Tag Archives: In Cahoots



In Cahoots

4 stars

MANY of the pieces on Paul Williamson’s seventh album as leader were conceived while he was based in Ireland, but don’t expect them to evoke rolling green hills.

The strength of purpose in this outing comes as no surprise given the trumpeter’s five vigorous quintet albums.

In Cahoots is propelled compellingly by Marc Hannaford (piano), Sam Zerna (double bass) and James McLean (drums).

Hannaford’s variations, mastery and elegance perfectly match the moods of the horn — its mellow musings, larrikin playfulness and shimmying, soaring and blazing sinuosity — while Zerna underpins the piano’s drive.

It’s gripping and enthralling to hear Inside Out colluding, collaborating and conspiring on In Cahoots.

File between: Jason Moran, Scott Tinkler

Download: Shop and Gargle, Silent Disco


This review appeared in the Play liftout of Melbourne’s Sunday Herald Sun on May 1, 2011


Saturday, March 19 at 9pm, Uptown Jazz Cafe, Brunswick St, Fitzroy

INSIDE OUT — CD launch

Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson at Uptown with Eugene Ball for Trumpet Armageddon

Paul Williamson trumpet, Marc Hannaford piano, Sam Zerna acoustic bass, and James McLean drums launch their new album on Jazzhead, In Cahoots.

I’m recycling some pics, so that’s why Eugene Ball sneaks into the frame. But he won’t be in cahoots with this lot when they perform at Uptown tonight.

Don’t be deterred by rumours that a certain airline may have given grief to Sam Zerna’s bass en route to that rival city to the north. There’s a lot you can do with duct tape!

This quartet was formed in 2009 on Williamson’s return to Melbourne after two years living in Dublin and playing in Ireland, Europe and the US. In Cahoots is his seventh CD release as a leader, after Non-Consensual Head Compression (2001, Newmarket), Talk It Up (2002, Newmarket), Mutations (2003, Newmarket), On the Surface, In the Core (2005, Newmarket), Far Away Here (2006, Jazzhead), and By a Thread (2009, Downstream).

Since his return from Dublin, the trumpet player has performed with Charlie Haden, John Abercrombie, and the Australian Art Orchestra at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz with Inside Out and the Wangaratta Jazz festival with By a Thread.

He lectures at Monash University and at Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University).

Inside Out is on tour:

March 20 The Ellington Jazz Club 6.30pm (Perth)

March 31 The Jazz Club – Jazzworx 7.30pm (Brisbane)

April 7 Bennetts Lane Jazz Club (Melbourne) 9pm

April 8 Wollongong Conservatorium of Music 7pm

April 11 Venue 505 8.30pm (Sydney)

April 14 Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club (Melbourne) 9pm

April 21 Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club (Melbourne) 9pm

April 29 UTAS 7pm (Hobart)
UTAS Hobart CBD Campuses, Conservatorium of Music