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Jamie Oehlers Double Drummer Group - You R Here - Session One Includes Bonus 10 Track Jazzhead Sampler CD

Jamie Oehlers Double Drummer Group - You R Here - Session One Includes Bonus 10 Track Jazzhead Sampler CD
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Jamie Oehlers is an astonishing tenor player from Australia, already with a string of excellent solo discs and sideman. Here, he leaps into that frantically creative late-'60s/early-'70s world of Jazz.


Track Listing
1. Just Out of Reach 
2. Side Car  
3. Solace 
4. Portal 
5. Wayne's World 
Click on above buttons to hear samples of select tracks

 


   More info & reviews 

Winner of the 2006 Bell Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Release, saxophonist Jamie Oehlers, together with his highly acclaimed double drummer ensemble, recorded You R Here over two nights at Bennetts Lane.

The concept of playing with two drummers came about during the long term residency of the Jamie Oehlers quartet at 303, when by accident both Ben Vanderwal and Simon Barker were booked to play, and they did. The result was electifying.

Together with the remarkable talents of James Muller (Guitar), the unmistakable Scott Tinkler (Trumpet), long term colleagues Sam Keevers (Piano) and Rodrigo Aravena (Bass), You R Here captures the music the way you would hear it, any night, in any jazz club, anywhere in Australia. So here it is, LIVE – the way music is meant to be heard. 

 The concept of playing with 2 drummers came about when one night at our regular gig at 303, I accidentally double booked the drum chair and both Danny Fischer and Ben Vanderwal showed up to play. Instead of someone going home, we decided to try out the idea of them both playing. From the moment we started, I knew I was going to find it hard to go back to one drummer! Over the next year and a half, we experimented with combinations of almost every drummer in Melbourne, and some from Sydney. For this recording I decided to use Ben (who has been a regular member of my quartet for a few years) and one of my favourite drummers in the country, Simon Barker. They both bring something different to the stage, and the result is electrifying. Add to this the remarkable talents of James Muller and the unmistakable Scott Tinkler and my good friends and long term colleagues Sam and Roddy and we were in for some fun! ! Jamie Oehlers

 "After years of neglect, it would seem as if the electric jazz of the 1970s is finally coming back into favour. With direct explorations of the Miles Davis legacy by Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith and Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra, plus the creation of new music in this style by Wallace Roney, Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, the rejection of electricity by the neo-conservatives of the '80s has finally been pushed aside, opening up once-forbidden areas for fresh exploration. Jamie Oehlers is an astonishing tenor player from Australia, already with a string of excellent solo discs and sideman appearances. On the two separately released CDs that make up You R Here, he leaps into that frantically creative late-'60s/early-'70s world, supported by Sam Keevers on piano and electric piano, bassist Rodrigo Aravena and two drummers, Simon Barker and Ben Vanderwall. The double-drummer concept gives the recordings their particular character, sometimes setting up intense grooves with both kits interlocking or challenging one another, at others providing gentle colouring against the soloists in quieter moments. Several of the tracks have a Latin feel, aided greatly by the double percussion; elsewhere they provide the intense forest of rhythm of Black Beauty or Agharta. The range of mood and feel that stretches across the discs is especially impressive. Keevers provides skewed electric keyboard playing on one track, switching to a lyrical, acoustic mode for Coltranesque ballads like “Departure.” The energy level is raised further by the presence on some tracks of guests James Muller (guitar) and Scott Tinkler (trumpet). Muller’s playing on “Just Out of Reach” and “Side Car” (mistitled “Wayne’s World” on the sleeve) is a wonder of asymmetrical grooves and McLaughlinesque distortion; “Solace” sees the unfolding of a solo of great tenderness. Tinkler has the listener fully attentive in each of his appearances. On “Hat in the Cat” he comes in as the third soloist, gradually building up to a peak of excitement, reacting against the thrilling commentary coming back from the drummers. Throughout, Jamie Oehlers proves his position as a player of international stature. The solo tenor opening of “You R Here” explores the contours of the theme to come, creating false expectations of a Cuban extravaganza; in the fierce music that follows, Oehlers picks up from Tinkler in an extraordinary solo of great passion. Yet elsewhere, on “Solace” and “Departure,” he can play the tenor ballad with equal mastery. These live recordings were made in 2006 at the Bennetts’ Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne, a place which is gaining the sort of mystique of the Village Vanguard, 55 Club or Ronnie Scott's. You R Here makes the storm-in-a-teacup “debate” about whether jazz has ”changed address” from the USA to Europe even more irrelevant. Jazz now has multiple addresses. There’s an incredible party going on in the one in the Southern Hemisphere. It deserves more visitors!

