The Weekend Australian - Review

JAZZ COMPOSERS PLUS VOL 1

ATM15 BIG BAND

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Matthew Westwood meets Katharine Brisbane to reflect on a life advocating for the arts and the evolution of our cultural landscape

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Recorded at Melbourne’s Jazzlab in 2018, this album features originals from guest composers Michael Wallace, Mace Francis and Mat Jodrell, all West Australian musicians punching above their weight. Soloists include Andrea Keller (piano), Julien Wilson (tenor sax), Paul Williamson (trumpet) and Jordan Murray (trombone). Wallace’s and Francis’s works are unusual enough to sound innovative, and Jodrell’s powerful treatment of the immortal swing-feel sounds completely modern. The other four tracks feature a lovely slow original, from leader Andrew Murray, and three of his reinventio­ns of wellknown standards, where innovation­s are to be found in Murray’s brilliant orchestrat­ions. I find Murray’s writing unusually beautiful because, I think, he balances so well the dichotomy between familiarit­y and abstractio­n. Eric Myers

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