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Julien Wilson

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Julien Wilson is a Melbourne saxophonist and composer who has been a crucial member of the Australian jazz community since the mid 90’s. He studied at VCA under Brian Brown & Barry Duggan and at Boston’s New England Conservatory with George Russell & Paul Bley. Throughout the 90's he was an integral member of a number of highly regarded co-operative bands including Ishish, Festa, and the Swiss-based multi-national band, Snag. He has released a dozen albums as leader or co-leader, and his trio has been hailed as one of Australia’s most unique groups. He has recorded and performed with artists including Charlie Haden, Hermeto Pascoal, Nigel Kennedy, Hugh Masekala, Jim Black, Kurt Elling & the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, made long standing contributions to the Black Arm Band and the Australian Art Orchestra, and been a regular member of groups run by leading Australian musicians including Stu Hunter, Jonathan Zwartz, Paul Grabowsky, Jex Saarelaht, Aaron Choulai & Mike Nock. After spending extended periods in Europe in the late 90's, then living in Boston and New York for a few years, Julien returned to Melbourne in 2001 and had a very fruitful musical period

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The Eye is the First Circle

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Eye is the First Circle; What a Time to Be Alive; Hill of Grace; Meet Me at Phoenix Street; Song for Cleo; Still We Rise; Love and War.

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Hemispheres

Label: Trans-Pacific Jazz
Released: 2023
Track listing: Hemispheres; Scratchy; Rip Van Winkle; Scriabin's Dream; Dance Ridiculous; Sam's Song; Morning on the Yarra.

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Article: Album Review

Vanessa Perica Orchestra: The Eye is the First Circle

Read "The Eye is the First Circle" reviewed by Barry O'Sullivan


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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Vanessa Perica Orchestra: The Eye is the First Circle

Read "The Eye is the First Circle" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In a review of Love Is a Temporary Madness, the debut recording by Australian composer/arranger Vanessa Perica, the observation was made that “Perica's impact in the realm of big-band jazz should be anything but temporary." Perica's second album, The Eye Is the First Circle, has added an exclamation point to that assertion. Again, ...

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Article: Album Review

Barry Deister: Hemispheres

Read "Hemispheres" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Tenor saxophonist Barry Deister labels his sextet on Hemispheres a Collective, and for good reason--two of the musicians on Deister's fourth album are from the U.S., the others from Melbourne, Australia. Although the way they managed to work that magic isn't spelled out in the album's notes, the group performs seamlessly on seven of Deister's original ...

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Label: Trans-Pacific Jazz
Released: 2023
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Article: My Playlist

Vanessa Perica: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Vanessa Perica: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Maria Schneider Orchestra, Data Lords (Artist Share, 2020). Scrittura straordinaria associata ad una musicalità impressionante. Data Lords ha definito nuovi orizzonti per i grandi ensemble. 2. Aaron Parks, Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man (Ropeadope, 2020). Sono una estimatrice delle composizioni di Aaron. Mi colpiscono sia dal ...

Album

Oaatchapai

Label: Earshift Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tjurunga; Oaatchapai; Giant Pebble; Stretchroactivities; Urkraft; Ripples; Ochre; Saccade; Off With The Blades.

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Article: Album Review

Ryan Daunt: Essence

Read "Essence" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Drummer, educator, bandleader, and composer Ryan Daunt hails from Australia. Daunt is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a First-Class Honours Degree in Music, majoring in Jazz Performance. In 2016, he released his debut album. A busy sideman, Daunt has performed with a myriad of jazz artists including Kneebody, Troy ...


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