Review: A staple of the Australian Music scene, pals Lewis Moody, Ziggy Zeigeist and Matthew Hayes of Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange offer-up their second album, a collection of jaunty jazz-funk, jazz-house and spaced-out jams guaranteed to improve your mood in these most troubling of times. There's much to enjoy from start to finish, from the fizzing dancefloor jazz rush of "Logan's Run" and the synth-sporting Afro-jazz/jazz-funk fusion of "Candy Flip", to the bubbly boogie-jazz positivity of "River Run Deep" and the hazy house warmth of "Still Swag", a kind of update of the mid 1990s St Germain sound that's worth the entrance fee on its own.
Review: It would be fair to say that Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter are not your average jazz trio. For starters, we can't think of many other trios comprised of a double bassist, a tabla player and a saxophonist. It's a musical line-up that guarantees intriguing, intoxicating and exotic music, as "Good Hope" emphatically proves. There's something genuinely alluring about the trio's combination of intricate table rhythms, inventive and off-kilter double bass lines, and sax solos that wind their way around both like a fell runner zig-zagging his or her way up a windswept mountainside. It's jazz, Jim, but not as we know it.
Review: Since debuting in 1978, composer and saxophonist John Zorn has built up a reputation as someone who regularly pulls jazz in different directions, following experimental or free-jazz sets with atonal workouts, modal movements or lounge jazz pleasantries. "Calculous", his latest two-part composition, crams a similar number of stylistic changes into its 40-minute duration, though remarkably those playing it - bassist Trevor Dunn, drummer Kenny Wollenson and pianist Brian Marsella (Zorn is on production duties) - never skip a beat or stifle a surprise change-up. As a result, the two-part affair makes for hugely impressive and engrossing listening, with the resultant album being one of the most dynamic new jazz sets we've heard this year.