Melbourne bassist-composer Sam Anning releases his third album as bandleader ‘Across A Field As Vast As One’, on Earshift Music.
The band will be touring nationally, performing at the Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney Con International Jazz Festivals this June. The National Jazz Award winning bassist has assembled an all-star Australian jazz cast to bring to life his stunning compositions, featuring trumpeter Mat Jodrell, saxophonists Julien Wilson and Carl Mackey, pianist Andrea Keller, and drummer Danny Fischer. ‘Across A Field As Vast As One’ traverses eight original Anning compositions, drawing on diverse influences including his years living in New York City, the Australian landscape, recent world events and most of all, a homage to his late great mentor, the Australian drummer Allan Browne.
Anning sums up Browne’s influence on his music with the phrase “music is far too important to take seriously.” The band has been performing together for the past three years, with recent appearances at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, The Jazzlab and Bennetts Lane Jazz Club. Each member is an outstanding musician in their own right, with a long collaborative history with Anning. “I love playing with this group of players”, says Anning, “I’ve been working with these musicians for almost 16 years, and they are some of my favourite people in the world. The album is an exhibition of music that has been somewhere in my periphery for a number of years. Some pieces have taken shape over long periods of revision, such as Talking Wall, and others were composed quickly, close to the initial source of inspiration, such as Sweethearts.”
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