The idea for this recording came about after the Alan Lee Quartet reunion concert on the closing night of the 2014 Stonnington Festival in Melbourne, which saw the vibraphonist in collaboration with old friends Ted Vining, Tony Gould and Derek Capewell.
After a thoroughly enjoyable concert featuring the music of one of Alan's chief inspirations, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, the audience demanded an encore. Alan and Derek stepped away from their instruments and gave the floor to Ted and Tony to close - in the true spirit of this music, and drawing from a musical empathy shared since the late '60s, they offered a stunning spontaneous improvisation to cap the night.
Enthused by this duo performance Ted saw where his next adventure lay. He approached Tony and suggested that they get together to record a series of such improvisations. Tony was equally enthusiastic and so began the first conversation that would lead to the musical conversations recorded on this disc - and to the creation of a new trio. Ted also invited the eminently versatile and adaptable South Australian bassist Lyndon Gray to partake in this adventure.
Ted's theme for the recording session was that they pay tribute to passed Australian jazz greats with a collection of spontaneous solo, duo and trio improvisations - or, as one of his dedicatees, the late artist-musician-composer-teacher-improviser David Tolley very aptly described, 'spontaneously performed interactive compositions'
Ted Vining has recorded with Alan Lee, Don Burrows, Bob Gebert, Bernie McGann, Brian Brown, Musiikki Oy, The Big One, Blow ... and The Ted Vining Trio. He has had a wealth of experience both on and off the jazz stage.
Pianist and composer Tony Gould is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. His career has embraced many styles of music, not least jazz and other improvisatory musics in addition to traditional and contemporary classical musics. He gives many concerts each year and for 50 years he has been involved in an extraordinary number of recording projects both as pianist and composer and has been at the forefront of music education in Australia via various tertiary institutions in Melbourne and throughout Australia.
“The friendship at the heart of this recording, between drummer Ted Vining and pianist Tony Gould, comes from some 60 years of music making together. More than anything, the improvisations in For Ever draw upon this deeply internalised jazz language – swing feels, harmony, song forms, even standard tunes and melodies – are evoked in constantly shifting forms. In some pieces, the language is played directly, in others, conventions are refracted in hazy, dreamlike allusions. Some pieces play on elements of their honouree’s musical persuasions, like the bouncily swinging blues of For Barry (Buckley) or the cubist fragmentation of Sonny Rollins’ Oleo in For Bernie (McGann). Elsewhere, the more dramatic and extended free-improvisation of For Brownie (Brian Brown) and For David (Tolley) reflect the namesakes’ pioneering appetites for more exploratory territory. Other pieces are more abstract, obliquely conjuring their inspirations with less ‘literal’ qualities. In the frenetic bass and drum duet of For Gary (Costello), Gray honours Costello’s virtuosic bass style not by imitating but rather offering his own personal energy of robust, polyphonic smears and right hand strumming.
http://musictrust.com.au/loudmouth/for-ever/ is where you can read the full review.”Read full review
— Christopher Hale, Music Trust E-Zine
- for Barry (Buckley) Tony Gould Ted Vining Lyndon Gray 5:24
- for Alan (Turnbull) Tony Gould Ted Vining Lyndon Gray 4:07
- for Bernie (McGann) Tony Gould Ted Vining Lyndon Gray 6:28
- for Roger (Frampton) Tony Gould Ted Vining Lyndon Gray 2:58
- for Gary (Costello) Tony Gould Ted Vining Lyndon Gray 6:24
- for Keith (Stirling) Tony Gould Ted Vining Lyndon Gray 5:49
- for Brownie (Brian Brown) Tony Gould Ted Vining Lyndon Gray 3:02
- for David (Tolley) Tony Gould Ted Vining Lyndon Gray 4:56
- for Kerrie (Biddell) Tony Gould Ted Vining Lyndon Gray 3:35
Where to buy
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Total playing time
- 42 minutes 43 seconds
- Release date
- September 2015
- © 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- ℗ 2015 Move Records
- Catalogue number
- MD 3394
- EAN 9314574339420