“If you saw an LP with a cover like this in the second hand bin, you would take it for a heap of kryptonite from the era when panel vans bore Viking scenes. You wouldn’t bother knockin’. Against all expectations, it is a local acoustic quartet of considerable accomplishment and charm”.
John Claire, Sydney Morning Herald, 1995
This is how it all began for The Java Quartet - a classroom at Riverview College, a handful of microphones, engineer Keith Walker, and four earnest young men. On Wednesday 26th August in Venue 505 the group will commemorate 20 years since the release of Slumber For Nordic Wonder by playing play the disc in full plus other choice cuts from their seven-album catalogue. It will be an old skool quartet performance and rare outing for this celebrated ensemble in 2015.
“Mostly, though, the Java Quartet inhabits its own space, unlike that of any other aggregation, in Australia or anywhere else - supremely melodic, full of taut, yet limpid,
grooves and packed with soul”.
Kenny Weir, Sunday Herald Sun