Testers
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5d ago
Then band no. 2, Greg Stott's Test Pilots.  Very different even if one tune harked to Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin and thus perhaps a hint at the Swamp jazz.  But no, this was different.  A mix of two generations, the senior partners up front and the rhythm section, a piano trio, behind.  Not that the front line took all.  The music was, in some ways, defined by the intense funky, loud and ..read more
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Mics
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1w ago
Now this is an indulgence, but it might interest someone out there.  I've been playing with recording for some time now, stereo recording in the field of bands and small classical groups, then multitracks for my own recordings (mostly midi but some audio for vocals) and recently multitrack mix/mastering using stems from live shows.  Over time, you collect mics, in my case none too dear, but I ..read more
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A busy room
Canberra Jazz blog
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2w ago
The Evans Room took me back to energetic, adventurous piano trio of well back.  They played Bud Powell and that was one indication, but also Ida Lupino and Mike Manieri and Blues in the closet was their feature tune to end with a few more meditative originals in between.  This was not one for too much rumination, although the playing was great and deserved the musician's ear for the chromatics ..read more
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Out, Level 10
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3w ago
Perhaps a first, a start with solo vocals with Australian bush vocalisations, then drums, soft with mallets and percussion, sticks drawn over skins.  Then vocals changing to grunts and animal sounds.  I remember Ren Walters now, as guitar sounds, drums getting busier, more intense, still mallets, percussion more varied cymbals struck, moody with alto stabs of square intervals, then into ..read more
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Transports
Canberra Jazz blog
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3w ago
It wasn't particularly jazzy, just an afternoon pub gig across the road from Flinders Street Station in the Transport Public Bar, all modern and open with birds flying through louvres, but the band was seriously satisfying.  A trio of singer, guitar and percussion, advertised as jazz and playing some funky jazz takes on standards, but also a string of R&B/soul songs.  And they carried if off so ..read more
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Today, so it seems
Canberra Jazz blog
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3w ago
I remember passing the Maton factory then visiting a historical artist colony in Melbourne and roaming about the buildings and coming on a coffin in a chapel (creepy) then ... a room full of people and cameras for the making of a film.  It was perhaps the late-70s.  Good story and its etched in my brain.  So we were off to the Heidi Gallery and I thought it would be that place but no.  Heidi was ..read more
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Dress
Canberra Jazz blog
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3w ago
I am no fashion plate but I had a tailor father and I've come to admire good dress so we visited the National Gallery of Victoria for an exhibition of the work of Alexander McQueen and I was entranced. I enjoyed it immensely. He was obviously a madly talented person given he was head of a Paris fashion house two years after completing his training in England. Also openly gay and with mental ..read more
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Spa plus
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1M ago
Just back from a family Christmas get-together in Daylesford.  It's a cute town, said to be the lesbian capital of Australia.  I saw several couples but then we returned through a similar small country tourist town and ate at a gay-run hotel with a trans receptionist, so what's to tell?  I think of Daylesford for mineral spas and organ concerts.  We got to both, or at least a connection to each ..read more
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Visiting Paris
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1M ago
Paris comes to a backyard near you.  Aussie bassist Leigh Barker grew up in this house and performed a garden concert for friends of the family.  Leigh has ventured to Melbourne then to Paris with his singer/violinist partner Heather Stewart and they now have two young Parisians to fill the family but he still comes home every so often and plays tours and clubs and backyards and the like.  This ..read more
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Market Sundays
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1M ago
I was on a mission to the Fyshwick markets on a Sunday and mooched over when I heard music in one corner.  It was Sally Davis singing worthy singer-songwriter fare, not least Amy Winehouse and Florence and the Machine.  Danceable and intriguing music, not least for a string of little kids who gathered with their mums.  Mostly, it was the business of shopping for others, so despite a cosy corner ..read more
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