MOVING forward could be the phrase to describe the propulsion provided by Niko Schauble (drums), Saarelaht and Jonathan Zwartz (bass) in Five-nineteen, which the band leader wrote for the late bassist Stuart Speed.
It’s a standout concert brilliantly captured, with Julien Wilson superb on sax — breathily gentle, hauntingly surreal and deeply comforting on Thirteen/Two Minds, but whistling sparely on the staccato Pepperman. Unhurried Poorly is rich in repose.
Fiveways is a testament to the quality of the original gig and under-promoted pianist Saarelaht’s accomplished quartet.
Download: Thirteen/Two Minds
CD launch: Bennetts Lane, July 27, 9pm
This review published in the Sunday Herald Sun on July 25, 2010