The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - John McBeath

Dream Wheel Jaz­zgroove Moth­er­ship Orches­tra Bird­landCreative Vibes

Syd­ney ’ s AF­TER only four years in ex­is­tence, youth­ful ( av­er­age age 28) con­tem­po­rary big band Jaz­zgroove Moth­er­ship Orches­tra has re­leased a sec­ond album, fol­low­ing its Mike

it ’ s Nock trib­ute CD in 2006. This time a live

Syd­ney ’ s record­ing at Sound Lounge and fea­tures com­po­si­tions by noted Ger­man mu­si­cian Flo­rian Ross, who plays pi­ano on th­ese tracks. A cou­ple of num­bers are

Cam­paign or Come re­worked stan­dards: Swine ( Come Rain or Come Shine) swings well, toss­ing the lead smartly about be­tween sec­tions, with a stand­out solo from Roger Manins on tenor sax­o­phone; Au­tumn Things

bal­lad ’ s ( Au­tumn Leaves) ex­tends the un­usual har­monic struc­ture, build­ing to a faster than cus­tom­ary tempo for a burn­ing arc of a so­prano sax solo from leader David Theak. The long­est track is the sole Theak com­po­si­tion Bista , where an up­tempo solo from Manins, then full- on flam­ing gui­tar from James Muller, leads into an in­tel­li­gently en­er­getic drum solo from Evan Man­nell be­fore the 18 in­stru­ments re­turn with the post- bop theme.

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