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Mike Nock: Hearing

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Mike Nock has had a varied sixty-five-year musical journey, receiving many awards and honours. It has been thirty years since he released his celebrated solo piano album Touch, recorded at the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Eugene Goossens Hall in Sydney in 1993. Hearing has him returning to the same hall for another solo album and, as the ...


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Vanessa Perica Orchestra: The Eye is the First Circle

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The music on The Eye is the First Circle is undeniably outstandingly composed and arranged by Vanessa Perica. Her second outing--following Love is A Temporary Madness (Self released, 2020)--with another supersonic ensemble, it was superbly recorded at the Sing Sing East Studios in Melbourne, showcasing numerous flawlessly performed solos by some of Australia's best improvising musicians. ...


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Zela Margossian Quintet: The Road

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The Road is the extremely dexterous pianist Zela Margossian's much anticipated second album. It follows her critically acclaimed and ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) nominated debut album, Transition (Art As Catharsis, 2018), and once again delivers rich instrumental textures, a distinct compositional voice, and the narrative and thematic depth that Margossian is now known for.


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Quentin Bryan Angus: In Stride

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Keeping 'in stride' on his journey from Eden Valley, South Australia, guitarist/composer Quentin Angus hasn't batted an eyelid since arriving in the world's Mecca for jazz in 2010. Angus is an Associate Professor of Music for the City University of New York, teaches several courses at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and holds a PhD (Phrasing ...


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Andrew Butt Trio +: Blueberry Ash

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Blueberry Ash is predominantly an album of original compositions by Australian based saxophonist Andrew Butt. Pleasingly, it contains one added gem--"Love Song From Apache" written by David Raskin and Johnny Mercer, a rarely recorded tune that was a favourite of the great Coleman Hawkins, whose rendition on his album Today and Now is a true masterpiece ...


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Sandy Evans: Rock Pool Mirror

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Composed and led by saxophonist /composer Sandy Evans (OAM) this album of ambient landscapes is a musical response to photographer Belinda Webster's Shoalhaven Gorge series of photographic images which traverse the tranquility of rock formations reflected in still waters at dawn, to the darkness of chasms and rock formations in an area of unique and pristine ...


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Ingrid James and Alexis Tcholakian Trio: Trajectoire

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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. ...


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JAZZ: NOW Festival 2008, Sydney, Australia

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JAZZ: NOW Festival Sydney Opera HouseSydney, Australia September 11, 2008Programmed by SIMA (Sydney Improvised Music Association) and the Jazzgroove Association and now in its fifth year, the JAZZ: NOW 2008 Festival purports to be a snapshot of “the best" in modern jazz sounds this country has to offer, with four nights ...


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Trio Apoplectic: Trio Apoplectic

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Ambitious, passionate, but at times a little tentative, the debut recording from Sydney, Australia-based Trio Apoplectic focuses primarily on original composition, as well as one contribution each from jazz giants Thelonious Monk ("Boo Boo's Birthday") and Mal Waldron ("Fire Waltz"). Waldron was Billie Holiday's pianist in the late '50s and the composer ...


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Irene Atman at the Slide Bar, Sydney, Australia

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Irene AtmanSlide BarSydney, AustraliaApril 15, 2008Slide Bar, Oxford Street is a difficult venue for a jazz vocalist. Blessed with a hi- tech sound system but hindered by a somewhat small and an almost too close stage to audience set up , it is a venue that for the inexperienced could prove ...


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