Thanks to John Clare for the review of our album launch. Full article is pasted below with web link at the bottom 🙂
2014 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival
November 11, 2014
Reviewed by John Clare
This is the first time I have seen and heard more than a few nights of this impressive event organised by the Sydney International Jazz Festival and SIMA (artistic directors Joanne Kee and Peter Rechniewski) and while it followed hard on Wangaratta and listening exhaustion on the part of this observer, I found every night enjoyable and several engrossing.
At Foundry 616 was the Hannah James Trio’s Trilophony launch. Both pianist Casey Golden and the leader and double bassist James write lovely tunes that are pleasingly exotic yet scrupulously neat and ingenious. I really love this approach, which has echoes of European groups I have heard at Wangaratta. Certainly the trio can strike hard, but these surges are both passionate and coldly bracing, like an intricate tumble of ice crystals. Can you write music like this in a warm and humid climate? Apparently so.
The first tune was by James and it had one of the most engaging bass ostinato patterns I have heard in some time – widely spaced, of four notes, one of which is dropped in the cycle and then restored. This is held. Then the tune emerges, then over this slow step Golden began to race. His lines often run brilliantly toward deft stops in which another brilliant pattern is spawned and instantly sprung. Drummer Edward Rodrigues has the same precise musicality of his colleagues. James achieves a warm smooth tone with soft hands. That is the impression. She can certainly lean into it, however, and did so where appropriate. It is hard to think of a local bassist who plays more lyrically. She is the Lester Young of the bass. Many smiles were exchanged across and around the trio, and these became viral throughout the audience.