Jex Saarelaht Quartet

4 stars

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.

Recorded live at Chapel Off Chapel for Stonnington Jazz 2009, this outing lacks only the lyrical Resignation from the original set.

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


  1. This new album is simply splendid, more so since it is a live recording. Redolent of 60’s musicians and music this album evokes emotions of sorrow and happiness. All the players are confident and expressive with well timed and appropriate solos. ‘Poorly’ is an early moody favorite followed by ‘five-nineteen’. More please!

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