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UNITY IN DUALITY

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett

GALLERY: Tuesday, November 12, 8.30pm: SHANNON BARNETT QUARTET & STEPHEN MAGNUSSON

Melbourne Jazz C0-operative

What a treat to hear New York-based trombonist Shannon Barnett at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club last night, in a first set with guitarist Steve Magnusson.

It’s comparing apples and oranges, but I was struck by what a contrast there was between Barnett’s warm, resonant tones and the amplified, electronic sound of Eric Vloeimans‘ horn in Gatecrash recently at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. This is absolutely not a criticism of Vloeimans’ ability or technique, but merely an observation that, while both could be described as enveloping in a “warm blanket” sense, I think there is more texture and sometimes gravelly roughness or guts to the fat tones of Barnett’s ‘bone. Of course they are different instruments and the contexts and intentions are much different. It’s just that one appeals to me much more than the other.

If I wanted a trumpet sound to illustrate the depth and texture that can be achieved with that instrument without the electrified tone of Vloeimans’ instrument, I’d suggest Gianni Marinucci as an example, on his album A Tender Caress.

But I digress. The other appeal of Tuesday night’s duo set was the level of understanding between Barnett and Magnusson. I felt that they really appreciated the chance to explore some great tunes together and that the audience picked up on that vibe. I have previously described gigs as therapy for the soul. This was one of those.

I was unable to stay for Barnett’s second set, in a quartet with Nash Lee (guitar), Chris Hale (bass), and Chris Port (drums).

Trombonist and composer Barnett returns next week to New York.

Here are some images from the first set:

Shannon Barnett and Steve Magnusson

Shannon Barnett and Steve Magnusson

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett

Steve Magnusson

Steve Magnusson

Steve Magnusson

Steve Magnusson

ROGER MITCHELL

Larger versions of these images can be viewed in this GALLERY

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CATCH SHANNON & AARON

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett at WPAC Hall at Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival 2013.

In a rare change to the MJC’s advertised program, New York-based trombonist Shannon Barnett will play at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club tonight with guitarist Steve Magnusson (first set) and in a quartet playing compositions from her album Country.

Scott Tinkler‘s scheduled performance with Magnusson and Erkki Veltheim has been postponed due to doctor’s orders (nothing major, fortunately).

In the other room at Bennetts, students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University will give their final recitals from 6.30pm.

On Sunday, November 17th, the co-operative has another change to its printed program, with the double bill of Luke Howard Trio / Nat Bartsch Trio moving to November 26 (courtesy of the gracious Sam Keevers Trio moving to 2014) so that Aaron Choulai can play before his return to Japan.

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett at Wang 2013

The new program notes, supplied by Martin Jackson, are as follows:

Steve Magnusson

Steve Magnusson plays Wangaratta Jazz 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 8.30pm: SHANNON BARNETT QUARTET & STEPHEN MAGNUSSON

Recipient of the 2007 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the year at the Australian Bell Awards, trombonist and composer Shannon Barnett returned to Australia for performances at the Wangaratta Festival and Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival before heading back to New York City where she is studying for her master’s degree. Since moving to New York she has studied composition with John Abercrombie, trombone with John Fedchock and has performed with the likes of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the Birdland Big Band, Cyrille Aimée and the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York.
In an opening set, Barnett will perform in an exploratory duo with Stephen Magnusson (guitar). The second set will see her perform originals from her debut album, Country, with Nash Lee (guitar), Chris Hale (bass), and Chris Port (Drums).

Sunday, November 17, 8.30pm: AARON CHOULAI QUINTET (Tokyo/Melbourne) – Premiere

At the age of 31, award winning and critically acclaimed pianist/composer Aaron Choulai has already achieved a impressive amount in his career. From small band jazz recordings in New York for Sunnyside records to large scale multi-media cross-cultural festival commissions, the pianist’s work is as wide and varied as it is explorative and adventurous. As a side man, Choulai has worked as musical director and arranger for Kate Ceberano, the Melbourne Festival commission ‘Black Arm Band’ and has performed with a wide variety of musicians from Ben Monder and Clarence Penn in the U.S. to the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Archie Roach. As a band leader and composer, Choulai’s most celebrated work is a collaboration between Melbourne based outfit ‘VADA’ and a choir from his home town in Papua New Guinea, which was commissioned by the Queensland music festival in 2007.
Based in Japan at the Tokyo College of the Arts as a composer and a researcher since late 2008, on this brief visit to Melbourne, Choulai will perform with long time friends and collaborators Carlo Barbaro (tenor saxophone), Jordan Murray (trombone), Tom Lee (bass), and Rory MacDougall (drums). The quintet will mainly play new material from Choulai, as well as one or two jazz standards.
“In essence, Choulai is a meticulous technician via a richly lyrical, yet often animated type of delivery” – Glenn Astarita, JazzReview.com
“Aaron Choulai is writing is as alluring as it is adventurous and his feisty ensemble conjured fabulous melodies and propulsive grooves like rabbits out of a hat” – Jessica Nicholas, The Age

Tuesday, November 26, 8.30pm: LUKE HOWARD TRIO & NAT BARTSCH TRIO

Over the past few years, pianists Luke Howard and Nat Bartsch have both cultivated a distinctive piano trio sound; focusing on tonal, contemporary, ambient composition and improvisation. Their respective 2013 album releases A Dove, a Lion, a Coast, a Pirate, and To Sail, To Sing are both widely acclaimed. With shared musical values and mutual admiration, they are now teaming up to direct a new series of concerts entitled the Festival of Beautiful Sound. To mark the beginning of this new collaboration, Bartsch and Howard’s trios will perform each other’s compositions in a unique concert. Luke Howard Trio features Jonathan Zion (bass) and Daniel Farrugia (drums), while the Nat Bartsch Trio comprises Tom Lee (bass) and Daniel Farrugia (drums). See http://www.natbartsch.com & http://www.lukehoward.com.

