7 August, 2019
Inspired by Dave Brubeck’s timeless hit, we’re taking some time out each month to give you the scoop on five things we’re excited about. Keep reading to find out what albums we have on repeat, what we’ve got in the diary and what’s new in jazz that has us giddy.
WHAT WE'VE BEEN LISTENING TO...
Sunny Side Up (2019 – Brownswood Recordings)
You may have heard some of the buzz about this album – it was featured in the Guardian and has been getting some reviews since it was released in July. It is a snapshot of a movement that’s ready to boil over. Melbourne is home to a new generation of young, independent musicians that have embraced a brash DIY spirit, recording in share-houses and makeshift home studios, in the garages and backyard sheds of Melbourne’s suburban sprawl.
Recorded over a week at The Grove, a fabled house-cum-studio in the North Melbourne suburb of Coburg, nine of Melbourne’s hotly-tipped talents take the lead with their own take on a musical form rooted in jazz.
You can listen to the full album here.
We love MIJF favourite Audrey Powne’s ‘Bleeding Hearts’.
Blue Note Classics on Spotify
From the cutting edge to some jazz history. We’ve been giving this playlist from Blue Note Records a work out this month. Give it a listen and take a tour through the big names, iconic tunes and ground-breaking albums released by the legendary label.
WHAT'S IN THE DIARY...
Björk Interpreted: A Sun That is Still Burning
Is there anything Claire Cross can’t do? The bassist/composer together with an ensemble of some of Melbourne’s most exciting young improvisers has re-imagined a collection of pieces from Iceland’s most famous export – Björk. The show features special guests vocalist Louisa Rankin and electronic artist Tom Barton, with visual score projection by mixed-media artist Rhys Newling.
It’s a beautiful project from an exceptionally talented and ambitious group of artists at the top of their game.
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love at MIFF
In the 1960s, the Greek island of Mydra was a bohemian haven for expat writers, artists and musicians. Among them, a depressed Canadian poet and aspiring novelist – Leonard Cohen.
This documentary from acclaimed director Nick Broomfield explores the relationship of Cohen’s muse Marianne Ihlen. Yes, that Marianne. She inspired Cohen to set his words of love to music but as the song ‘So Long, Marianne’ suggests, their love was anything but simple.
Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love is a moving portrait of two lovers, a thoughtful musing on the passage of time and an elegy to a lost decade of free love.
WHAT WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT...
Gregory Porter releases The Hang
We’re pretty jazzed about a new project from one of the smoothest voices in music – Gregory Porter. But it’s not an album. And you won’t be hearing him sing.
Porter is releasing a new 10-week podcast series called The Hang.
"It's beautifully simple - in each episode, I sit down and talk with a close friend of mine, we shoot the breeze about music, life, cars, food, wine, whatever..."
Over the course of ten weeks, the singer welcomes guests like saxophonist Kamasi Washington, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, filmmaker Amma Asante, broadcaster Gilles Peterson and singer Annie Lennox.
First up in the series a smooth operator of a different kind, cult hero, actor and musician Jeff Goldblum.
The Hang is released on 8 August. You’ll find it on the Apple Podcasts app or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Here’s the trailer.