Tate sheridan

Album: Tate Sheridan
Artist:   Tate Sheridan
Release Date: March 2015
Label:    Independent

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Here’s the evidence that something other than politics can come out of Canberra and furthermore something of original high musical quality. Pianist Tate Sheridan has followed his 2014 debut album In Hiding, with saxophonist Calum Builder to introduce this newest release of his piano trio. Sheridan is a graduate of the ANU and as with the previous collection the self-titled album is funded by the Friends of the ANU School of Music. All eight tracks here are Sheridan originals and stylistically they vary from the fast-running opener, Please No Questions featuring a quick piano flow of changing ideas and a smart bass solo from James Luke, to the fragmented theme of Run Don’t Walk, and an ultra-slow, seriously profound piece, Onward Outward.

There are occasional vague echoes of Oscar Peterson in Sheridan’s swinging solo on House Arrest but with the Canberran’s characteristic addition of unpredictable, yet interesting variations in direction. Lone Gunman is a seriously slow ballad with weighty passages of bowed bass, staccato chordal piano and a pounding beat. Another slower composition, Grace is a relaxed exploration of a pastoral theme with drummer Aidan Lowe using brushes to good effect and when the piano branches out there is a slightly soulful undercurrent, neatly investigated in the bass solo, followed by the piano building to a stately finale.

Sheridan is a talented young composer and pianist destined for a role of national importance on the Australian jazz scene.

For just over 24 years I have been a freelance writer, publishing in that time a wide variety of genres: news items, live concert reviews, travel articles, features, personality profiles, and CD and book reviews. I have written for various in-flight magazines, The Adelaide Review, The Republican, The Bulletin, The Australian, The Advertiser, The Melbourne Herald Sun and several regional newspapers. In 1994 I won a national travel-writing prize sponsored by The Australian newspaper, which led to my writing regularly for that paper. Since 2003 I have been jazz critic for The Advertiser and The Australian newspapers, on average contributing weekly to each paper. In 2005 I won a national Jazz Writing Competition sponsored by the Wangaratta Jazz Festival.