The AWB was formed in late 2017. This collaboration builds on previous work between Guy Strazz and pianist Matt McMahon. Their CD “2@1” (Birdland) earned them an Australian Independent Recording Awards nomination for ‘Best jazz album of the year’, and their recording “Mandela” won a Jazz APRA.
The new original works by leader Guy Strazz continue a synthesis of Afro-Brazilian music, jazz, and Indian classical music; an approach previously established on the CDs Calcutta Express (Indie Acoustic Project USA nomination), and Eastern Blues (Rufus) – but there are also simplified harmonies leaning towards Folk/classical music in new tunes such as Taj Mahal, Katak Blues and Darda Funk. Miles Davis’s All Blues is also given a reworking with Indian classical rhythmic/melodic elements.
All Blues (Miles Davis) – this track fades out and in to shorten its length so all solos can be heard.
Taj Mahal (Guy Strazz) acoustic guitar and piano duet
The Riddle (Guy Strazz) – this track fades out and in to shorten its length so all solos can be heard.
Guy Strazz (composer and guitarist) is a recipient of an Australia Council Music Fellowship, a Jazz APRA, a PhD, and multiple album nominations. He is a recognised guitar master, innovative composer and educator that, aside from his celebrated bands such as the Riddle Trio (ABC Jazz), has worked with a long list of great players, including Sandy Evans, Dale Barlow, Roger Frampton, Vince Jones, Steve Hunter, Bobby Singh, David Jones, and Mike Stern.
Matt McMahon (piano) is amongst the most in demand pianists and a main force in Australian jazz today. He made his mark when he won the National Jazz Piano Award at Wangaratta, and the Freedman Fellowship. Aside from his fantastic trio, he plays with Phil Slater, Vince Jones, Katie Noonan, and Dale Barlow to name a few. Matt teaches at Sydney Con Jazz Dept.
Craig Scott (double bass) is a legendary double bass player who has graced the stages of numerous important festivals with players such as Warwick Alder, Joe Henderson, and Red Rodney. He leads his own quintet and was Director of the Jazz Department at Sydney Conservatorium of Music until 2017; he is currently a member of the jazz faculty there.
Dave Goodman (drums) joined the renowned Mike Nock Quartet at 18 and shortly after was runner up in the National Jazz Awards (Wangaratta). Today he is recognised as one of Australia’s most important jazz drummers through his musical associations with the likes of Joe Lovano, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Vince Jones, Mark Isaacs, Steve Barry Quartet, and Matt Keegan Trio.
“So completely are the component parts integrated, providing the players with unique rhythmic and melodic fields upon which to unleash their improvising skills” John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald)
“Guy is one of my favourite Indo-jazz guitarists” Niranjan Jhaveri, Down Beat USA and Director of
“Guy is a great player and composer” Mike Stern (SBS Radio)
Guest-book comments from the AWB concert at Gosford Conservatorium, Saturday 7 April 2018:
“Excellent performance”, “Absolute fabulous music”, “The performance was fab!”, “Absolutely Brilliant“.
TOUR TECH SPECS/REQUIREMENTS
1 x tuned grand piano such as Kawai or Yamaha.
1 x AER Compact 60 acoustic guitar amp
1 x Fender Twin guitar amp
1 x double bass amp
1 x drumkit
4 x fold-back wedges
1 x guitar stool (no armrest)