Spellbound sea / Various Artists
Featured Australian works
||Jacaranda for jazz ensemble||Sandy Evans||Clarion Fracture Zone||8 mins|
||Wild uproar for jazz ensemble
Recorded/performed at: ABC Studio 221, Sydney, on Mar 90.
|Sandy Evans||Clarion Fracture Zone||6 mins, 16 sec.|
||Maianbar for small jazz ensemble||Bernie McGann||Bernie McGann, Lloyd Swanton, John Pochée||6 mins, 15 sec.|
||Southerly buster for small jazz ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Sony Studios, East Sydney, on Jun 96.
|Bernie McGann||Bernie McGann, Sandy Evans, Lloyd Swanton, John Pochée||7 mins, 4 sec.|
||34 degrees south for small jazz ensemble||Alister Spence||Wanderlust||5 mins, 53 sec.|
Also includes: Mambo Gumbo / Miroslav Bukovsky -- Coral Colours / Paul McNamara -- Spice Island / Tony Gorman.
A frequent theme in their music is the sea: coastal beauty, coastal life, coastal rhythms. Its waves roll in ... up and down the east coast of Australia, from coral climes in the north to the lazy sands of Maianbar in Sydney's south. They wash back and forth to South Africa (Cape Town and Sydney share the latitude 34 Degrees South and astute listeners will hear in that tune echoes of the pianist Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim, an Alister Spence favourite). It swells and broils around New Orleans (Mambo Gumbo) and eases down the long Latin coastline, whose sensuous rhythms offer another unity to this collection. And, senses aroused, we arrive in answer to the siren song at that mythic point in the South Seas, Spice Island. This is an eclectic and affecting album enriched by a diversity of voices: from the solo piano of Paul McNamara and Bernie McGann's sax trio to the larger ensembles of Wanderlust and Clarion Fracture Zone. Languid, refreshing, tempestuous, seductive, often purely beautiful, it is music that flows straight from the Spellbound Sea.
Duration: 57 min.
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