The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke The Vampires Earshift Music This fifth album from Sydney quartet the Vampires adds extraordinary guitarist Lionel Loueke for a collection of 10 originals. The tracks are bookended by pieces from saxophonist Jeremy Rose’s Endings and Beginnings parts 1 and 2, improvised sketches featuring a subdued acoustic guitar intro. Three of the album’s tracks are by trumpeter Nick Garbett, the other seven are by Rose. Hard Love features Rose’s bass clarinet with a bluesy melody that echoes traditional Jamaican Nyabinghi music. Another Rose composition, Freedom Song, is dedicated to the refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, Australia’s offshore detention centres, and employs Loueke’s wordless vocals as well as Rose’s enlivening alto solo. Garbett’s piece Bendalong, named after the town on the south coast of NSW, has a relaxed reggae feel, while Torta Salata (salty cake) is a soul-drenched tune by Garbett inspired by his love of Italy and Italian cooking. The title of Suck a Seed by Rose comes from a documentary on trumpeter Clark Terry where he advises: ‘If at first you don’t succeed, suck a seed!’ Penned by Rose, Ubud Bubble arose from his experiences of Ubud, Bali, where he heard the sounds of gamelan rehearsals in the streets, and conjures a sense of magic and mystery. Recent events in Rose’s life inspired Brand New, where Garbett’s sky-climbing trumpet is driven along by Danny Fischer’s drum kit and Alex Masso’s bongos. This first-time collaboration works very well with Loueke’s guitar fitting into the Vampires’ arrangements in great style.