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Trumpeter Eamon Dilworth's Australian / New Zealand Album Launch Tour Runs From July 26th to August 3rd

Trumpeter Eamon Dilworth's Australian / New Zealand Album Launch Tour Runs From July 26th to August 3rd

Sydney trumpeter Eamon Dilworth (Tijuana Cartel, Ed Kuepper, Low Down Riders) is touring his latest Jazz album Viata across Australia & New Zealand July 26th-August 3rd with Alister Spence & Paul Derricott. Special guests in each city will include Julien Wilson, James Muller & Roger Manins. Eamon is best known for his previous albums with The ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

J Hunter's 2013 Top 10 Countdown

Read "J Hunter's 2013 Top 10 Countdown" reviewed by J Hunter

"Tis the season to do countdowns Fa la la la lahhh, la lahh lahh lahhhhhhh..."

Okay, okay, not one of the most original openings ever written. But don't worry: There's plenty of originality to be had on the ten bundles of fabulousness listed below: 10... Etienne Charles
Creole Soul
(Culture Shock Music) ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Linda Oh: Sun Pictures

Read "Sun Pictures" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Linda Oh arrived onto the jazz scene as a fully accomplished improviser with her introspective and free-flowing debut, Entry (Self Produced, 2010). On the follow-up, Initial Here(Greenleaf, 2012), she expanded her range, drawing upon both the western classical repertoire and eastern folk tradition, as well as experimenting with electric fusion-informed sounds. Oh's understated yet highly sophisticated ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Tim Nikolsky: Australian Jazz Real Book

Read "Tim Nikolsky: Australian Jazz Real Book" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Australian Jazz Real Book

Tim Nikolsky

662 pages

ISBN: 979-­0-­9009613-­5-­8

Australian Jazz Real Book

2013

It's been five years in the making, but finally, Melbourne guitarist Tim Nikolsky's one-man crusade to assemble an Australian Jazz Real Book has succeeded. In fact, as Nikolsky related ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trichotomy: Fact Finding Mission

Read "Fact Finding Mission" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

So what is a “Fact Finding Mission"? It might be a pretty dull trip to gather data; it may be a euphemism for something a little more sordid. If it's being undertaken by Australian piano trio Trichotomy, then it's a whole heap of musical fun, for this particular Fact Finding Mission is the band's fifth album: ...

Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The last artistic musical movement in jazz to be given a meaningful name was the post-bop movement. Arising out of the mid-1960s as a unifying response to hard bop, modal, the avant-garde and free jazz, post-bop has fairly well dominated the most creative jazz made in the last 30 years. If post-bop has a ground zero, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Isaacs: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by John Kelman

As Tell It Like It Is (ABC Jazz, 2009), amply proved, sometimes it's better to work with local musicians who, through regular touring, establish a singular collective voice. That's not to say Resurgence (ABC Jazz, 2007) was bad--it's hard to imagine anything with bassist Jay Anderson, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and saxophonist Bob Sheppard as lacking in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

James Muller: Kaboom

Read "Kaboom" reviewed by John Kelman

Geography is the only reason that James Muller isn't as well-known as he should be. Having spent most of his life in his native Australia, the guitarist, now in his early thirties, has racked up a significant number of releases including Sonic Fiction's Changing With the Times, pianist Mark Isaac's Closer and the recent JazzGroove Mothership ...