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Ingrid James and Alexis Tcholakian Trio: Trajectoire

Read "Trajectoire" reviewed by Barry O'Sullivan

Trajectorie is a collaboration between the French pianist composer Alexis Tcholakian and the Queensland based vocalist Ingrid James. Their paths crossed in France when she was performing in a jny: Paris jazz club when he approached her to write lyrics to some of his melodies as part of a vocal project with other singers in France. After completion of several songs together it felt right for them to do an album and in June 2014 Trajectorie was recorded in Paris. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Ingrid James: Trajectoire

Read "Trajectoire" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Australian vocalist and lyricist Ingrid James has collaborated with French pianist Alexis Tcholakian's trio for her fifth album, Trajectoire. The collaboration works well, creating a sophisticated collection of songs with depth and beauty. Tcholakian's trio--bassist Simon Teboul and drummer Thierry Tardieu--is augmented by additional musicians from time to time. Flute, guitar, flugelhorn and saxophone all add color and tonal variation to the songs, effective contributions in every case. James' slow, dreamlike, take on Jimmy Rowles and ...

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Don Rader Quintet: Odyssey

Read "Odyssey" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While listening recently to the album Voyage (SWR, 2006) by Don Menza with Germany's SWR Big Band, my ear was drawn to a marvelous flugelhorn solo on the ballad “Where Are You?" I glanced at the tray to see who was playing. It was Don Rader--and it was no surprise. Rader is one of those remarkably lyrical trumpeters--like Marvin Stamm, Bobby Shew, Bob Summers and a handful of others--who can burrow straight to the heart of almost any song and ...

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Ralph Pyl's Sydney All-Star Big Band: Pyldriver

Read "Pyldriver" reviewed by Jack Bowers

"It's hard to write liner notes for an album like this," Australian superstar James Morrison says about Pyldriver, the second recording by trumpeter Ralph Pyl's superlative Sydney All-Star Big Band. It's hard to review it too. Where does one begin--with the picturesque and persuasive charts, the precise and powerful ensemble work, the sharp and sinewy rhythm section, the energetic and eloquent solos--or all of the above? Whatever the starting point, the conclusion is the same--that this is not only Australia's ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Wilson Trio: Sorry, Pardon, What?

Read "Sorry, Pardon, What?" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

The core of Sorry, Pardon, What? is the three part suite that opens the disc. A palpable sense of movement persists through the sections. “Part 1" opens with a fanfare that recalls Ornette Coleman before it proceeds to sail along with a jittery momentum. The ominous drone of Ben Robertson's bowed bass heralds “Part 2," the most intriguing of the three parts. The track recalls the experience of acclimating oneself to an exotic new land. Saxophonist Tim Wilson plays a ...


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