McJad Goes Organic
Those who knew the Melbourne jazz scene back in the 1970s would fondly remember McJad, the free improvising duo of trumpeter Keith Hounslow and pianist Tony Gould. This double-CD features their latest album plus a bonus re-issue of their original LPs. A true collector's item!
Although they only have performed occasionally since, they have never lost the interest in performing music together. Indeed, it was the passing of the New Millinneium that spurred Keith to propose a new "organic" sound for the duo: that Tony Gould forsake the piano for the pipe organ, an instrument for which he avowed great respect but little familiarity.
The pipe organ in the chapel of the University of Melbourne's Ormond College served as the recording studio. The duo's singular symbiosis is conspicuous throughout the recording session particularly in their creation of the McJad Chronicles, the title given by Keith to the assembled and edited improvisations that gives the music a total compositional entity.
Of particular interest to collectors is the bonus CD which features remastered re-issues of the TWO original McJad LPs which have not been available since the early 1980s: Introducing McJad and McJad Miniatures, plus the original liner notes.
NOTE: on iTunes, the two LPs are available as a separate item under the title McJad.
With a comprehensive historical booklet with photos from both the original 1970s and new recording sessions, McJad Goes Organic is a true collector's item. Not to be missed!
McJad was formed in the 1970s and comprised the duo of trumpeter Keith Hounslow and pianist Tony Gould. The idea was that the duo extemporise not only on an original theme, but a freely improvised theme!
“This form of music making, actually creating your own music each time you perform, calls for great empathy between the players.”
— Australian Jewish News
“Keith Hounslow and Tony Gould have been an inspiration to Australian jazz for generations already. I value releases like this in the same way as I would a Fred Williams or Brett Whiteley painting in terms of their cultural significance to Australia.”
— Dale Barlow Music Forum
“Gould harnesses with sublime touch the textures and tones available to him on the chapel organ, providing a perfect foil for Hounslow's horns...spontaneously improvised by master musicians blurring the line between hard-eared telepathy and composition. . . . Best of all, Hounslow's long jazz history is on full display. It is startling and joyful to hear such inspired spontaneous music. . . Keith Hounslow is one of the great stylists of jazz. . .”
— Kenny Weir, Sunday Herald Sun
“of interest to those who have not heard McJad and to collectors of historical value. Particularly poignant too because it marks the retirement from performance by Keith Hounslow, a trumpeter of rare talent.”
— Ian Neil, former ABC Radio presenter
- Contrapuntal theme 1:04
- Variation 1 3:34
- Variation 2 3:17
- Variation 3 3:35
- Variation 4 3:06
- Variation 5 2:49
- Variation 6 1:57
- Variation 7 2:26
- Variation 8 2:29
- Variation 9 3:27
- Variation 10 2:29
- Variation 11 4:26
- Variation 12 3:32
- Theme reprise 1:04
- Basin Street blues Spencer Williams 5:03
- Old folks Delete Lee Hill Willard Robison 5:54
- In the wee small hours of the morning Bob Hilliard David Mann 5:17
- Unanimity 7:23
- Duologue 5:46
- Ultimo revisited 5:57
- Zetetic truth 9:37
- Blues for Rex Mk II 9:15
- Miniature Suite No. 1 4:13
- Infinminum 3:25
- Microspain 2:56
- Toot modicum 2:38
- Wee ballade 3:32
- Miniature Suite No. 2 6:47
- Mote ze Harbinger 2:41
- Tittle for tattle 4:34
- Minutiae for olé 3:29
For any artist to keep mind and ears open to ideas after 50 years of playing jazz in Australia is remarkable. Keith Hounslow - jazz trumpeter and cornettist extraordinaire - has a style that is melodic and expressive, bristling with eloquent lyricism.
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.