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Album Review

Trio Kleine Ahnung: Laniakea

Read "Laniakea" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Berlin-based guitarist Carl Morgan gets together with his Australian compatriots Rajiv Jayaweera on drums and Sam Anning on bass for a date packed with Indie-rock infused compositions that live off of the trio's jazzy interplay and modern soundscapes. Between Morgan's modern guitar slurs and the rhythm section's minimalist approach to accompaniment, this record is imbued with a unique tone and finds the musicians in their own ethereal space. In sound and vocabulary, Morgan's guitar playing on “Datameta" brings ...

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Album Review

Sam Gill's Coursed Waters: Many Altered Returns

Read "Many Altered Returns" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Sam Gill is an alto saxophonist from Sydney, Australia who on this release with his quartet, Coursed Waters, plows a similar musical furrow as Tim Berne. His group plays an interesting blend of involved written-music and free improvisation with an elastic sense of volume and tempo. The CD's opening track, “Nodap," starts with a climbing, angular melody that alternates between lively and mournful moods and turns into a cauldron of potent improvised rumbling that spotlights the cohesiveness between ...

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Album Review

Phil Slater: The Dark Pattern

Read "The Dark Pattern" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Australian trumpeter and composer Phil Slater has performed with a variety of renowned artists across the globe and stands as one of the most influential jazz musicians his country has to offer. Next to recording and performing with big names such as Lou Reed, Nigel Kennedy or Missy Higgins among others, the award-winning trumpeter leads and co-leads several bands, including the Phil Slater Quartet and Band of Five Names. On The Dark Pattern he is joined by fellow countrymen Matt ...

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Album Review

Franklin: Amen

Read "Amen" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


On Joseph Franklin's sophomore effort Amen, the Australian bassist and composer delivers an intricate web of patterns which he creates in interplay with fellow compatriot Marc Hannaford's ominous piano stabs and Satoshi Takeishi's experimental and highly dynamic drum work. Each composition goes through different stages--from dark and menacing to silver and dreamy-- from slowly pulsating, almost stagnant to driven and lively. Recorded at the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, the trio lays out compositions that seamlessly glide between the composed and ...

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Album Review

The Vampires: Pacifica

Read "Pacifica" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


While The Vampires' last venture The Vampires meet Lionel Loueke (earshift music, 2017) saw the Australian quartet collaborating with Beninese guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke in a run of colorfully diverse tunes and extensive structures, their newest one finds them dialing things back to a simpler nature, yet equally expressive soundscapes. One of the main things that manifests itself straight from the start is the powerfully upfront and modern production. Loud claps and compressed snare bumps, matched by continuous ...


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