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||Dreaming the Glorified Bass Player (2001) for small jazz ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank, Melbourne, on May 02.
|Andrea Keller||Bennetts Lane Big Band||8 mins, 54 sec.|
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The Bennetts Lane Big Band is comprised of some of Australia's
most celebrated improvisers and composers and, as such, is
Melbourne's premier large contemporary jazz ensemble. It was
conceived as a vehicle for the performance of new works
traversing the fields of improvised and composed music. Since its
inception it has generated a repertoire of over thirty works
encompassing a broad compositional approach: Some pieces explore
facets abstract and conceptual while others clearly reflect the
jazz canon. In addition to contributions from its members, the
BLBB has commissioned numerous works from external emerging and
established composers. The BLBB has performed at the Melbourne
International Jazz Festival, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and
Blues, and Jazz in the Valley in addition to maintaining its
residency at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club on the first Monday of every
This recording was made in 2002, shortly after the band formed. Although the band has developed since this time, the performances captured here reflect the intensity of excitement and urgency inherent in new projects: there is an ineffable rawness in these takes, but far from detracting from the overall performance, the gruffness somehow grounds the music, saving it from becoming overtly polished and without grain or texture
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