John Sangster

John Sangster was one of the most talented Australian jazz musicians of all time, a technician and creator who embraced and understood more styles of music than any other.

He was an expert drummer and vibraphone player, a soulful trumpeter and, in arranging and composing, he always took into account the personality of the exponent.

Press quotes

“Sangster's career has been an odyssey through the various stylistic movements that characterise Australian Jazz.”

— Eric Myers, NSW National Jazz Co-ordinator

“John Sangster music is highly ambitious and this epic production juxtaposes ragtime, big band and evocative soundtrack-like creations to portray the many characters and events that inhabit Middle Earth ... Essential listening”

New Classics, UK

“Sangster's enchantment ran deep, and it shows.”

— Chris Seeman, The Tolkien Music List

John Sangster is featured on the following titles

Fluteman

Performer: percussion, Composer

John Sangster composed the music for the little-known film "Fluteman" in 1982. The film may not be high in your mind, but the music performed by Don Burrows (flute), and eight other jazz players makes wonderful listening apart from the film.

Uttered Nonsense (The Owl and the Pussycat)

Performer: Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel, Swannee-Whistle, Piano, Celeste, Percussion, Composer

Uttered nonsense, (The Owl and the Pussycat), consists eight works of Edward Lear, spoken with the utmost gravity by Mr Ivan Smith, and set to music of the most nonsensical nature by John Sangster.

The Last Will and Testament of John Sangster

Composer

Tony Gould, Len Barnard, Graeme Lyall and friends. A fitting musical tribute to one of Australia's unsung heroes of jazz - John Sangster - by some of this country's top performers.

Landscapes of Middle Earth

Performer: Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion, Composer

We complete our restored re-release of John Sangster's jazz-inspired view of Tolkien's epic tale with this the fourth and final work in the series. Originally a double LP released in the late 1970s, this album finally met the CD age late in 2006.

The Lord of the Rings, Volume 3

Performer: Keyboards, Percussion, Composer

This is the third volume of jazz composer John Sangster's classic epic musical interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'. Originally a double-LP set issued by EMI over 25 years ago it has never been available on CD until now.

The Lord of the Rings, Volume 2

Performer: Keyboards and Percussion, Composer

Here is the second volume of jazz composer John Sangster's classic epic musical interpretation of The Lord of the Rings. Originally a double-LP set issued by EMI over 25 years ago it has never been available on CD until now.

The Lord of the Rings, Volume 1

Performer: Percussion, Vibraphone, Marimba, Hun0waters, Tambourine, Guiro, Triangles, Brake-drums, Bell-tree, Bamboo, Rattles, Various Wind-chimes, Gongs, Composer

This is not the Howard Shore movie soundtrack but a re-release of jazz/film composer John Sangster's epic attempt to musically portray the events and characters of Tolkien's triology. Not only that, it pre-dates the current film by over 25 years and it's wholly Australian!


Compositions by John Sangster also appear on

Gould Plays Gould

Performer: Vibraphone, Percussion, Composer

Some of Australia's finest players of spontaneous, improvised music display their remarkable talents on this disc compiled from two previously released LPs. Conducted by John Sangster.