We’re well into 2019, and some recordings I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of are making their way out into the world. The first is the debut album from Sydney saxophonist/composer Sam Gill’s quartet Coursed Waters, entitled Many Altered Returns, which is released on Earshift Music. I began playing with Sam a few years ago, when I was travelling to Sydney frequently as part of my PhD studies, and the music he’s written is both exciting and challenging.
Pianist/Composer Andrea Keller’s newest release, Transients (Volume 1), documents music developed by a number of ensembles as part of her long running Transient Thursday residency at Uptown Jazz Cafe. The trio of Andrea, myself, and bassist Christopher Hale is featured on the first track, Musings. Keep an eye out for Volume 2, due out later this year, which will feature more of this trio (as well as more of all the other great musicians!).
The debut album of Tamara Murphy’s Spirograph Studies - entitled Kindness, Not Courtesy - was released on July 1st. The music documents the unique way of improvising - gromping, after “Group Comping” - we’ve been developing over the last three or four years. Spirograph Studies will also be touring Australia and New Zealand from August through November, so keep an eye out for dates in your city!
Finally, I was fortunate enough to record on vocalist Elly Hoyt’s latest project: The Composers' Voice: Celebrating Australian Women Composers. The project 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 band includes pianist Andrea Keller, trumpeter Mat Jodrell, saxophonist Julien Wilson, trombonist James Macaulay, bassist Sam Anning and myself on drums. It’s out August 16th on Earshift Music.