Paul Grabowsky Sextet
The Bitter Suite
- Type CD
- Label ABC Classics
- UPC 0602537712786
- Catalog number ABC 3771278
- Release date 26 September 2014
About the album
Paul Grabowsky is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor – and is the Australian jazz legend. Playing with a largely Sydney-based band, Melbournite Grabowsky has brought together some of the finest jazz musicians Australia has produced for this recording. They have all been drawn to the music, he says, for the same reason: that the night beckons. The album, says Grabowsky, is music of the night – specifically, the Australian night.
It was written in an ‘urgent tumble’ in just a couple of weeks, and draws on everything from the Rolling Stones to Scriabin, with fluid, rhapsodic solos and tight rhythmic groove: ‘The process of creating is obscure. I sometimes understand it as a reordering of everything we remember or have forgotten, a series of combinatorial reshuffles done at warp speed. Maybe these pieces are ultimately self-portraits, in which the spirits of spectral companions hover; if so, then I must count myself lucky to be indulged by the generosity of the superb musicians.’
‘Bittersweet’ as the title suggests is adventurous, bursting with energy, intense, richly complex yet smooth as silk, the pieces recorded here are a response to music Grabowsky wrote more than 20 years ago for his albums ‘Tee-Vee’ (1992) and ‘Viva Viva’ (1993).
Jazz giant Paul Grabowsky has worked with many jazz luminaries including Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Johnny Griffin, and regularly performs with his own trio, quartet and sextet. He has written the scores for over twenty feature films Grabowsky founded the Australian Art Orchestra, which has toured both nationally and internationally. He has written diverse commissions - for Munich Based jazz group Die Konferenz through to music for the NBC TV-series Noah’s Ark. He has won four ARIA Awards, two Helpmann Awards, and was the Sydney Myer Performing Artist of the Year in 2000.
On this recording Paul Grabowsky is joined by Jamie Oehlers (winner of the 2003 White Foundation World Saxophone Competition held at Montreux Jazz Festival) on tenor saxophone, Andrew Robson on alto and soprano saxophones, James Greening on trombone and Cameron Undy bass and Simon Barker on drums
14Try the Veal07:44
110Waiting for a Fiend09:44