Thursday, 7th November 2013
The Basement, 29 Reiby Pl, Circular Quay
Jonathan Zwartz is one of Australia's finest double bass players and composers and a man who takes his time to get things just right. It took over 20 years of thought to make his highly acclaimed 2009 debut The Sea, which has become one of Australia's most popular jazz albums reaching a worldwide audience. So a new album from him is both a special event and a relief as he's upped the work rate. The relatively brief five year wait for a follow up is over.
Like The Sea, The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air is a stunning album of immense emotion and depth. Once again Zwartz has gathered together the finest players, reuniting Sea band members - Barney McAll (piano), Phil Slater (trumpet), Hamish Stuart (drums) and Fabian Hevia (percussion), and introducing Julien Wilson (tenor saxophone), James Greening (trombone), Richard Maegraith (saxophone/bass clarinet) and Steve Magnusson (guitar) to masterfully play his subtle, shimmering music.
With Barney McAll based in New York, getting this exact band of stellar players together only happens once every few years, but the stars will align for one Sydney Concert only featuring the full band playing music from 'The Remembering and the Forgetting of the Air'.
Those lucky enough to have seen the handful of shows this band has ever played will know this concert is not to be missed.
'In a world of stress, friction, worry and the relentless buzz of necessity Jonathan Zwartz creates music akin to the release of a long sigh; music that inclines us to let the sounds wash over us ... it has a deep peacefulness and a simple beauty ... with wandering melodies leading to gorgeous soft-focus solos ... diaphanous, swelling and finally haunting.' John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald 2013
'This is a stunningly beautiful album, full of warmth, with touches of Ellington and Mingus, of soul and pop. The compositions develop organically and effortlessly adding to the feeling that the album is a suite of connected pieces. Zwartz has come up with another superb album.' Phil Sandford, Australian Jazz 2013
'Bass player extraordinaire ... Jonathan Zwartz.' Iain Sheddan, The Australian 2013