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Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra: Dream Wheel: Live at the Sound Lounge 2006 with Florian Ross

Read "Dream Wheel: Live at the Sound Lounge 2006 with Florian Ross" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Australia's Jazzgroove Association has been at the forefront in promoting the country's jazz scene for some time. The Association, along with the Australian Arts Council and band member/co-producer, altoist David Theak, join forces to present Dream Wheel, a hard-driving big band project from the sixteen-piece Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. Recorded live at the Sound Lounge in Sydney, the band produces a modern contemporary jazz sound anchored by sophisticated and challenging big band arrangements.

The album is essentially a collaborative ...

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Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra: Dream Wheel: Live at the Sound Lounge 2006 with Florian Ross

Read "Dream Wheel: Live at the Sound Lounge 2006 with Florian Ross" reviewed by John Kelman

In jazz, there's rarely pressure to make the next album bigger than the last. There can often, however, be a self-imposed drive to make it different. Sydney, Australia's Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra--the flagship of its Jazzgroove Association, a musicians' collective that's been cultivating a strong jazz scene there for a decade--released one of 2006's best big band records, The Mothership Plays the Music of Mike Nock (Jazzgroove Records). On Dream Wheel, the Mothership collaborates with a younger and, consequently, less-proven but ...

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Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra: The Mothership Plays the Music of Mike Nock

Read "The Mothership Plays the Music of Mike Nock" reviewed by John Kelman

Since returning to Australia, where he's led an active life as an educator, writer and performer, Mike Nock has become one of the area's most prominent and influential pianists. It's a shame that he's such a well-kept secret internationally, though, because during the quarter-century that he spent in the US prior to 1985, Nock forged new territory with the seminal fusion band The Fourth Way and released a number of outstanding albums, notably In Out and Around (Timeless, 1978), featuring ...


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