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.