Kristin Berardi & Sam Anning 'Our Songs, Not Songs'
Vocalist Kristin Berardi and bassist Sam Anning join forces on their duo album ‘Our Songs, Not Songs,’ bringing together a stunning collection of mostly original songs that entwines their improvisational virtuosity with an expression more akin to folk music. The songs are unified by expressions of the complexity of the human condition, serving as a call for connection to self, others and mother nature.
Franklin - Amen
Bassist-composer Joseph Franklin’s second album, Amen, features an impressive collaboration with pianist Marc Hannaford and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Amen showcases Franklin’s intriguing compositions, featuring intricate rhythmic relationships between the players and the merging of acoustic and electronic elements. The music moves effortlessly between strict compositions to highly powerful improvisations, soundscape electronica to through-composed piano trio explorations.
Phil Slater - "The Dark Pattern
This 2 CD set is the much-awaited follow-up to trumpeter Phil Slater’s critically acclaimed recording The Thousands, and expands the creative development of one of Australia’s most original and uncompromising artists. The music is paradoxically calm and meditative whilst bristling with an undercurrent of energy and stream-of-consciousness excitement found in all of the best jazz music.
Elly Hoyt "The Composer's Voice: Celebrating Australian Women Composers"
The Composers’ Voice presents a diverse set of compositions from celebrated Australian composers including Andrea Keller, Gian Slater, Georgia Weber, Louise Denson, Sonja Horbelt, Shannon Barnett, Tamara Murphy and Hoyt herself. The music is brought to life by an all-star band including pianist Andrea Keller, trumpeter Mat Jodrell, saxophonist Julien Wilson, trombonist, James Macaulay, bassist Sam Anning and drummer James McLean.
Sam Gill's Coursed Waters: Many Altered Returns
Sydney based saxophonist-composer Sam Gill announces his new album Many Altered Returns. The album is the first release by his quartet Coursed Waters, a Melbourne/Sydney collaboration featuring drummer James McLean alongside pianist Novak Manojlovic and bassist Jacques Emery. The music navigates expanses of open improvisation within Gill’s provocative multi-sectional compositions, moving between moments of extreme density to whispering repose.
Scott McConnachie, Carl Dewhurst & Simon Barker - Rock Dog
“When talking about Scott you run the risk of hyperbolic overload. I simply can’t name any player with more technique, creativity, power, imagination and beauty than Scott. Playing with him has been a highlight of my musical life and listening to him is a constant joy.” Scott Tinkler
Rock Dog documents the first moments of this cross-generational line-up between three of Australia’s most forward-thinking improvisers.
The Vampires - Pacifica
Two years on from their highly praised work The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke, The Vampires return with a new offering: Pacifica. Whilst Pacifica sees the Vampires return to the classic chord-less quartet format, the new album is an evolution of the band's sound, leaning further into recording production.
Hishakaku Quartet (Macaulay, Dasika, Holoubek, Ishiwaka) new album "The First Proxy"
The Hishakaku Quartet’s new album The First Proxy, is out now on Earshift Music with launch dates in Melbourne and Wangaratta International Jazz Festival. Comprised of trombonist James Macaulay and trumpeter Niran Dasika alongside rhythm section of bassist Marty Holoubek and drummer Shun Ishiwaka.
Ellen Kirkwood & Sirens Big Band release their third album [A]part feat. Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller & Gian Slater
13-piece powerhouse Sirens Big Band plus featured soloists Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans and Gian Slater, present Ellen Kirkwood’s epic 56-minute, four-part suite. The magnum opus is Ellen’s emotive and captivating response to growing issues in a rapidly changing world: the wonder and malignance of the internet, the refugee crisis, greed and climate change, and reflections/reactions to the present.
Sam Anning 'Across a Field as Vast as One'
‘Across A Field As Vast As One’ traverses eight original compositions by the bassist composer- Sam Anning, drawing on diverse influences including his years living in New York City, the Australian landscape, recent world events and most of all, a homage to his late great mentor, the Australian drummer Allan Browne. Anning sums up Browne’s influence on his music with the phrase “music is far too important to take seriously.”