ON July 12 last year three patrons left Bennetts Lane jazz club in Melbourne grumbling that they “didn’t pay to hear three drunk blokes wearing flannel … miss every third note”.
Yet that night these blokes, none of whom had touched a drop, began recording a live album that dips its lid to Monk, Parker, Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and Ornette Coleman while delivering superbly creative and uncompromising modern jazz.
The version of Brian Wilson’s Wonderful is exactly that. Allan Browne (drums) and Sam Anning (bass) give Marc Hannaford free rein and his piano takes us almost anywhere we could wish to go.
This music varies so much. It swings subtly and strongly. It pushes, nudges and shoves. It barrels along. It explores finesse and freneticism.
And it’s fun.
File between: Monk, Jelly Roll Morton
Download: Cheryl et al, Wonderful
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Allan Browne Trio CD launch at Uptown Jazz Cafe, 9pm, July 5
Sam Anning catches a catnap during a solo before heading to New York
Does this look familiar? Yes it’s that characteristic pose of a bass player catching some shut-eye after a night on the town or before a long flight to the US.
If you have not heard Al Browne, Marc Hannaford and Sam Anning perform material similar to what’s on their new album Shreveport Stomp — in other words, whatever Marc decides to play with Allan and Sam taking it somewhere special — get to Uptown Jazz Cafe tomorrow night. It may be your last chance to catch Sam Anning before he disappears into the sultry nightclubs of New York.
And you may just hear the story about how the trio was mistaken for three drunks during the recording of their album.