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Tokyo Love In & Yama Sarshar: Nights In Dubai   UP
 


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Nights in Dubai - Chillout Lounge Sessions by Sydney based Tokyo Love-In, is a magical collision of Eastern traditions, global beats and Western “electronic jazz” fused with the live improvisations of tabla virtuoso, Yama Sarshar. Electronic artist, Tokyo Love-In (Michael K. Chin) produces a unique, sophisticated sound influenced by his extensive travels, jamming with J-Pop bands and Bhangarra bands. Tokyo Love-In first fell in love with the sounds of the East when he heard the sitar. He studied Indian Classical Music with Ustad Sarshar, father of Yama.  


Album Download: AUD $13.50

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Tim Rollinson Trio: You Tunes   UP
 


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Rollinson, Zwartz and Stuart have each contributed to the Australian music scene over many years, notably, but not solely, in jazz. Rollinson is perhaps best known as the guitarist and a composer in DIG (Directions in Groove) and a past member of the Vince Jones band. Zwartz has graced many projects (Tina Harrod, Barney McAll, Pharoah Sanders), and is one of the most highly regarded bass players in this part of the world. Stuart has been the drummer in bands as diverse as Jackie Orszaczky, Ian Moss, The Catholics, to name just a few.  


Album Download: AUD $15.20

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The Modern Congress: The Hidden Soul Of Harmony   UP
 


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Going under the guise ‘The Modern Congress’, creator Tim Rollinson (ex DIG) delivers ‘The Hidden Soul of Harmony’, a smooth seductress that aims (and succeeds) to tease and tantalise lovers of contemporary jazz. Creatively composed and expertly produced this album moves gracefully between various styles and techniques whilst maintaining its air of charm, sophistication and intrigue.  


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Smith & Bruer Band: Searching For A Cool Basement   UP
 


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Smith and Bruer Band is a collaboration between Canadian guitarist Tony Smith and Australian saxophonist Jason Bruer. Tony Smith's funky guitar style and Jason Bruer's soulful sax, combines perfectly to produce an exciting and highly accessible sound. Smith and Bruer became established on the UK scene, and gained widespread respect within London's competitive music industry. Between them they have played and recorded with a veritable Who's Who of the music business including Roy Ayres, Eric Clapton, Jocelyn Brown, Van Morrison, BB King, Jools Holland R&B Orchestra and Ray Gaskins.  


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Sean Mackenzie: Brasil   UP
 


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Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Sean Mackenzie is an eccentric wizard on a worldwide journey through music. His explorations into less conventional, indigenous sounds have seen him specialise in piano, thumb piano and the beautiful Brazilian instruments of berimbau and pandeiro.  


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Sam McNally: Jubilation   UP
 


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Sam McNally is one of Australia's best and most experienced pianists/keyboard-players, having been at the forefront of the Australian music scene for over 30 years. Jubilation comprises much of his own material and featuring the great Tommy Emmanuel on the title track. The album also features a unique reading of U2's 'Still Haven't Found' amongst so many more great funky/jazzy/bluesy tracks. Jazz Fusion? Jazz Rock? Latin Funk? Yes, and more.  


Album Download: AUD $11.50

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Sally Street: One Bite At The Cherry   UP
 


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Sally Street released her second jazz album, One Bite At The Cherry in 2008. The album served as an exclamation mark to her stellar career and maintained the momentum created by her critically-acclaimed debut jazz album. One Bite At The Cherry is supported by extensive airplay across jazz and blues radio stations Australia wide. Sally performs in Australia and internationally with her bands, consisting of the cream of the Australian jazz scene. Born into a musical family, Sally has completed AMEB piano studies and is mentored by jazz vocal legends Kerrie Biddell, Joy Yates and Steve Clisby.  


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Philharmonix: Silk Flag   UP
 


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Silk Flag is a chill out lounge album of jazz infused 'folktronica'. Released in 2005 by Philharmonix led by accordionist Philippe Wittwer.  


Album Download: AUD $6.90

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Noemi Liba: Freefall   UP
 


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The 2005 debut album by Noemi Liba. Freefall reveals Noemi Liba as a sophisticated and daring song writer/performer whose compositions are sumptuous and intelligent, visceral and cerebral. Her lyrics are an honest, direct poetry, encased in lush musical soundscapes: visual, sensual and highly evocative. Inspired by the expansive worlds of Middle Eastern, Jazz, String Quartet Chamber Music and Trance, Noemi has created a new musical space. Vocally, Noemi manoeuvres effortlessly between husky and pure, between the spoken and soaring melodically.  


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Noemi Liba: See, Saw   UP
 


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Soulful vocal phrasing, soaring live string arrangements, stark medieval horns, intricate eastern percussion, loops and samples - Noemi Liba's music is a beautiful tapestry of daring arrangements, striking beats and poetry. Ornate, yet still raw, this is definitively original and never less than stunning. Noemi now follows up with her long awaited first full length album, 'See, Saw' mixed over six intensive months by three times Grammy winner John Hudson.  


