Magazine article IAJRC Journal

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Bernie McGann

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Bernie McGann - as; Roger Mannis - ts; Warwick Alder - tpt; Lloyd Swanton - bs; John Pochee - dms: Sydney - 21 Jan, 2006.

(I) Birthday Song/Spirit Song/D. Day.

(II) Blues For Pablo Two and Ballad medley/Lover Man, Where Are You, and My Old Flame/Salaam. [TT: 103:00]

This most recent release by the photographically elusive Bernie McGann, one of Australia's jazz treasures (back at least to 1965, he's shown at left from a different, Terra Nova release), is drawn from a couple of blowing-date sets recorded at the Sound Lounge under the sponsorship if the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA). Here he's with his usual backing (Swanton and Pochee), but with local Warwick Alder and New Zealander Manins also in tow. SIMA head caught Mannis at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (one of the world's best and most original/innovative annual festivals) in 2005 and decided that he had to play for his organization: top of his wish-list was McGann, and he got his wish, plus some other heavy-hitters from the Sydney scene. …

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