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Chris Abrahams Chris was born in Oamaru, New Zealand but grew up in Sydney. He became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties playing with modern jazz groups including Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers and The Keys Music Orchestra. With Lloyd he formed the 60’s modern jazz-influenced The Benders in 1982. The band broke up in 1985 after having released three albums - “E”, “False Laughter” and “Distance”. In 1984 Chris recorded and released his first solo piano album - “Piano”, followed in 1986 by "Walk". In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers

Three

Label: Northern Spy Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bloom; Lovelock; Further.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hailu Mergia: Yene Mircha

Read "Yene Mircha" reviewed by Chris May

While Mulatu Astatke is the musician most widely associated with the creation of Ethio-jazz, fellow keyboardist Hailu Mergia is among other significant figures. Astatke is best known overseas because he was the most outward looking of Ethio-jazz's first generation, studying at London's Trinity College of Music and Boston's Berklee College of Music and making his first ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Necks Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "The Necks Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Endlessly fascinating, hypnotic improvisations on piano, double bass and percussion by The Necks, the Australian trio that achieved a world wide cult status.The Australian trio The Necks plays slowly unfolding, hypnotic improvisations that touch on all kinds of music, from Western minimalism to African trance and from to ambient to contemporary electronic music. Every ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dorothy & George Jacob: Putting Bray On The Jazz Map

Read "Dorothy & George Jacob: Putting Bray On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Twenty years is old for a car and really old for a dog, but in jazz festival terms twenty years is perhaps not so long in the tooth. For a jazz festival twenty years means established, with the major storms of the early years weathered, a brand that people recognize and a heap of good will ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine/Kombank Dvorana Belgrade, Serbia October 25-29, 2018 The 34th edition of the Belgrade Jazz Festival maintained its exciting strategy of diverse programming, from Kurt Elling to The Thing, Marc Ribot to Bobby Shew, Cortex down to The Necks. That's already an enticing blend of ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Read "Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed" reviewed by John Kelman

The consequences of change in the music industry have been predicted for some time now but, with far too many blinkered deniers, it's had to begin approaching critical mass before being recognized for what it is: the commoditization and devaluation of music that has led to increasing challenges for musicians looking to maintain any kind of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vula Viel: Do Not Be Afraid

Read "Do Not Be Afraid" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Having once wowed audiences at the London Jazz Festival, Vula Viel acquired a more unlikely fan in the shape of Iggy Pop. Maybe it's this trio's post- punk verve that grabbed the Stooges frontman, or Pop might have been seduced by hearing the gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in such an original context. Bex Burch was ...

Body

Label: Northern Spy Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Body.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2018 secondo Vincenzo Roggero

Read "Il meglio del 2018 secondo Vincenzo Roggero" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Anche quest'anno tanti gli ascolti, tante le proposte interessanti, e come al solito, difficile sintetizzare il meglio in dodici dischi. Non necessariamente i migliori ma quelli che, in un modo o nell'altro, hanno lasciato un segno. In testa una conferma, Steve Coleman, eh sì ancora lui, per il disco certo, ma anche per i meravigliosi concerti ...


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