Open road : Rufus Records soundtracks
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Featured Australian works
||Kogoto Obicha Dushata Mi Finale — female choir with chamber ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Sony Studios East Sydney, on Mar 01.
|Sandy Evans||Clarion Fracture Zone, Martenitsa Choir||7 mins, 3 sec.|
||Unidentified spaces (1988) for small jazz ensemble — The Heart
Recorded/performed at: Sony Studios, East Sydney, on May 00.
|Sandy Evans||Ten Part Invention||2 mins, 43 sec.|
||Metric sheds (1995) for small jazz ensemble||Alister Spence||Alister Spence, Lloyd Swanton, Toby Hall||4 mins, 7 sec.|
Also includes: Me Me Me / James Greening -- Jabiluka / Miroslav Bukovsky -- Another Blues Day /Margie Evans -- High Times / Dave Brewer -- Song for Jess / Paul McNamara -- Une Fille De Sceaux / Jeremy Sawkins -- Venus and the Dogstar / Evans -- Generating / Tim Stevens -- How Swede It Is / Bob Bertles -- Fine and Mellow / Holliday.
There are distinctive trios - piano and sax - quintets and sextets while the album rises to a mighty crescendo with Clarion Fracture Zone in sextet form and the 23 voice Martenitsa Choir who sing in the Bulgarian folk tradition (and also, on the Canticle CD, in English and Gaelic!). What a feast! There is the epitome of stylish hard bop from the saloon-sleek Bob Bertles Quintet, post-bop/post-Coltrane, world-beat inflected jazz and more. And in the mix there is the wonderful US blues/soul/gospel diva Margie Evans and Susan Gai Dowling's Band render Billie Holiday's Fine and Mellow - the only standard on this compilation - and both these songs feature remarkable solos from altoist Bernie McGann. What we have is a rich diversity of Australian talent evident in performance and composition. It's a satisfying journey through contemporary Australian jazz and an ideal companion to a balmy summer.
Duration: 69 min.
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