco.com.au
Reviewed by

Severe is formed in the space where explosive streams of percussion and sublime clouds of noise converge. I don’t think I’ve ever been so struck by the level of focus that emanates from the fourth album by Melbourne trio My…

Jazz
Mutiny Music

Artist/s: Baecastuff
Category: Jazz
Label: Self-release
www.mutinymusic.org
Reviewed by

Mutiny Music is a journey across the Pacific. The album retells the linked histories of two islands, Pitcairn and Norfolk, while making a close study of musical and cultural fusion. There’s a number of ways of engaging with Mutiny Music.…

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