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Brisbane Jazz Club – Sat Jan 21

This writer’s first visit to the Brisbane Jazz Club – tucked away at a winning Kangaroo Point location – proves to be everything an urban sophisticate would want: cosy atmosphere and world-class live music. Tonight, the latter is generously supplied by a youthful local quartet The Quadratic Contingency, who have already made names for themselves as Musicians In Residence at GoMA.

Launching their new EP >>>>, the combo successfully blur the lines between modern, avant-garde and post-jazz as they showcase a range of new and older tracks. As one would expect from people who have been playing for the better part of their lives, the musicianship is outstanding. Drummer and principal composer Paul Young is “in the zone” all night, brushing and hitting his cymbals and effortlessly switching between intricate rhythms within the space of the same song. Not to be outdone, pianist James Ball embarks on a whole series of keyboard flights and Luke Carbon takes breathless solo turns on both regular and bass clarinet – anchored by double bassist Andrew Lesnewski’s alternately fingerpicked/bowed grooves. Later, vocalist Tamara O’Callahan joins for several moody ballads delving into the nu-jazz/downtempo domain inhabited by The Cinematic Orchestra. Another guest musician, Greshka vibraphonist Andre Bonnetti adds a completely different flair with his tinkling, pretty melodies. Sheer sonic class and professionalism on all counts.


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