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The debut album from The Jack Earle Big Band! This album features the past 3 years worth of compositions and arrangements by Jack Earle, performed with his 18 piece big band made up of some of the finest musicians in Melbourne, Australia.
The following is the Forward from the album as found in the liner notes:
"Talent. You could say that Jack Earle possesses talent. Talent is an unfortunate word that is incessantly misused. Talent implies a gift from higher powers; beyond control, will or determination. I don’t believe in talent. Jack demonstrates that talent is not what is needed. Passion, grit, drive and ambition are the qualities that have produced what you are holding in your hands now; the music you are listening to. This is music that has been summoned, fought for and coaxed from the higher powers through sheer will and determination. This music is not the result of an unearned gift.
What you are listening to is the culmination of many years of a young musician being uncompromising about realising the vision he hears in his head. The work ethic to realise this vision of sound is impressive.
In such an established genre such as jazz, many well-trodden avenues and pathways have been explored already, drawing upon a wide source of inspirations, and influences. Saying something new can be challenging. In developing his compositional voice Jack draws upon a wide range of sources, which is evident in the unique aural palette documented on this recording. The music that you are hearing pushes the boundaries in the most musical of ways. There are moments when the intrepid listener will be rewarded with compelling sonic explorations. These moments always have a reference, a purpose. Musical boundaries are pushed outwards to define the central essence.
Music for the head, music for the feet, music for the heart and music for other areas too. Sure, you can listen to this album and hear the lush orchestrations, the groovy grooves and the tight ensemble work. Listen deeper and you will hear more, far more. You will hear respect. You will hear the smiles on the band’s faces when it’s absolutely in the pocket. Listen even closer and you may hear Serps yelling out a “hurgh” when something badass goes down. You will hear band members listening and responding when someone does a particularly tasty solo. What I hear when I listen and play in this band is fulfilment. I hear satisfaction and happiness from fully developing this ensemble to the best of our abilities. It is a pleasure to play in this band. The brothers and sisters of this band are challenged, inspired, and proud to hold their seats.
What is exciting about playing with Jack is that you have to bring your A game. There is no place to hide. He hears everything. He senses what you are going to do and responds to it. To play in this band, you better be listening with big ears. Every time we play together I hear something different; a new colour, a new idea that Jack has worked on and assimilated into his toolkit of musical ideas. This is what defines Jack as a musician worthy of listening to; every time he plays you will hear something new. What Jack possesses is beyond talent.
To all those who have taught, inspired, pushed, challenged, played with and contributed to Jack being who he is, thank you. As the listener of this album, thank you for sharing in the journey of this remarkable young musician. You will no doubt hear many more exciting musical projects coming from Jack.
Thanks for listening!"
- Dr Tim Nikolsky
released August 12, 2015
Jack Earle (Leader, Composer, Arranged, Piano, Trumpet)
Robert Simone (Alto Sax)
Victor Brincat (Alto Sax)
Tarko Sibbel (Tenor Sax)
Nathaniel Poynter (Tenor Sax, Clarinet)
Stuart Byrne (Bari Sax, Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute)
Matthew Tubman (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Daniel Heskett (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
David Hirst (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Melanie Wilkinson (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Andrew Serpell (Trombone)
Ash Richter (Trombone)
Zena Hudnott (Trombone)
Adam Arnold (Bass Trombone)
Gerard Assi (Guitar)
Timothy Nikolsky (Acoustic & Electric Bass)
Mathew Duniam (Drums)
Rose Muller (Vocals)
Guest Soloist: Paul Williamson (Trumpet)
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Ross Cockle
Photography: David Banen, Kevin Edwardes
Artwork: Gerard Assi, Jack Earle
Logo: Gerard Hindle
Recorded June 13 & 14 at Allan Eaton Studio, St Kilda
The Jack Earle Big Band is run by Pianist, Trumpet Player, Vocalist, Composer and MD Jack Earle, and features 18 of the finest musicians in Melbourne, regularly playing in some of the cities most well known jazz venues.