Chellowdene review: Sydney Morning Herald, April 3, 2010

by admin on 3 April 2010

Review by John McBeath, The Australian April 3-4 2010
4/5 stars

Following the success of this young Sydney quartet’s 2008 recording South Coasting, and saxophonist-composer Jeremy Rose’s 2009 Bell Award for young Australian jazz artist, this new album comes with considerable credibility. Rose wrote most of the tracks and trumpeter Nick Garbett has contributed three. The Vampires manage to play contemporary jazz and at the same time include aspects of traditional reggae and South American music with occasional references to the recent past, with echoes of Bernie McGann and the Catholics. Rose’s composition Balkan Dance uses a mid-eastern modality in an unexpected tango rhythm and adds thoughtful solos from alto and trumpet in a truly cross-cultural production. Melbourne virtuoso trombonist Shannon Barnett makes a couple of guest appearances and delivers a powerhouse solo against South American riffs and rhythms in There’s More to Life Than Being a Vampire, with another guest, Fabian Hevia, on percussion. Alex Boneham on double bass together with Alex Masso on drums play important roles throughout, particularly in the crisp Latino title track. Red Head features an almost tempo-less theme on trumpet and alto. Played with verve, high ability and inspiration, The Vampires have produced another distinguished album.


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