Java Album of the Week, SMH Review and gig @ 616 Wednesday 8th October

Hi all.

It has been a busy week. Eastside 89.7 FM have given Together album of the week, John Shand has said some very kind things about the album in The Sydney Morning Herald, and we are playing next Wednesday at Foundry 616 with Bobby Singh on board! Too much fun.

Reviews are below.

Cheers, Michael.

Review in the Sydney Morning Herald, 26th September 2014

Java Quartet
TOGETHER (Vitamin)
3.5 stars

No instrument echoes the male voice as closely as the tenor saxophone, which lends it a peculiar immediacy – especially when played with the blow-torch urgency that Matthew Ottignon likes to apply. Ottignon has been part of Java Quartet for a nudge over half of the band's 20-year life, gouging stark rents in the pastel-hued surface of the more introspective music that leader/composer/bassist Michael Galeazzi, pianist Greg Coffin and drummer Mike Quigley instinctively make together. This is not a value judgment. Productive artistic collaborations are often forged by combining ostensibly oppositional forces rather than by aligning perfectly compatible aesthetic sensibilities. Several of Galeazzi's new compositions are among his best, playing to the band's strength of collectively creating journey-like narratives. Broadening the sonic and conceptual scope on some tracks are two old friends of the band: tabla player Bobby Singh interweaving a thread of mystery, and rapper Morganics adding his short-fuse use of words. 

John Shand

Album Of The Moment (week), Eastside FM 89.7 23rd September 2014

Together by The Java Quartet
Out on: Vitamin Records
The Java Quartet celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of their seventh album, entitled Together.  This album is a beautifully cohesive acoustic work created by Michael Galeazzi bass, Matthew Ottignon sax, Mike Quigley drums, Greg Coffin piano. 
The album was recorded live over two days, and it shows with the album sounding fresh without being overproduced. The addition of two guest artists also helps create an unique sound for the album.  All these musicians feel comfortable in their own talents, and there is no excess to the album.  It’s pure joy for your ears.

The album is a mix of the classic understated sounds of the group with two additional spoken word tracks featuring hip hop artist MC Morganics. It’s an inspired choice. His voice and lyrics are the perfect match for the music played by Java Quartet. 
The exquisite tabla playing of Bobby Singh features throughout the album, providing a subtle but delicious nuance to all of the tracks. John Clare describes the group as being popular, without being populist and it’s apt. This is music that feels strangely comfortable and familiar, yet with surprising turns of phrase and subtleties that continue to reveal themselves with repeated listening.
 An album to play on high rotation over the coming summer months.

Gemma Purves

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