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ON CHRIS ABRAHAMS
by Mark Bazeley
Jazz Magazine, Summer/Autumn 1986
This first solo album of Chris Abrahams, of The Benders, is a remarkable debut, and certainly worthy of a place in a review alongside Mike Nock. I find it extraordinary that such a young performer can encapsulate such a complete emotional landscape in his compositions. Beside this, his excellent technical ability at the piano rates a secondary mention…
ON RAY SWINFIELD
by Bruce Johnson
Jazz Magazine, May/June, 1983
Ray Swinfield’s name will be familiar to many readers of Jazz Magazine, since he is in fact an Australian musician, active in Sydney before he departed for the UK where I understand he is much in demand as a session man. This LP is the second under his own name, and it indicates that, while he may have become a more or less permanent resident of England, he has by no means forgotten Oz. The title of the album is taken from one of the songs on side 2, part of what he calls The Sydney Suite...
BRIAN BROWN: STILL A FORCE
by Adrian Jackson
Jazz Magazine, March/April, 1983
Melbourne musician Brian Brown has been one of Australia’s most important modern jazz musicians for more than 20 years now. He first achieved celebrity status in 1974 when his quintet performed at The Basement and made the Sydney jazz scene sit up and take notice. The Brian Brown Quintet’s Carlton Streets launched Horst Liepolt’s 44 Records label, and Brown’s band began to receive invitations to appear at major music festivals around the country. If the Australian Jazz Explosion shot anyone to prominence, it was Brian Brown...