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Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band: Tell It Like It Is

Read "Tell It Like It Is" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Australian pianist Mark Isaacs has been recording forward-thinking progressive jazz for the past 25 years. His new millennium recordings have garnered popular response, including Closer (Naxos, 2000), Keeping the Standards (Vorticity Music, 2003), Visions (Vorticity Music, 2006), and Resurgence (ABC, 2007). During the last decade, Isaacs has been approaching a new assertive sound that unifies the ...

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Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band: Tell It Like It Is

Read "Tell It Like It Is" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes it's better to work on home turf, with familiar musicians. Mark Isaacs' studio disc, Resurgence (ABC Jazz, 2007), paired the Australian pianist and guitarist James Muller--another Australian talent deserving of far greater attention--with American heavy hitters including drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Jay Anderson and saxophonist Bob Sheppard. But as fine as the relative miniatures of ...

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Bennetts Lane Big Band: The Snip

Read "The Snip" reviewed by Barry O'Sullivan

This big band emerged in 2002 when eleven of Australia's finest jazz musicians came together as the Bennett's Lane Big Band. It was conceived as a vehicle for the performance of new works traversing the fields of improvised and composed music. Since its inception the band has played at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and The ...

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The Idea of North: Live at The Powerhouse

Read "Live at The Powerhouse" reviewed by Barry O'Sullivan

Like the great vocal groups that have preceded them such as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, The Swingle Singers and The Manhattan Transfer, The Idea of North has learned from the best and taken the art form to new levels with its Live at The Brisbane Powerhouse CD/DVD combo.



This vocal ...

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Mark Isaacs: Resurgence

Read "Resurgence" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Australian pianist and composer Mark Isaacs has done more than most any other jazz musician to seal the fault line between serious modern jazz improvisation and “contemporary jazz or “adult oriented jazz. I tend to classify the former as the jazz father's and earlier genre traditionalists (bebop, hard bop, modal) and the latter as well-behaved, unobtrusive ...

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Mark Isaacs: Resurgence

Read "Resurgence" reviewed by John Kelman

After two albums exploring jazz standards and popular contemporary music--Keeping the Standards (Vorticity, 2004) and --Visions (Vorticity, 2006)--Australian pianist Mark Isaacs returns to original composition on Resurgence. A fixture on the Sydney scene, Isaacs has recruited his dream band for a strong program of contemporary mainstream jazz..

Isaac's American compatriots--bassist Jay Anderson, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and, ...

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Ten Part Invention: Live at Wangaratta

Read "Live at Wangaratta" reviewed by Jack Bowers

"Bittersweet, according to Webster, is anything that is “pleasant yet painful. And that is an apt description of Live at Wangaratta,, taped at the Jazz Festival bearing that name by the east Australian ensemble Ten Part Invention during a concert on the last day of October, 1999. All of the music for the occasion was written ...

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The Andrea Keller Quartet: Angels and Rascals

Read "Angels and Rascals" reviewed by Bev Stapleton

British blues enthusiasts often reflect on how, in the '50s and early '60s, they chanced upon what seemed like music from another planet. Tracks heard on crackly US service radio frequencies, or the acquisition of the occasional record brought in by a merchant seaman uncle, opened up worlds of sound that bore no relation to what ...

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Mike Nock's Bigsmallband: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Kelman

With relatively few recordings as a leader over a career that is now in its fifth decade, any new release from New Zealand pianist Mike Nock is an event. After living in the US for twenty years where, amongst other things, he was a member of the early fusion group Fourth Way, Nock returned to Australia. ...