Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Gray-Nettelbeck All-Star Five after Awhile

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Gray-Nettelbeck All-Star Five after Awhile

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The Gray-Nettelbeck All-Star Five After Awhile

Australian Jazz Archive SAJA 10

Andrew Gaetjens (tpt), Bruce Gray (clt/ss/ts), Ted Nettelbeck (p), Sam Zerna (sb), Laurie Kennedy (d) recorded in August and September, 2006

Struttin' With Some Barbecue/After Awhile/In A Sentimental Mood/Someday, Sweetheart/Magpie Strut (version 1)/Mandy, Make Up Your Mind/Blue Hue/Autumn Leaves/Magpie Strut (version 2)/My Inspiration/Nobody Else But Me/Stardust TT:54:00

This recording is the second under review to be made under the auspices of the Australia Council - an arts council working for the Australian government. The first, Bob Barnard Presents Oz Originals, was reviewed in a previous Journal issue. This disc is not as together as the Barnard effort (indeed in places is seems a trifle slapdash), but it is full of compelling music generated by two veterans of the Adelaide Jazz scene.

Reed player Bruce Gray had just past his eightieth birthday when these recordings were made, but his energy belies his age. His tenor on After Awhile echoes its composer Bud Freeman while it echoes a more mainstream style on Autumn Leaves and My Inspiration. Gray's un-fussy clarinet is featured on Someday Sweetheart and Stardust, marking him as first and foremost a Chicago-style player. Perhaps least among his horns is his soprano sax, which takes the lead on Struttin' With Some Barbecue and the first version of his own Magpie Strut.

Pianist Ted Nettelbeck is ten years younger than Gray and has had a varied career as a Jazz player backing numerous visiting guests including Mel Tormé and Buddy Rich. …

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