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Paul Grabowsky - The Bitter Suite

Paul Grabowsky is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor – and one of Australia’s jazz legends. ABC Jazz is proud to present his new album: The Bitter Suite.

Playing with a largely Sydney- based band for the first time since the late 1980s, Grabowsky has brought together some of the strongest players on the scene – possibly the finest jazz musicians Australia has ever produced. They have all been drawn to the music, he says, for the same reason: that the night beckons.

The album, says Grabowsky, is music of the night – specifically, the Australian night. It was written in an ‘urgent tumble’ in just a couple of weeks, and draws on everything from the Rolling Stones to Rachmaninoff, with fluid, rhapsodic solos and tight rhythmic groove:

‘The process of creating is obscure. I sometimes understand it as a reordering of everything we remember or have forgotten, a series of combinatorial reshuffles done at warp speed. Maybe these pieces are ultimately self-portraits, in which the spirits of spectral companions hover; if so, then I must count myself lucky to be indulged by the generosity of the superb musicians.’

 

His current Sextet boasts a stellar lineup with Jamie Oehlers (tenor saxophone) Andrew Robson (alto saxophone), James Greening (trombone), Cameron Undy (bass) and Simon Barker (drums). 

Paul Grabowsky - The Bitter Suite 


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