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JAZZCHORD ARTICLES

Between 1993 and 2002, 64 editions of JazzChord were published by the Jazz Co-ordination Association of New South Wales. This folder includes a selection of articles from those editions. Articles published in JazzChord appear on this site also in the JOHN CLARE, JAZZ CO-ORDINATION, BOOK REVIEWS, CONTRIBUTIONS and OBITUARIES folders. Readers can click on the INDEX button for a list of articles in this folder.

 
 Tom Baker  Photo credit Alex Hutchinson

Tom Baker

Photo credit Alex Hutchinson

DEATH OF THE BOSS

by Tony Baldwin

JazzChord, Dec 01/Jan 02

Tom Baker’s awesome command of half a dozen instruments in virtually any listenable idiom tended to overshadow his more subtle talent of diplomatist, which made him such a terrific bandleader and, to his lasting credit, a more consistently effective ambassador for his adopted country than any Foreign Affairs bureaucrat could ever hope to be…

 Anthony Steel, artistic director of the 1995 Telecom Sydney Jazz Festival

Anthony Steel, artistic director of the 1995 Telecom Sydney Jazz Festival

THE VEXED QUESTION OF SOUND BALANCE IN JAZZ

by Eric Myers

JazzChord, Feb/Mar, 2001

Recently I’ve been listening to the Keith Jarrett Trio’s two-CD set Whisper Not, recorded live in Paris in 1999. It’s interesting to consider its sound balance. I heard the trio live at Umbria Jazz 2000 in Perugia, Italy where, even though it was in the open air, the sound was very beautiful - crystal clear, but not loud, with superb separation of sound. By that I mean you could hear each instrument clearly, and could marvel at the subtle interactions between the three master musicians in the trio: Jarrett (piano),  Gary Peacock (double bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums)...

 Willow Neilson

Willow Neilson

INTERVIEW WITH THE WILLOW NEILSON QUARTET

Conducted by Eric Myers

JazzChord, Oct/Nov, 2001

The Sydney quartet led by the saxophonist Willow Neilson left in late September, 2001, to participate in the Jazz Hoeilaart Inter’l Belgium, an international jazz contest for youth ensembles. Other than Willow, the group includes Gerard Masters (piano, from Christchurch, New Zealand)), Brendan Clarke (double bass, from Canberra), and the Sydney drummer Craig Simon. The views of these young musicians on music and the jazz scene reflect the mixture of optimism and realism which characterises many of the musicians of their generation...