GIGS COMING UP
THE Vampires’ debut album, South Coasting, was a horn-lover’s feast, with Jeremy Rose (alto sax) and Nick Garbett (trumpet) jousting and joining delightfully and guest Shannon Barnett (trombone) adding warmth and depth on five of 11 tracks.
Chellowdene has a lighter, brighter feel, with Barnett sitting in on only two of nine Rose and Garbett originals.
Alex Masso stays on drums, Alex Boneham replaces Mike Majkowski on double bass and Fabian Hevia provides percussion.
Latin, salsa and reggae influences help lift the spirits and rich horn harmonies are balm for the soul. Lovers of soulful lament can find it in Red Head and Balkan Dance.
The Vampires’ melodic horns are tasty, but let’s hear more meat from Barnett’s ‘bone.
Download: I Saw Blue Then White
CD launch: Sept 12, 9pm, Bennetts Lane (with assistance from Melbourne Jazz Cooperative)
Review published in Sunday Herald Sun on September 5, 2010
THE challenge of this solo double bass outing is to put aside expectations and be led into Majkowski’s “sound world”, focusing on the rich auditory experience rather than hoping for harmony or melody. The absence of these “distractions” allows us to really listen to each sound, fully experiencing its vivid intensity.
The sonic array is mesmerising, even meditative as Majkowski experiments with pizzicato, bow, his voice, prepared bass, and, on the title track, six hours of takes edited as overdubs to form a 20-minute piece.
What he produces is the key, not how it’s done. In Current, pauses between notes create expectancy that gradually dissolves as we focus on the timbre of notes Majkowski creates by smearing his hand over the timber instrument. The resonance is wonderful.
File between: Roil, Antripodean Collective
Download: Foam and Straw
Review published previously in Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne