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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - John McBeath

Within and With­out Jeremy Rose Earshift This third al­bum by award-win­ning, Syd­ney­based sax­o­phon­ist-com­poser Jeremy Rose has him in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Amer­i­can jazz gui­tar lu­mi­nary Kurt Rosen­winkel, to­gether with the Ber­lin rhythm sec­tion of bassist An­dreas Lang and drum­mer To­bias Back­haus along­side Syd­ney pi­anist Jack­son Har­ri­son. Rose has a PhD in com­po­si­tion and re­leases with his co-led projects in­clud­ing the Vam­pires, the 17-piece Earshift Orches­tra, the Strides and Com­pass Quar­tet. Within this set of eight orig­i­nals is one by Har­ri­son, plus an un­ex­pected ar­range­ment of the Aus­tralian folk song Flash­jack, with its melodic gui­tar in­tro­duc­tory cho­rus fol­lowed by a jazz-flavoured en­sem­ble se­quence. A fit­ting in­tro to Strange Doors is out of tempo at first, then breaks into a sax-led cho­rus with swing­ing piano phras­ings and added bass clar­inet ef­fects, while Zom­bie is suit­ably me­chan­i­cal with some float­ing clar­inet and en­sem­ble se­quences plus an ex­ploratory alto solo. Afen­sou opens with a tom-tom rhythm that con­tin­ues un­der the bop-style theme with some solo gui­tar and piano work, ul­ti­mately re­turn­ing to the tom-toms. The ti­tle track sug­gests si­mul­ta­ne­ous op­pos­ing forces; en­chant­ment and an­guish, hope and de­spair. The ti­tle is also in­spired by James Tur­rell’s Skys­pace in­stal­la­tion at the Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Within With­out, which trans­forms colour. The mu­sic was writ­ten in a time of great change in Rose’s life; the tu­mul­tuous end of a re­la­tion­ship, in­tro­spec­tive trav­els through Morocco and In­done­sia, and new-found cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion. Rose de­scribes the al­bum as “op­pos­ing forces of at­trac­tion and re­pul­sion, joy and an­guish, hope and de­spair, pain and ec­stasy”.

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