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MB4 Matt Boden

CD launch: March 1, Bennetts Lane, Melbourne, 9pm

THIS debut as leader by Tasmanian-born pianist Matt Boden, now living in Paris, closes with an endearingly slow-swinging version of Mingus’s tune Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love.

With mates Leigh Barker on acoustic bass, Alastair McGrath-Kerr on drums and Gideon Brazil on tenor sax, Boden retains that mood in his Berlin-inspired Revaler Strasse.

McGrath-Kerr’s 5am, Hendrix on TV is unexpectedly, but irresistibly restrained.

But Boden’s Courtesy Forbids ups the energy level in a delightful romp reminiscent of Barker’s quintet, in which Boden has featured on two albums.

The joy evident in the playing of this unpretentious album passes easily to the listener. And it’s great that the Mingus piece rivals the appeal of the original.

File between: Hank Jones, Andreas Schmidt

Download: Revaler Strasse, Courtesy Forbids

CD launch: March 1, Bennetts Lane, 9pm

This review also published in the Play liftout of the Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne on Sunday, 27 February, 2011