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Chris Abrahams

Thrown

CD, 2004

Out of stock.

Streaming

2xCD, 2003

Out of stock.

Double album.

"Beautiful sonorous objects"
–The Wire (UK)

Glow

CD, 2001

Out of stock.

Chris Abrahams solo piano.

"...the notes seem to float into existence with the gracefulness of falling leaves"
–Sydney Morning Herald

Audio samples:

Glow (track 2)
Glow (track 7)
The catholics

Lloyd Swanton's long-running project. Powerful jazz blowing on dance rhythms from the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and elsewhere, all framed by very catchy melodies. Slide guitar, percussion to the fore.

"...Their perky brand of freewheeling world music that cares little for origins and has the distinct capacity to make you dance."
-Toronto Star (Canada)

Featuring various combinations of: Lloyd Swanton - acoustic, electric bass; Dave Brewer - electric, acoustic guitar; Sandy Evans - saxophones, flute; James Greening - trombone, pocket trumpet; Fabian Hevia, Sammila Sithole - percussion; Michel Rose - pedal steel guitar, Dobro, mandolin; Bruce Reid - National steel, lap steel guitar; Hamish Stuart, Toby Hall, Tony Buck - drums; Chris Abrahams - Hammond organ; Jonathan Pease - guitar; Waldo Fabian - bass guitar, percussion.

Inter Vivos - live in concert

2xCD, 2009

AU$23.95 Add to Cart

"Two nights to remember"
-Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Village

CD, 2007

Out of stock.

"Firmly in the good-time groove…a glorious thing"
–Limelight

Gondola

CD, 2006

AU$20.00 Add to Cart

"A change of direction and their finest album to date"
–Sydney Morning Herald

"The sound is big and the effects gorgeous. A beautiful release."
–The Wire (UK)

Audio samples:

Mahal Kita
Oaxaca
Meniscus
Bungalow

Choice

CD, 2000

AU$15.50 Add to Cart

Special-priced compilation of 11 tracks from The catholics' first four albums.

Audio samples:

Ah-Kah-Hah
Skin on Skin
And She Walked...

Barefoot

CD, 1999

AU$17.25 Add to Cart

Nominated for ARIA Award Best Jazz Album

"...a dream team of Sydney musicians... ambitious diversity... a remarkably relaxed and seamless flow of ideas. Their knack is being able to put a jazz spin on grooves from around the globe—South Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America—in a sunny, light-spirited way that belies the killer status of the players. This is jazz in a straw hat and Hawaiian shirt...sensuous and joyous music...a (barefoot) walk in the park."
–Australian Financial Review

Audio samples:

High Times
In Love

Life on Earth

CD, 1997

Out of stock.

Nominated for ARIA Award Best Jazz Album

"...another charming gem. This tightly-focused group... takes multiple influences and stirs them with a swizzle stick to produce a signature sound which somehow makes perfect sense... an endlessly adventurous (and highly danceable) effort... already on this critic's short list for the best of '98!"
–Jazz Times

Audio samples:

Margarita Thing
Sticky

Simple

CD, 1994

AU$20.00 Add to Cart

Listed in Jazz Times Critics' Picks of '95.

Nominated for Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Award

"At once charming, haunting and joyful, Simple is one of the most inventive albums to come along in a very long time... a thoroughly captivating and highly recommended collection. Find it"
–Jazz Times

Audio samples:

Home
Good Morning, Freedom Fighter

The catholics

CD, 1992

Out of stock.

Nominated for ARIA Award Best Jazz Album

"The richness, diversity and accessibility of The catholics suffuses every track. It is their virtuosity, imagination and the inventiveness of Lloyd Swanton's writing.... which makes this music so successful.... no written description can do justice to this music... search out a copy of this superb album"
–Rolling Stone

Audio samples:

Why the Caged Bird Sings
Chant
astroPERIL

Music of the Little Red Spiders

CD, 1997

Out of stock.

Tony Buck (percussion, samples, programming); Andy (Ex) (electric & acoustic guitar); Joe Williamson (acoustic bass); Stevie Wishart (hurdy-gurdy, violin).

Covering a wide range of dynamics and textures, Music of the Little Red Spiders moves from whisper quiet, abstract soundscapes into slowly metamorphosing, driving and robust walls of noise. A seductive journey into diverse aural extremes, combining drones, trance and texture. "A response to a need to be centred, organic, sensual..."

Audio samples:

Music of the Little Red Spiders (track 2)

astroPERIL

CD, 1996

Out of stock.

Tony Buck (drums, samples, machines), Kai Wolf (guitar), Alex Nowitz (Bass & Voice).

The Peril story continues in Europe with this line-up, mixing the signature solid hardcore and cross-genre cut-ups with more splintery improvisations. A strong, colourful and varied recording....

Audio samples:

astroPERIL (track 1)
Peril

Multiverse

CD

Out of stock.

Here Peril is Tony Buck (drums, samples, machines), Otomo Yoshihide (turntables, guitar), Sheridan (Guitar) and Thierry Fosmale (Bass).

"Strong ordered chaos at its best, where real and cooked sounds disappear into one another: the difficult art of colour profusion without brown sludge, and a model of maximum information and mutation that continually surprises and stimulates. A prodigious work and highly recommended..."
–Chris Cutler / Recommended Reviews

Audio samples:

Multiverse (track 5)
Multiverse (track 8)
Tony Buck

Solo Live

CD, 1994

Out of stock.

"Tony Buck takes his STEIM interactive Drum/Perc/Sampler system through its paces, not that listening you'd know where the hell the sound was coming from most of the time. An interesting set of pieces by one of the more interesting drummers around on that noise/electronic/rock fringe, and the only one I can think of to use triggered samples in a way that really works..."
–Chris Cutler / Recommended Reviews

Audio samples:

Solo Live (track 9)
Solo Live (track 10)