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This Australian jazz-fusion trio creates quite a bit of music magic via a relatively simple framework. Marked by a repetitive passage that sways in and out of the overall proceedings for the better part of sixty-minutes, the musicians embroider a cavalcade of trance grooves amid drummer, Tony Buck’s peppery beats. Thus, jazzy riffs coalesce with Miles’ “In A Silent Way” style imagery as illusory patterns ride above the rhythm section’s pumping motifs. Keyboardist, Chris Abrahams’ steers the production with his often-oscillating Fender Rhodes work, and resonant EFX-based treatments.
On this release, Abrahams communicates a memorably melodic, lower register single note progression, along with a few discreet twists, turns, and minor alterations. However, they effectively intimate notions of bliss and abandonment in concert with an altogether blithe spirit. Sort of like putting the car in cruise control as you, traverse through a barren yet unusually beautiful desert highway. But part of the trio’s success resides within the way they rarely overstate a theme, while the ubiquitous ostinato serves as the undercurrent for a wealth of enchanting soundscapes. Simply stated, Hanging Gardens is an engrossing affair! Strongly recommended.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.