Alister Spence Trio – Wednesday, 1st of December 2021:
‘In the two decades that Spence (piano), Hall (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) have been together they have edged away from the thinking of a straight jazz piano trio, arriving at an improvising language more about moods than chord progressions; more about jointly casting spells than virtuosic role-playing.’ – Sydney Morning Herald
‘Music bordering on a jazz masterpiece’ – The Australian
‘…where composition and improvisation collide in fresh ways’ – Sydney Morning Herald
- Alister Spence – Piano/samples
- Lloyd Swanton – Double bass
- Toby Hall – Drums, glockenspiel
One of the most distinctive and spellbinding units in Australian improvised music, the ARIA-nominated Alister Spence Trio have gained worldwide recognition for their ingenious compositions and magnetic live interplay. Together they create luminous soundscapes that are dark, lyrical, textured, and endlessly surprising.
The band has been twice nominated for an ARIA Award (Best Jazz album 2004, 2007), and an APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award (Excellence in Jazz, 2016). Not Everything but Enough was voted by Music Magazine, Japan, in the top 10 jazz releases worldwide for 2017.
Their latest, release Asteroid Ekosystem featuring Ed Kuepper (The Saints, The Laughing Clowns) on guitar has received an overwhelmingly positive response.
Over more than 20 years, the Alister Spence Trio have built a distinctive world of sound based around Alister’s compositions, establishing a strong national and international reputation, with performances including Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Montreal and Vancouver International Jazz festivals, and Vivid Festival Sydney (curated by Brian Eno, 2009).
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