The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

THE pub­lic­ity for Syd­ney trum­peter Andy Fid­des’s quar­tet album claims it puts the rock back into jazz, but purists will find much to en­joy. The rock in­flu­ences are con­fined to the raw, live en­ergy from the 1970s pub rock era rather than mu­si­cal ref­er­ences. Drum­mer Evan Man­nell re­places the monotony of a re­lent­less rock back­beat with so­phis­ti­cated, com­ple­men­tary per­cus­sion, ably sup­ported by Mike Ma­jkowski’s strong bass lines. Award- win­ning pi­anist Jack­son Har­ri­son is per­haps un­der- used, or un­der- recorded, in mostly ma­trix style back­ings be­hind trum­pet and drums; it’s not un­til track three that we hear a key­board solo, al­beit a some­what murky one. Fid­des’s trum­pet stands out in com­mand­ing mode on Joys­tring or me­an­der­ing in a mel­low Struck from Above. On Re­turn of the Dark­ness the trum­pet swings force­fully and there is a sub­stan­tial and pleas­ing key­board solo. Fid­des’s var­ied com­po­si­tions are well in­ter­preted by his tightly in­te­grated group, with the spot­light on the leader’s con­tin­u­ously in­ven­tive trum­pet.

John McBeath Livewire Andy Fid­des Jaz­zgroove/ Creative Vibes

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