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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

Album

Three

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

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Article: Radio

Federica Michisanti, Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band, Jose Rizo's Mongorama and more

Read "Federica Michisanti, Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band, Jose Rizo's Mongorama and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week exciting new music from bassist Federica Michisanti whose Horn trio is a band without drums and harmonic instruments, which gives more freedom for an unconventional approach and sound. There's Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band where the leader becomes the first organist to play all of the bass lines throughout an entire big band album. ...

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Article: Radio

Luca Sguera, Enrique Haneine and Joe McPhee & Dave Rempis

Read "Luca Sguera, Enrique Haneine and Joe McPhee & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode is a mixed bag of music of new releases (Gordon Grdina Sextet, Luca Sguera, Enrique Haneine, Dave Rempis & Joe McPhee, and The Necks) plus further listening from recent releases by the likes of Marie Kruttli and Trio, Itaca 4et, Inland Empire featuring Kris Davis, The MacroQuarktet and Simon Nabatov Quintet), and revisits to ...

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Article: Album Review

The Necks: Three

Read "Three" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


With their stubbornly spiky, hold-onto-your-hat mindset firmly rooted, a high fever runs wild on Three, The Necks' twenty-first release in its thirty-three year, unhindered-by-genre career. It starts like most of the trio's existential, kaleidoscopic excursions do: some minimalist point of blurred melodic frenzy is acted upon and the rest becomes an amalgam of theory and system... ...

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Article: Album Review

The Necks: Three

Read "Three" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Live performances by Australian free-improvising trio The Necks typically take the form of a single, slowly growing and morphing mass of sound. On recordings the musicians give themselves permission to sculpt the sound, so it is not a real-time document. Nevertheless their two previous albums Vertigo (Northern Spy Records, 2015) and Body (Northern Spy Records, 2018) ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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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 ...

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Article: Interview

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 ...

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Article: Live Review

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 ...


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