John Scurry has been a stalwart of the Australian swing and traditional Jazz scene for five decades. He has performed at major Jazz festivals throughout Australia, Europe and North America with iconic bands including The Red Onions.
This star- studded band line-up will present original material from his latest recording “Post Matinee”, as well as a mix of favourite Jazz tunes, in a distinctive style.
John states “This CD is a selection of tunes of mine written over some years and conceived specifically for this recording. I can liken it to having an exhibition of paintings wherein there is no articulated concept or theme at play, rather a gathering of works that hopefully co- habit together and make sense musically. Most of the pieces were kept relatively short so as to state them as tunes in their various guises and feels and not as extensive flights of improvisation”
Scurry's music, although irresistibly swinging, is MUSIC ﬁrst, jazz second. I imagine a dance programme ranging from uptown funk to pastoralia, or soundtrack music for a never seen Dennis Potter project. Each song is complete and shapely: a painting or photograph in itself which is apt. I am thrilled to hear so much of his playing out in the open. Of the players I write, as would Louis, that they are 'Topmen On Their Instruments', masters of tonation and phrasing. Michael Steinman JAZZ LIVES
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