Sam Anning, Allan Browne, Marc Hannaford - Homage
"It can be done. The Keith Jarrett Trio did it for two tunes on the "My Foolish Heart" CD, and now pianist Marc Hannaford, bassist Sam Anning and drummer Allan Browne do it for an entire album. The "it" in question is interpreting songs from jazz's earliest years in the idiom of now.
Given this trio's success, you would never pick the inherent problem of performing this material in anything other than the original vernacular: it can sound like pastiche. Browne, of course, is steeped in playing the music of Ellington, Armstrong and Morton in the legitimate 1920s style, and this project is the apotheosis of his years of jumping between classic jazz and rampant modernity.
It helps no end that Hannaford is one of the most forward-thinking Australian jazz musicians in his harmonic and rhythmic conception, as well as being one of the most engaging pianists we have, and Anning's warmth ensures the results never seem like a musicological exercise.
John Shand SMH