Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Vol Atile - He Can Fly

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Vol Atile - He Can Fly

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[Australian] Air Force Jazz Ensemble

Vol Atile - He Can Fly

RAAF Central Band 2006

Paul Williamson - tpt; Ralph Whitcoak - as/sop; Jeff Vague ts; Greg Gear - pno, keys; Steve Temple - bs; Ben van der Akker - dms; w. Liz Hennessy - fl; Angela Richmond - bs clt; John Warren - tu. Recorded Melbourne, VIC, 3-7 Oct., 2006.

Get 'Em Up/Time Has Taken It/Space Chimps/Trust/ Volatile/ Green/East Meets West/There's a Time and Place/The Tale of the Sorrowful Clown/Ballad of the Lonely Chimp/These Four Walls/Where's Your Ladder/The Defiant Stick. TT: 66:06.

This one arrived in my mailbox at radio station 2MBS last year when I was still on-air there with a jazz show ('Pent Up House') on a bi-weekly basis. I naturally didn't have high expectations... I mean, what could one expect from an Air Force band? So it got filed away in the "I'll get to that one day" pile. Now I'm playing catch-up and I wish I'd gotten to this CD sooner for, surprisingly, it's a real winner, worthy of air-time, at least!

The band is an occasionally-augmented sextet playing a fourteen-selection collection of well thought-out original material by the main players. Except for the bassist Steve Temple, all are members of the Royal Australian Air Force's musical community specifically recruited for the group and are based in Melbourne. "Through performances at cultural events and public festivals, this unique ensemble fosters a valuable bond between the RAAF and the wider community" it says on the notes! …

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