Album Download: AUD $9.99

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Noel Elmowy: Feelin' Good   UP
 


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Noel Elmowy is a jazz, soul and funk pianist playing in the Sydney and London scenes since the mid-70s. 'Feelin' Good was Recorded in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, California. The album delivers the whole gamut of fusion styles and features special guest saxophonist Gerald Albright and vocalists Doug Williams, Erana Clark and Keren Minshull.  


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Nikki Doll and the Penny Drops: Tropical Theatre EP   UP
 


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Tropical Theatre is the sampler EP by Nikki Doll and the Penny Drops. Possessing her unique essence of nostalgic razzmatazz, Cosmopolitan Singer and Consummate Performer Nikki Doll proclaims the spirit of Gospel Soul, Rhythm 'N' Blues, with an eclectic selection of Afro Jazz Roots, Funk and World Groove Fusions. The flicks at the Tropical Theatre were a Saturday Arvo ritual for generations of Cairns kids: a box of Jaffas, a serial, a cartoon and an Elvis movie – bliss!  


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Martinez: Space Belle   UP
 


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The Martinez Electic Band is a truly unique tour de force of musical genius spanning 2 generations rarely seen in the modern music industry of this era: not only do they share a bond of skillful mastery with their instruments - they are also a rock-solid family unit. Riding on the success of the Chilean-born Martinez Trio (Father, Victor Martinez and eldest sons, Andro and Dauno), the Martinez Electric Band was formed to include younger brothers Fenix and Banel, creating a fusion of modern jazz.  


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Marc Mittag Trio: The Interview   UP
 


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Australian guitarist, Mark Mittag, recorded his debut album, The Interview, in New York with acclaimed drummer Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters etc), Charles Fambrough (Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner etc) and Eric Udel (The Blues Brothers, Ray Charles etc) alternate on bass. Marc was the guitarist for indie bands Skinful and Standing on Shoulders. This album is raw, exciting and intense - the beginning of a great new sound. This is funky attitude, storytelling and lyrical improvising.  


Album Download: AUD $11.80

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Kees Steen Trio: Backtracking   UP
 


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Kees Steen, the "man with the golden tonsils", and magic touch, on the guitar. Dutch born and raised in Indonesia, Kees travelled the world before settling in Sydney where he performs regularly with his own Jazz trio. On Acoustic Bass, Frenchman and Jazz man extraordinaire Alex Compton and Calvin Welch from the USA on drums.  


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Justine Bradley: Uncharted Waters   UP
 


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Refreshing and life affirming lyrics, powerful compositions and exquisite musicianship led by Justine's evocative voice. An uplifting auditory experience.  


Album Download: AUD $12.95

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Justine Bradley: New Wings   UP
 


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An uplifting collection of intimate songs with Justine's distinctive poetic lyrics, strong melodies and featuring contemporary improvisation from some excellent musicians. Justine's compositions are interspersed with collaborations with USA saxophonist Gordon Brisker and another with Michael Kahr, which captures the crystalline beauty of snowfall over pristine Viennese mountains. Justine's jazz version of her composition Future's Past was originally commissioned by Roger Woodward for the Sydney Spring Festival has been included in the Australian Real Book.  


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James Hampton: Land Or Sea   UP
 


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Land or Sea is the 2008 debut album by James Hampton. The singer, songwriter and pianist released the album after a year of arranging and recording.

"This 10-track debut takes the listener through a fantastic musical journey of jazz, funk, pop and soul, gloriously stamped with an amazing, careless, yet intelligent sound, that can only be described as James Hampton." Shannon Deery, Sun Herald Sunday, 25 January 2009

 


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Hamish Stuart: Someone Else's Child   UP
 


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There aren't many styles drummer Hamish Stuart hasn't mastered, and the list of musicians he's played with and who are now his fans is even longer. Now, with his first 'solo' album 'Someone Else's Child' Hamish Stuart proves he has a gift for composition as well. As Australia's much-loved and respected 'rhythm king', Hamish called upon an extraordinary family of world class musicians to help out with this project including Chris Abrahams, Dave Symes, Ben Hauptmann, the late Jackie Orszaczky, Tina Harrod and Phil Slater among many others.  


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Errol H. Renaud: Panlove   UP
 


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Panlove features the Steelpan also know as the Steel Drum or simply Pan. The Steelpan was born in the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad & Tobago some time in the 1940’s and is the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century. The music for the album was recorded "live" at JMF studio in Sydney, Australia and mixed at Soundguy Production. The songs are a mix of original compositions and well known cover songs. All of the melodies on Panlove are played with the Steelpan.  


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