South Coasting review: Sydney Morning Herald, March 1 2008

by admin on 1 March 2008

John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald, 1st March 2008

‘Much of the summer we’ve missed is on this brilliant disc. Using Latin and reggae beats teased by a superb double bass and drums team, and deploying two and sometimes three horns, the Vampires play with wit, soulful melody and invention… The opening is horns alone in interlocking patterns that repeat and mutate along minimalist lines before the rhythm section drops in powerfully. It is irresistibly catchy. Sultry drama and mystery follow with The Beating Sun, which has horn passages reminiscent of 1960s Blue Note funky jazz… Elsewhere there are even hints of mariachi, and the solos are sometimes informed by free jazz. As with many young jazz musicians, the Vampires listen to everything and play in many contexts, yet have something immediately recognisable as their own… The horn passages are almost blithe in their effortlessly unfolding invention but real beauty and depth of feeling rise from within the sunny fun. Inspiration is another word for this combination… Young (female) Melbourne trombone star Shannon Barnett makes a guest appearance on horns beside Jeremy Rose’s alto saxophone and Nick Garbett’s biting trumpet.’ …

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