Syd­ney Un­der­ground (michael­go­r­­

Australian HIFI - - ON TEST -

Press­ing play on this al­bum is a bit like det­o­nat­ing a bomb. What ini­tially hits you smack be­tween the eyes is the sheer vi­tal­ity of the sounds, so you are en­gaged be­fore you’ve heard a com­plete line, let alone a whole piece. This sonic vi­vac­ity is shared equally by Michael Gor­don’s tenor sax­o­phone, Ken Al­lars’ trumpet, Tom Wade’s bass and Finn Ryan’s drums. Once you’ve been wel­comed into the mu­sic by these sounds you find the vi­vac­ity repli­cated in the play­ing and com­po­si­tions. Big Job mixes be­bop, an­ar­chy and frisk­i­ness in equal mea­sure, Chumba Chumba nods a sly wink to Balkan Gypsy mu­sic, Crips Up is os­ten­si­bly a breezy blow­ing tune, only the breeze turns out to have the grit con­tent of a sand­storm and Christchurch un­leashes some seis­mic shocks.

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