Steve Hunter - Cosmos
For over thirty years Steve Hunter has been creating original electric
jazz music as band leader, bass player and composer. He has also played
with some of the jazz giants, including Billy Cobham and Chick Corea.
return of Andrew Gander (drums) to Sydney, with whom Steve has a long
musical history, was the catalyst for the creation of this quartet. Matt
McMahon is one of Australia's most respected and tasteful keyboard
players. Relative newcomer Matt Keegan is making waves on sax.
this line up, good music is expected. But occasionally the planets are
in alignment and a particular gig captures an ineffable greatness. One
night the gods were smiling and such a gig was recorded at 505 in
The band hadn't set out with the intention of
recording a live album. It was only when Steve listened to the tape that
he knew something magical had been captured. This is Steve's first
ever live album.
Reviewed in the Australian July 12th
Four and a half stars.
Picture Dirty Harry on a San Francisco
rooftop, scouting the trajectory of a sniperís bullet. Thatís the cool
jazz vibe of bassist Steve Hunterís latest album, Cosmos, yet this is no
Clint Eastwood crime thriller soundtrack. Cosmos is very Australia
2014. It is updated, virtuoso jazz fusion with inventive improvisation,
recorded at Sydneyís Venue 505.
Cosmos is Hunterís ninth album as
band leader and he sets out with his remarkable quartet to give new
treatments to his compositions. Itís adventurous considering the calibre
of the musicians: Matt McMahon on piano, Andy Gander on drums and Matt
Keegan on sax. McMahonís electric keyboards and the driving, yet often
subtle, sublime tempo-shift drumming of Gander give Cosmos a nostalgic
feel of Miles Davis from Bitches Brew, but the music jumps to more
contemporary jazz realms.
Cosmos has no guitar: Hunter fills that
void with bass, adding melody, playing chords. Hunter tunes The Kingston
Grin and Letís Look are jazz with a fusion tinge, while Area 51 is a
reflective tribute to musicians including Bill Evans, Roger Frampton and