James Macaulay - trombone
Steve Grant - piano
Tamara Murphy - double bass
James McLean - drums
1—Christmas Day Love Song
3—Three Minute Blitz
5—Stand Up Flat
All music composed by James Macaulay except
Stand Up Flat composed by Steve Grant.
Linear Notes by Eugene Ball:
It’s a creeper, this record. I was there when it went down, but I
can’t recall the tracking order – I wonder if it was the same as they
appear here. Actually, who cares – the result is gorgeous; a portrait
of honesty and humility that threatens to crack it’s so fragile at
times – a bit like James/Jimmy/Bison in that respect…
I like that I can ‘hear’ him on this record - literally, obviously,
but I mean the fella too. He’s a paleo-romantic; old-school, that is –
heart on his sleeve (foot in his mouth often enough), that sort of
thing. Hates a drink, loves a rave; happiest when they coincide. A
(mostly) walking contradiction; a disciplined lush. I mean, look at
him: Hair like a beast (bison?), worst posture ever… But what a sound
– you can’t argue with that – brimming with generosity, wit, and a
whole lot of Higgy.
He’s also bright enough to surround himself with greatness in Stevie
(check him out on Lingering Notes), Tam and James/Jimmy drums: never
static, never coasting; always bringing themselves to the party. You
can tell too that James’ gigantic brain has had a hand in writing the
tunes, but thankfully it’s the lyricism in them that leaves the most
He’s a lot of things is James, as is this record. But mostly he’s a
sweet guy who plays the ass out of the trombone and writes some cool
supported by 6 fans who also own “Three minute blitz”
Such beautiful, soulful jazz.
The music here is superbly composed, with compositions that ebb and flow as naturally as the flowing of water, which lends a reflective, elegiac feel to the entire album.
What is particularly impressive is the intuitive feel between all players, with the saxophonists, Julien Wilson and Carl Mackey being especially good throughout.
This is one of the best Australian jazz albums I've heard. Music as natural as breathing. Michael Mueller