VAMPIRES ON THE MOVE

Nick Garbett

Nick Garbett

CD launch: The Vampires, Bennetts Lane, Sunday October 13 at 8.30pm

It was a full day on Sunday, beginning at 6am with hasty preparations for a Federation Day bush walk starting at O’Brien’s Crossing on the Lerderderg River. Soon after returning, I was offered a free ticket to experience Fearless Nadia at the Melbourne Recital Centre. I did not know what to expect. It was a hoot, with hilarious antics on screen in the tradition of Keystone Cops or the Marx Brothers, but with some strong social commentary and absolutely superb music from Australian and Indian musicians. Sandy Evans was among them.

Jessica Nicholas reviewed this and here’s a link to her assessment as featured in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The show went late and so, despite an interval so short that I wondered whether the MRC has a plan to recycle leftover wine and beer that patrons could not possibly finish, I missed the first set of The Vampires.

This is not meant as a review, but just a few notes to accompany a few images (see below). It was great to hear the fluid harmonies of Jeremy Rose on sax and clarinet and  Nick Garbett on trumpet and flugelhorn, well backed by Alex Boneham on bass and Alex Masso on drums and cajon.

In the second set they played Palau, Beautiful Decay and Brother Sykes from their new album, Tiro, as well as Heston from the Garfish album and Euroschmarp and Chellowdene from the album of that name.

Jeremy Rose describes the new album as “taking a new direction for the group”. Apart from his expanded range of instruments — it was great to hear him on clarinet, but in this set he did not play soprano sax — and Garbett adding some flugelhorn, I felt that this outing displayed more continuity than departure from the earlier successful albums.

Melody and harmony is this band’s hallmark, and they do it effortlessly and very well indeed. Garbett does get gritty at times on the trumpet, and I love luxuriating in the richness of tones in this group. That said, I occasionally wish they would work in more tension and take us into some harder, wilder places. But that’s occasionally.

In short, I have loved the work of this band since the release of debut album South Coasting, which remains a favourite.

The Vampires are on tour nationally throughout October, with appearances at the Manly Jazz Festival and Wangaratta Festival of Jazz with special guest Shannon Barnett, who will be on loan from New York City. The Sydney album launch will be on Thursday, Dec 5 at the Basement with Danaides and Slo Poke Rodriguez.

Jeremy Rose says new album draws from his recent travels and musical studies in Greece and Cuba. “The album was also influenced by Nick Garbett‘s travels to the Pacific island of Palau and Colombia, and Alex Boneham‘s sojourn in Rome over the past year. These diverse musical ‘postcards’ come together conceptually well.”

The album also features two remixes by Paul ‘Tanuki’ Bromley, who has played bass with Brisbane rock band George and now is a producer.

ROGER MITCHELL

Here are some images from the Melbourne launch.

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Jeremy Rose

Jeremy Rose

Nick Garbett and Jeremy Rose

Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett

Alex Masso

Alex Masso

Jeremy Rose

Jeremy Rose

Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett

Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett

Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett

Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett

Nick Garbett

Nick Garbett

Alex Boneham

Alex Boneham

Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett

Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett

Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett

Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett

Nick Garbett

Nick Garbett

Alex Boneham

Alex Boneham

Tour dates:

Thurs 17 Oct GOSFORD NSW, Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford, workshop from 6.30pm, support from 7.30pm, show at 8.30pm $25 for the workshop + show / $15 for show onlywww.therhythmhut.com.au

Fri 18 Oct BELLINGEN, NSW, #5 Church St dinner from 6pm, show at 7.30pm $12www.5churchstreet.com

Sat 19 Oct GOLD COAST, QLD, Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, 2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, 7.30pm, $5 www.mandalaorganicarts.com.au

Sun 20 Oct BANGALOW, NSW, ‘Sunday Afternoon Jazz at the Bowlo’ – Bangalow Bowling Club with The Vampires plus special guests saxophonist Dave Ades and percussion master Greg Sheehan, 4pm, $15/10 kids under 12 free facebook event

Thurs 31 Oct CANBERRA, ACT The Loft, Majura Medical Centre, Cnr Antill and Cowper Sts Dickson. 8.30pm Tix $15/$12

Sat 2 Nov WANGARATTA, VIC Wangaratta International Jazz Festival, WPAC Memorial Hall, Wangaratta, **With special guest Shannon Barnett 8:00pm www.2013.wangarattajazz.com

Tues 12 Nov NEWCASTLE, NSW The Underground presented by NIMA, The Grand Hotel, cnr Bolton St and Church St, Newcastle, $15/$10 doors at 7.30pm, music from 8pm, www.nima.org.au

Sun 17 Nov WOLLONGONG, NSW, Clifton School of the Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton, 2.00-5.00pm $20, $10, $50 family

Thurs 5 Dec SYDNEY, NSW, ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY* The Basement, 7 Macquarie Pl, Sydney, with Danaides (The Alcohotlicks) and Slo Poke Rodriguez, $20, (02) 9251 2797www.thebasement.com.au