Blowing hot from the sunshine state
THIS collection of compositions by Rafael Karlen features 11 leading jazz performers from the highly active Brisbane scene, including the composer on tenor sax and flute. Two vocalists appear on a track each and are alone worth the price for fans of vocals: Hannah Macklin contributing her voice- as- instrument in the title track and the brightest new star on the Australian jazz vocal scene, Megan Washington, singing her lyrics in the ethereal Water and Time . The album varies in style and mood from ballad pieces to rhythmic post- bop themes, well arranged, if not entirely original, and played with flair. Coffee Dance , dedicated to Brisbane saxophonist Tony Hobbs, opens with a series of solo baritone sax notes from Graeme Norris, developing into a slow ensemble riff taken up by Georgia Weber on double bass, and eventually moving into Mikael Strand’s humour- injecting, faux- trad trombone solo. Curve starts with Steve Newcomb’s gauzy, out- of- tempo piano before the others arrive with a rhythmic bop theme, scored with a nod to Miles Davis’s famous arranger Gil Evans. Joe Marchisella contributes a smart drum solo. Shannon Marshall’s trumpet provides a high- energy opening to Eat Better, Sleep More . Abstract Gloom features murky section work with elegant voicings and thoughtful solos from trumpet and Mark Spencer’s alto sax. Some of the best solo work comes from James Sherlock on guitar, notably in his highvelocity performance on Five For Now. This collection is a good example of the high level of composition and performance, coming in this instance from Brisbane, but equally available, although not widely recognised, outside the Sydney- Melbourne axis.
Driving Hat Brisbane West End Composers Collective Pinnacles Music