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southeast is the debut CD of the Baartz Freeman sextet and contains a diversity of jazz styles that combine numerous musical influences from West Africa to New Orleans to Cuba and New York.

In 2001 the Baartz Freeman sextet were invited by the ABC under the auspices of the Jim McLeod's Jazztracks program to record their music with resident ABC engineer Mal Stanley. The result: southeast, a CD of diverse music that combines numerous musical influences from West Africa to New Orleans to Cuba and New York - music that is open, rich and generous and allows a broad scope for musical statement and improvisation by the fine musicians involved.

Headed by saxophonist Martha Baartz and co-composer guitarist Lliam Freeman, the Baartz Freeman Sextet's southeast is original, accessible, contemporary and eminently listenable music. Don't miss it!


Baartz Freeman Sextet

Jazz sextets are rare, so you owe it to yourself to check out the Baartz Freeman Sextet, headed by co-composers Martha Baartz (saxophone) and Lliam Freeman (guitar). It's new, it's all original and it's Australian!

Press quotes

“From hard-driving funk to evocative ballad, from blues to Latin to tango ... fastidious and edgy but playful and fun too ... full of emotion ...” ★★★½

— Leon Gettler, The Age - Green Guide

“the album's major asset is the variety of moods established by the two leaders' compositions. These include the exuberance of Funkin Boogster, the intimacy of Favourite Secret, the mellow vibe of Byron Glow and the drama of Tango For Chad.”

— Adrian Jackson, The Bulletin

“the range [of jazz] is extraordinary. A sizable stretch of it is covered [here] ... funk, for instance gives way to the elgiac ... seriousness is ... punctuated with a chirpy tango ... they swing through a blues ... and push into more vigorous terrain with rippling electric guitar .. and bustling saxophone.”

— John Shand, ABC 24 Hours

“The music we play, write and listen to always seems to be nudging and winking ... reflecting back and reminding us of our own humanity ... we both have a sense that music should in some way be about bringing people together and allowing them to feel good ... but should also be about shifting peoples perceptions of themselves and the world they live in just that little bit”

Martha Baartz and Lliam Freeman

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Funkin' Boogster Martha Baartz 4:47
  2. The Big Ballad Lliam Freeman 6:59
  3. Favourite Secret Lliam Freeman 6:04
  4. Tango for Chad Martha Baartz 5:54
  5. Blues for Flippy Lliam Freeman 5:06
  6. Byron Glow Martha Baartz 6:11
  7. In a Fridge Lliam Freeman 5:24
  8. Soul Fire Martha Baartz 5:17
  9. Scrumptious Martha Baartz 4:09
  10. Lost in Time Lliam Freeman 5:10



Martha Baartz

Saxophonist Martha Baartz has an impressive musical history and is one of the rising female stars in the Australian Jazz scene. She has toured extensively in Europe and throughout Australia.

Lliam Freeman

Lliam Freeman is a versatile Melbourne-based musician, guitarist, composer who has worked over many years with a diversity of artists and groups including Christine Sullivan, Sally Ford and The Pachuco Playboys, Skazz and WJAZ.

Where to buy

Southeast is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Southeast is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
55 minutes 1 seconds
Lliam Freeman
Martha Baartz
Mal Stanley
Mal Stanley
Mal Stanley
Release date
© 2003 Move Records
℗ 2003 Move Records
Australian, Jazz
Catalogue number
MD 3267
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574326727