 Many of the lurching, battered heroes of hard rock roar on with surprising potency; and so do those of free jazz, as this year's Wangaratta Festival of Jazz proved. The spirit is taken up by new generations, but rarely with such energy as here. Powered by drummers Simon Barker and Ben Vanderwal and buoyed by Rodrigo Aravena's bass, the themes and improvisations come at you with exhilarating force. These hurricanes can evaporate suddenly in ethereal passages. Here the piano of Sam Keevers steps on air, sustained by a kind of harmonic anti-gravity. Tenor saxophonist Oehlers and trumpeter Scott Tinkler are currently at a peak, especially on this disc. After Oehlers's unaccompanied solo on track three, the band crashes in like a building falling on you. On track five, guitarist James Muller duels with Tinkler. This music does something very different with time and space.

 John Clare, reviewer, SMH November 27, 2006

Jamie was the winner of the 2003 World Saxophone Competition held at the Montreaux Jazz Festival and has also been the recipient of a James Morrison Scholarship, nominated for Australian Jazz Musician of the Year, Australian Jazz Instrumentalist on the Year and has been a finalist in the ARIA Awards for Best Jazz Album. He has performed with leading international jazz artists like Ronnie Scott, Cindy Blackman, Jamie Cullum, Geri Allen, Bob Hurst, Eric Harland, Dale Barlow, Renee Geyer, Barney McAll, Bernie McGann, Paul Grabowsky, Scott Tinkler, Joe Chindamo and James Morrison.

 


 

THERE'S so much white-hot talent packed into this album, it's surprising it doesn't glow in the dark. Multi-award-winning tenor saxophonist Jamie Oehlers has assembled a sextet of top Australian players for this live recording of five originals. Twin drummers Simon Barker and Ben Vanderwal guarantee a high standard of rhythmic grunt with no suggestion of percussive overkill, integrating beautifully with Rodrigo Aravena's inventive bass lines. Wayne's World uses twangy rock references, including wah-wah and distortion, notably on James Muller's high-velocity guitar, where those effects work better than on Sam Keevers's keyboard solo. Oehlers's sax finalises, investigating every corner of the rocky-bop theme with hurtling acceleration, high-flying glissandos and slews of raw-toned growly notes. Side Car features a lyrical opening on sax where Oehlers achieves a wavery, dreamy effect by manipulating the horn's open pads. There's a furiously exciting double-time passage before the tempo slides down to conclude in languorous and tender mood.

The Jamie Oehlers Quartet is Jamie Oehlers – Saxophone, Sam Keevers – Piano, Sam Anning – Bass and Ben Vanderwal – Drums.

 


 

 

 

 

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Jamie Oehlers is an astonishing tenor player from Australia, already with a string of excellent solo discs and sideman. Here, he leaps into that frantically creative late-'60s/early-'70s world of Jazz.


Track Listing
1. Just Out of Reach 
2. Side Car  
3. Solace 
4. Portal 
5. Wayne's World 
Click on above buttons to hear samples of select tracks

 


   More info & reviews 

Winner of the 2006 Bell Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Release, saxophonist Jamie Oehlers, together with his highly acclaimed double drummer ensemble, recorded You R Here over two nights at Bennetts Lane.

The concept of playing with two drummers came about during the long term residency of the Jamie Oehlers quartet at 303, when by accident both Ben Vanderwal and Simon Barker were booked to play, and they did. The result was electifying.

Together with the remarkable talents of James Muller (Guitar), the unmistakable Scott Tinkler (Trumpet), long term colleagues Sam Keevers (Piano) and Rodrigo Aravena (Bass), You R Here captures the music the way you would hear it, any night, in any jazz club, anywhere in Australia. So here it is, LIVE – the way music is meant to be heard. 

 The concept of playing with 2 drummers came about when one night at our regular gig at 303, I accidentally double booked the drum chair and both Danny Fischer and Ben Vanderwal showed up to play. Instead of someone going home, we decided to try out the idea of them both playing. From the moment we started, I knew I was going to find it hard to go back to one drummer! Over the next year and a half, we experimented with combinations of almost every drummer in Melbourne, and some from Sydney. For this recording I decided to use Ben (who has been a regular member of my quartet for a few years) and one of my favourite drummers in the country, Simon Barker. They both bring something different to the stage, and the result is electrifying. Add to this the remarkable talents of James Muller and the unmistakable Scott Tinkler and my good friends and long term colleagues Sam and Roddy and we were in for some fun! ! Jamie Oehlers

