JAZZ

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - John McBeath

THIS album is a sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion of orig­i­nal work from Blow, a sex­tet made up of some of Melbourne’s lead­ing mu­si­cians, recorded live at Fil­a­mena’s Bar, Wollert. With long- time jazz fig­ures Ted Vin­ing on drums and sax­o­phon­ist Peter Harper as colead­ers, and Melbourne pi­anis­tic in­sti­tu­tion Bob Sed­er­green in­cluded, the group is pow­er­ful enough to sound as if it’s dou­ble the size. Many pas­sages, though, are sub­dued, such as the open­ing to McCabe’s Trom­bone Fan­tasy or the placid and evoca­tive be­gin­ning to Bhai . In the lat­ter piece ten­sion slowly mounts and Harper’s throaty growl on alto brings in Ian Dixon’s trum­pet and Mick Meagher’s trom­bone for the three horns to ram­page in a berserk burst against dou­ble- timed drums be­fore a qui­etened re­turn to theme. Metal Rat has a def­i­nite big- band feel and lift- off so­los from Dixon and Sed­er­green; And Heaven Called uses an in­sis­tent tick­ing beat be­hind longer- held notes from the horns, stab­bing pi­ano chords, some rau­cous alto and clev­erly ar­ranged, stag­gered sec­tion work. Blue Sun, Red Moon Blow Bird­land/ Creative Vibes

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