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Nathan Brown Trio

Nathan Brown Trio (Image supplied)


Nathan Brown album launch tour

I doubt that many musicians — other than perhaps Julien Wilson — would want to bother with the cut and thrust of a life in Australian politics. So dual citizenship is pretty much irrelevant, except that most musicians do have a finely tuned sense of justice and a good grasp of what’s important in life (in other words, not constitutional collywobbles).

But when a New Zealand acoustic bass player ends up releasing his first album while living in New York, that’s a kind of dualistic outcome is it not? Drawing a long bow? Well, maybe.

I’ll be frank in saying that this post is hasty and far too late in coming. I have had a few too many things on my plate lately — including a bee hive swarming — to catch up with everything that needs doing.

Many jazz fans will be journeying north or south to Wangaratta today (Friday) to catch the delights of the annual feast of music at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. But for those who can’t make that, consider heading out to hear Nathan Brown at work.

Upright bass player Nathan Brown is in Australia on a tour to mark the release of his new album This Is the Moment (Gut Strings Records). He lives in New York City and leads a guitar/bass/drums trio.

His tour through New Zealand and Australia is being promoted by Mark Lockett and, after beginning on October 21 in Queenstown, has proceeded to Lazybones Lounge in Sydney for a gig last night (Thursday, November 2).

Tonight the venue is Doo-bop Jazz Club in Brisbane, followed by that most welcoming and wonderful venue The Jazzlab on November 4. A gig at Lebowskis follows on November 5, followed by a final night at the Wheatsheaf Hotel for Creative Original Music Adelaide.

The Jazzlab gig is an early one — doors open 6pm. And after Nathan Brown’s performance the Kari Ikonen Trio comes on at 9pm.

Nathan Brown has performed as a side man with an array of world class musicians including Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Randy Brecker, Carl Allen, John Faddis, Wycliffe Gordon, Lewis Nash, and Paquito D’Rivera. He also performs regularly with New York based Australian and New Zealand musicians such as Mark Lockett, Matt Baker, Adrian Cunningham, J.C. Stylles and Graeme Norris.

This Is The Moment is Nathan’s first attempt at crossing the bridge between side man and front man. For Nathan the album offers a chance to step in the spotlight and become recognised as a bandleader and composer in his own right.

For years Nathan’s New York trio (featuring Felix Lemerle on guitar and Peter Traunmuller on drums) have been performing a weekly residency at Cleopatra’s Needle. Through these weekly shows, the trio’s style began to mature. Nathan is heavily influenced by legendary bassist Paul Chambers, Felix by the sound of guitarist Grant Green, and Peter by the drumming style of Philly Joe Jones.

When Nathan Brown was preparing for this recording project he was wondering what it would be like if these masters, — Paul Chambers / Grant Green / Philly Joe Jones — were alive today. What if they played in a trio together? What songs, influenced by today’s music, would they perform? These questions guided the writing and arranging of  original music for this album and the selecting of cover songs.

Here are some assessments of the Nathan Brown Trio performing on This Is The Moment:

“The Brown crew knows how to serve it up just right. With cool school bopping leading the way, this is a cat that easily convinces you to stay out late on school nights to dig.” – Chris Spector at Midwest Records

“This trio, led by bassist Nathan Brown, demonstrates a commitment to the old values of ‘50s Modern Jazz. The Aesthetic is remarkably well-dialed in.” – Fritz Balwit at Audiophile Audition

Nathan Brown “lays down quarter notes as fat as half-dollars” – Fritz Balwit at Audiophile Audition

“With so much new and timeless instrumental jazz music on hand, the real attraction here is the spirited musical interplay between Brown, Lemerle and Traunmueller. Jazz fans will be in for an excellent sonic surprise with this fine new CD by The Nathan Brown Trio.” – Robert Steven Silverstein at Music Web Express 3000

“This is a swingin’, fun recording that will have you off your feet doing your happy dance! The originals are very melodic and accessible to a wide audience. The standards are given a fresh sound (Favorite: This is the Moment.) while relentlessly swinging all the way through. This trio has it together! 5 Stars for Mainstream radio!” – John Zimbrick, PhD., Producer and Host of Jazz Cornucopia on WBAA, Purdue Public Radio, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN



Van Ross CD

CD LAUNCH: The Buck Stops Here, at Paris Cat Jazz Club (Goldie place, Melbourne) on Friday, 1 March 2013 at 9pm, featuring Paul Van Ross sax, Kim Kelaart Hammond B3 organ, Hugh Stuckey guitar and Hugh Harvey on drums.

Here’s one for the diary, particularly if you need an energy boost to carry you into the weekend. Why not enjoy a few Friday drinks with friends or colleagues, maybe a bite to eat, then take in this vibrant band in the comfort of Paris Cat?

On the album Mark Lockett is on drums and Craig Fermanis plays guitar on the opening track.

As the name suggests, the follow-up to to 2008’s Get Sorted is an album for which Van Ross is prepared to take responsibility, with its clear message that “the buck stops here”.

Van Ross has a special pre-launch offer on his website, with his two albums available for $30.

Here’s how the publicity material for this lively album sums it up:

The Buck Stops Here brims with the unique energy of a live performance, something that is often difficult to replicate in the studio, particularly when the program is all original compositions. By recording this album live, Paul Van Ross sought to transport listeners to that night at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne, to experience the atmosphere of the venue, the energy and skill of the musicians, the buzz of the event and, most importantly…. the music!

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Paul lives in Melbourne, Australia. He studied in New York with some of the world’s leading teachers and musicians, and has toured and performed extensively in many parts the world. A talented woodwind specialist, he has performed and taught saxophone, flute and clarinet for more than 20 years.

Here’s how Van Ross describes the album: “The compositions on this album were largely inspired by an array of life experiences and influences, from family,
friends and musicians, to the many musical genres that continue to inform my playing and writing. These have combined to create a marvellous musical melting pot that is evident in the music on this album, music that should
appeal to jazz aficionados and those who enjoy the energetic buzz of live music. I hope you enjoy The Buck Stops Here.”



Mark Lockett album

3.5 stars

Label: Rattle Jazz

Recorded in New York with Joel Frahm on sax and Orlando Le Fleming on bass, Melbourne drummer Mark Lockett’s fourth album features eight of his compositions.

Despite time as a student of flamboyant NYC drummer Ari Hoenig, Lockett does not push his work to the fore. This album showcases all members of the trio in lively and polished renditions of pieces that are at times complex, but never too heavy.

Lockett displays a deft, but restrained command of the kit, giving Frahm and Le Fleming plenty of space.

Compared with Now and Then, Lockett’s 2008 tribute to Ornette Coleman, this album may offer less intensity, but it delivers finesse in a well-balanced outing that also confirms the drummer’s credentials as composer.

Download: Loose Motion, Crew Cut

File between: Ornette Coleman, Bill Stewart


During December 2012 Lockett will embark on a national tour to release Sneaking Out After Midnight, with concerts featuring Julien Wilson on sax and Alex Boneham on bass. In Sydney Jonathan Zwartz will be a special guest on bass, while in Perth Jamie Oehlers will feature on sax.

Lockett tour dates:

Tuesday, December 4: 505, 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, New South Wales, 8pm

Wednesday, December 5: The Loft, unit 2-3 151 Cowper St Dickson Canberra, 8pm

Thursday, December 6: La Niche, 67 Smith Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 7pm

Monday, December 10: The Wheatsheaf, 39 George St, Barton, SA 8pm

Wednesday, December 12: The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA, 8pm