 "After years of neglect, it would seem as if the electric jazz of the 1970s is finally coming back into favour. With direct explorations of the Miles Davis legacy by Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith and Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra, plus the creation of new music in this style by Wallace Roney, Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, the rejection of electricity by the neo-conservatives of the '80s has finally been pushed aside, opening up once-forbidden areas for fresh exploration. Jamie Oehlers is an astonishing tenor player from Australia, already with a string of excellent solo discs and sideman appearances. On the two separately released CDs that make up You R Here, he leaps into that frantically creative late-'60s/early-'70s world, supported by Sam Keevers on piano and electric piano, bassist Rodrigo Aravena and two drummers, Simon Barker and Ben Vanderwall. The double-drummer concept gives the recordings their particular character, sometimes setting up intense grooves with both kits interlocking or challenging one another, at others providing gentle colouring against the soloists in quieter moments. Several of the tracks have a Latin feel, aided greatly by the double percussion; elsewhere they provide the intense forest of rhythm of Black Beauty or Agharta. The range of mood and feel that stretches across the discs is especially impressive. Keevers provides skewed electric keyboard playing on one track, switching to a lyrical, acoustic mode for Coltranesque ballads like “Departure.” The energy level is raised further by the presence on some tracks of guests James Muller (guitar) and Scott Tinkler (trumpet). Muller’s playing on “Just Out of Reach” and “Side Car” (mistitled “Wayne’s World” on the sleeve) is a wonder of asymmetrical grooves and McLaughlinesque distortion; “Solace” sees the unfolding of a solo of great tenderness. Tinkler has the listener fully attentive in each of his appearances. On “Hat in the Cat” he comes in as the third soloist, gradually building up to a peak of excitement, reacting against the thrilling commentary coming back from the drummers. Throughout, Jamie Oehlers proves his position as a player of international stature. The solo tenor opening of “You R Here” explores the contours of the theme to come, creating false expectations of a Cuban extravaganza; in the fierce music that follows, Oehlers picks up from Tinkler in an extraordinary solo of great passion. Yet elsewhere, on “Solace” and “Departure,” he can play the tenor ballad with equal mastery. These live recordings were made in 2006 at the Bennetts’ Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne, a place which is gaining the sort of mystique of the Village Vanguard, 55 Club or Ronnie Scott's. You R Here makes the storm-in-a-teacup “debate” about whether jazz has ”changed address” from the USA to Europe even more irrelevant. Jazz now has multiple addresses. There’s an incredible party going on in the one in the Southern Hemisphere. It deserves more visitors!

 Many of the lurching, battered heroes of hard rock roar on with surprising potency; and so do those of free jazz, as this year's Wangaratta Festival of Jazz proved. The spirit is taken up by new generations, but rarely with such energy as here. Powered by drummers Simon Barker and Ben Vanderwal and buoyed by Rodrigo Aravena's bass, the themes and improvisations come at you with exhilarating force. These hurricanes can evaporate suddenly in ethereal passages. Here the piano of Sam Keevers steps on air, sustained by a kind of harmonic anti-gravity. Tenor saxophonist Oehlers and trumpeter Scott Tinkler are currently at a peak, especially on this disc. After Oehlers's unaccompanied solo on track three, the band crashes in like a building falling on you. On track five, guitarist James Muller duels with Tinkler. This music does something very different with time and space.

 John Clare, reviewer, SMH November 27, 2006

Jamie was the winner of the 2003 World Saxophone Competition held at the Montreaux Jazz Festival and has also been the recipient of a James Morrison Scholarship, nominated for Australian Jazz Musician of the Year, Australian Jazz Instrumentalist on the Year and has been a finalist in the ARIA Awards for Best Jazz Album. He has performed with leading international jazz artists like Ronnie Scott, Cindy Blackman, Jamie Cullum, Geri Allen, Bob Hurst, Eric Harland, Dale Barlow, Renee Geyer, Barney McAll, Bernie McGann, Paul Grabowsky, Scott Tinkler, Joe Chindamo and James Morrison.

 


 

THERE'S so much white-hot talent packed into this album, it's surprising it doesn't glow in the dark. Multi-award-winning tenor saxophonist Jamie Oehlers has assembled a sextet of top Australian players for this live recording of five originals. Twin drummers Simon Barker and Ben Vanderwal guarantee a high standard of rhythmic grunt with no suggestion of percussive overkill, integrating beautifully with Rodrigo Aravena's inventive bass lines. Wayne's World uses twangy rock references, including wah-wah and distortion, notably on James Muller's high-velocity guitar, where those effects work better than on Sam Keevers's keyboard solo. Oehlers's sax finalises, investigating every corner of the rocky-bop theme with hurtling acceleration, high-flying glissandos and slews of raw-toned growly notes. Side Car features a lyrical opening on sax where Oehlers achieves a wavery, dreamy effect by manipulating the horn's open pads. There's a furiously exciting double-time passage before the tempo slides down to conclude in languorous and tender mood.

The Jamie Oehlers Quartet is Jamie Oehlers – Saxophone, Sam Keevers – Piano, Sam Anning – Bass and Ben Vanderwal – Drums.

 


 

 

 

 

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