CD Review – Music From 4 To 40 Parts

CD Review – Music From 4 To 40 Parts

Vaughan McAlley
Ensemble Gombert; Four Seasons Quartet
Move MD 3437
***½

Vaughan McAlley is a Melbourne based singer with the a cappella choir Ensemble Gombert. The soaring harmonies and mysterious counterpoint of the choral repertoire of the high renaissance has inspired Continue reading “CD Review – Music From 4 To 40 Parts”

CD Review – The Dark Pattern

PHIL SLATER
The Dark Pattern
Earshift Music EAR034
****½

Here is an artistic work, a true ‘concept album’ as substantial and as vital as the environment from which it takes its inspiration. Multi-award winning trumpeter Phil Slater is regarded as Australia’s pre-eminent exponent of contemporary jazz trumpet. In this two-hour double-CD Continue reading “CD Review – The Dark Pattern”

CD Review – Groove


GROOVE
Andrew Dickeson, drums; Rodney Whitaker,
double bass; Wayne Kelly, piano
Independent
*****

You can’t help but groove along with this collection of solid well-worn jewels delivered by this trio. These songs are the equivalent of comfort food, served with style and delivered with the grace that they each deserve. Continue reading “CD Review – Groove”

CD Review – Counterpart


COUNTERPART
Sean Foran and Stuart McCallum
Sean Foran, piano; Stuart McCallum, guitar; Sam Vicary, bass; John Parker, drums
NAIM Records
***½

Jazz history is full of random reference points and, in this case, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the beautiful Metheny Mehldau duet The sound of water from Continue reading “CD Review – Counterpart”

CD Review – Migrations


JACQUES KUBA SEGUIN
Migrations
Odd Sound ODS17
****½






Based in Quebec, trumpeter Jacques Kuba Seguin might record on his own label Odd Sound Records but his sound is anything but odd. He has a style which is relaxed yet intense, not unlike Australian Matt Jodrell, and his technique is as Continue reading “CD Review – Migrations”

CD Review – Winter Journey


WINTER JOURNEY
Nathan Lay, baritone; Brian Chapman, piano and translator; Lucy Chapman, artist
Move MCD 594
****½


This outstanding production of Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreisse, D911 is a gem worth having in any collection. It contains two recordings of the work: one sung in the original German and one Continue reading “CD Review – Winter Journey”

CD Review – Offspring Bites 2

OFFSPRING BITES 2
Ensemble Offspring
0 784927 459812
****

Ensemble Offspring is a Sydney-based musical group which commissions and performs ‘adventurous new music’. Its artistic director is percussionist Claire Edwardes; she is joined on this disc by violinist Véronique Serret, cellist Freya Schack-Arnott, clarinettist Jason Noble and flautist Lamorna Nightingale, Continue reading “CD Review – Offspring Bites 2”