The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

THE west here refers to Melbourne’s west­ern sub­urbs, il­lus­trated by the first track, Post­card from Footscray, which opens with Asian ef­fects: gongs and Dung Nguyen’s dan tranh, a type of Viet­namese zither. Af­ter this lan­guid, rip­pling- wa­ter be­gin­ning, un­der­scored by echoes of in­dus­tri­al­ism, the in­sis­tent rhythm of a print­ing press emerges, dis­solv­ing into Howard Cairns’s res­o­nant bass line. Nguyen re­turns with the dan bau, a sin­gle- string Viet­namese in­stru­ment, to state a theme, soon elab­o­rated by leader Peter Knight’s trum­pet and Paul Wil­liamson on sax­o­phone. This album draws on many in­flu­ences: Viet­namese, African and a dash of the Mid­dle East, all melded into Knight’s orig­i­nal grooves, aided by Ray Pereira’s per­cus­sion and Dave Beck’s in­spired drum­ming. Multi- in­stru­men­tal­ist Nguyen is a main­stay, also con­tribut­ing some fine gui­tar work. Knight’s in­ven­tive trum­pet is beau­ti­fully re­strained in a lyri­cal Aqua Pro­fonda. Old Grooves for New Streets Way Out West Jaz­zhead/ MGM

John McBeath

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