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Matthew Sheens

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Born in Bowral, Australia, and raised in Sydney, Melbourne, Woolongong and Adelaide, Matthew became interested in jazz performance and composition towards the end of high school and in 2003 (11th grade) received the Jack De Vos Scholarship for single studies at the Elder Conservatorium. In 2004 Matthew toured with his quartet across the USA performing his original music. Upon Graduating at the University of Adelaide in 2008 with first class honors, he had received the Most Outstanding Pianist award in his 2nd year, Most Outstanding Undergraduate in 3rd year, Most Outstanding Honors Graduate in final year and was the only music student (from all disciplines in the Elder Conservatorium) to be awarded the Adelaide University Medal for Academic Excellence (humanities category)

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Ivy Hall

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Between the Ranges; Dancing on the Wall; Mr. Pants Pants; A Visit to the Zoo; Acoustic Alchemy; Coming to an Alley Near You; The Fuzz; Raw Eel Sheets; The Crack of Noon; Time Ebbing.

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Now Ear This

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Town of Tiny Rooms; Scarborough Cha; Trioation; Without Doubt; Addendum; Pusherman; On^ (Four on Six); Well Done; The Night Watch; Sis Boom Bah; Won by One.

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Article: Album Review

John Lang: Now Ear This

Read "Now Ear This" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For what it is, bassist John Lang's fourth album, Now Ear This, is quite well done. For jazz fans, the dilemma lies there, precisely in what it is--a series of eleven rock/fusion themes, nine written by Lang, which would be right at home on a smooth jazz/easy listening radio station, for example, but whose jazz content ...

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Nothing Remains Unchanged

Label: First Word Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Complicated Us; Adelaide; 1 East West; Forest Dance; Processional; Woods; Perspectives; This I Give to You; Highway Morning.

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Article: Album Review

Ross McHenry: Nothing Remains Unchanged

Read "Nothing Remains Unchanged" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Electric bassist Ross McHenry has been a highly-regarded presence in the Australian jazz scene since the release of his 2013 debut record, Distant Oceans (First Word Records). His recognition outside of his home country has been limited, although that may change with his 2020 release, Nothing Remains Unchanged. Eschewing some of his larger-ensemble tendencies for a ...

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Clouds and Stormy Nights: A New Pair from QFTF

Read "Clouds and Stormy Nights: A New Pair from QFTF" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Germany's growing QFTF label remains ambitious as ever as 2016 draws to a close, showcasing two young off-the-beaten-path bandleaders with their own ideas of the directions modern jazz might take. With some fairly offbeat feels for melody, the pair manage to serve as two sides of the same semi-abstract coin. Matthew Sheens Cloud ...

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Cloud Appreciation Day

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Label: QFTF
Released: 0
Duration: 05:35

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Untranslatable

Label: Abc Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Untranslatable; Adriana’s Song; L'Arlesienne (The Girl From Arles); Wabi Sabi; Translate From My Heart; Interlude #1 Untranslatable; Depaysement; Alfonsina Y El Mar; Interlude #2 Adriana's Song; Madrugada; Old Devil Moon.

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Article: Album Review

Matthew Sheens: Untranslatable

Read "Untranslatable" reviewed by Ian Patterson


With his impressive debut Every Eight Seconds (Self Produced, 2012) garnering universally positive reviews, Australian-born, New York-based pianist Matthew Sheens returns with an even meatier, juicier follow-up. Every Eight Seconds introduced an original composer, one whose melodic and rhythmic ideas championed narrative over virtuosity. There's perhaps more of Sheens the Downbeat poll-winning pianist this time out ...


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