- Rolling Thunder
- Cyber Herod
- Listen to the Song of Life
Dale Barlow - Flute, Alto, Tenor
Roger Brampton - Piano
Bruce Cale - Bass
Phil Treloar - Drums
Recorded Live at the Adelaide Festival of Arts,
All compositions by Bruce Cale, except Offering
which was written by Roger Bramton.
If someone had played me
a track from this CD in a blindfold test,
I would have been sure that this was an American
band, which is still the highest complement
you can pay to any jazz ensemble. It is a
of course an Australian Group of very talented
musicians who are as good as anything contemporary
music has to offer. They have all studied
in the US however, at the feet of the good
and the great and no doubt this has helped
them to reach an extraordinary level both
in composition and performance. The recording
was made at the end of a week long residency,
which never fails to improve the performance
of any outfit, although in jazz it rarely
happens. Despite the excellence of these musicians,
try as I might I can’t get to like free jazz.
It lacks warmth and whilst I am amazed at
the ability of all concerned, to me it lacks
some of the essence of true jazz. For contemporary
music fans, it is a must and none would guess
it was recorded 25 years ago.
Roger Brampton the pianist
on this set is no longer with us, he died
of a brain tumour in 1999. The world is certainly
poorer because of that, he has enormous talent.
Dale Barlow is an outstanding saxophone player,
I would love to hear him play a set of ‘standards’
so that I could understand more of what is
going on. Bruce Cale is a fine Bass player
who played in London early in his career with
the Tubby Hayes Quartet.
Drummer Phil Treloar swings
like man when he has a mind but free jazz
does not like too much of that.
Another part of this record
which is a joy is the sleeve notes, written
by the musicians concerned and both interesting
and informative, many major labels should
note that it is not so difficult to produce
a worthwhile sleeve note!
To summarise, if free jazz
is your thing, this is a must. If you like
to hear four excellent musicians collectively
improvising the same applies, but if you like
your jazz a bit nearer the original idea,
it’s probably not for you.