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Paul Williamson Quintet - Talk It Up!


Album Description

September 2002 marks the second release from the Paul Williamson Quintet, 'Talk It Up!' featuring 8 striking Williamson originals - each with their own expressive and musical journey.

'Talk It Up!' produces a mix of interesting and adventurous contemporary jazz, further cementing Williamson as an exciting and individual trumpet voice on the Australian jazz scene. His quintet features equally outstanding players...trombonist Jordan Murray, saxman Anton Delecca, bassist Phillip Rex, and drummer Danny Fischer. The Paul Williamson Quintet has been a working ensemble for 3 years, playing regularly at Melbourne's premiere jazz clubs Bennetts Lane and Dizzy's. The quintet has received wide airplay on Jim Mcleod's ABC Jazztrack, and PBS, 'Dizzy Atmosphere' (Gerry Koster) and 'The Pearls' (Kenny Weir) amongst numerous others, and received glowing reviews both nationally and internationally. "Their debut recording from last year...was confronting and edgy, but there's even more tension and release this time around...It's contemporary jazz that nods towards the traditions, almost orchestral in its conception, and the material, written by Williamson, has the players working off each other in occasionally manic dialogue. If it's not immediately accessible, the deviations from the straight and narrow make it exciting." ***1/2 Leon Gettler, The Age.

"World class stuff...highly individual trumpet style." Jim Mcleod, ABC Jazztrack

"Bloody Brilliant...very Melbourne and very magnificent" Kenny Weir, Sunday Herald Sun.

Following the highly successful debut release in 2001 of 'Non-Consensual Head Compression' the quintet has continued to evolve both compositionally and as an ensemble, playing with competence, conviction, and creativity. Since graduating from Victorian College of the Arts in 1994, Williamson has spent time studying music in New York and playing professionally with many of Australia's most outstanding musicians. Williamson has been involved in a diverse variety of musical environments - playing, touring, recording and composing with ensembles such as Los Cabrones, Rumberos, James Morrison, Scott Tinkler, Kate Cebrano, The Badloves, Ben Folds Five, Ian Chaplin, The Brown Hornet, Chris Wilson, the Bennetts Lane Big Band, Kim Salmon, Mingus 101 Band, Sam Keevers, Jamie Oehlers, Michelle Nicole, Mark and Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Julien Wilson and Adrian Sherriff's Onysemble.

Williamson has also appeared at numerous festivals including...Wangaratta International Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, St. Kilda Festival, Chapel Street Festival, Brunswick Street Festival, and Monsalvat Jazz Festival as well as touring internationally to Noumea. In addition to his own quintet, Williamson regularly plays in other original projects including...Trumpet A-Go-Go (with fellow trumpeter Scott Tinkler), Sam Keevers' Los Cabrones and Rumberos (Australian premiere original Latin ensembles), Slur (with Tim Wilson, Sam Keevers, Scott Lambie & Fergus Lloyd), and Sam Graham's Empty (with Kynan Robinson, Chris Hale and Danny Fischer.)

Album Tracks

  1. Talk It Up
  2. Suite For The Good
  3. Suite For The Bad
  4. Suite For The Ugly
  5. Piece For Peace
  6. Expressing An Experience
  7. Blo-Key
  8. The White Bullet

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