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Rhythms of Green and Gold

Australian pianist John Martin presents an entertaining range of music from 10 Australian composers.

Many of the compositions are inspired by ragtime, blues and jazz, but very melodic. There are three Australian waltzes by Ross Edwards. May Howlett's The Baroque Rag blends Bach and ragtime. Ann Carr-Boyd wrote The Solitary Rag at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdowns. John Martin plays his own The Everglades at Dawn, inspired by the National Trust gardens in the Blue Mountains. There are 19 short pieces altogether.

Although this CD is entirely solo piano, John is known to many as an accompanist for performers such as Jane Rutter: “We {Peter Cousens and Jane Rutter} have enjoyed touring with Australian pianist John Martin, whose lovely playing, erudition and elegant manners delighted us and audiences.”


John Martin

“A singer could ask no more of a pianist than sensitive hands, intuitive musicality, and an acute awareness of the singer’s breathing and phrasing. John Martin is such a pianist and then some! A consummate musician and composer who revels in the art of ensemble, John lives and breathes music. All fortunate enough to hear this man performing live never forget the experience.”—Jose Carbo, premier Australian baritone.

Track Listing

  1. Dreamboat Blues Amanda Handel
  2. Bootleg Blues Amanda Handel
  3. Blue Laze Amanda Handel
  4. A Walk down Ragtime Lane Tom Anderson
  5. Nonchalance Elena Kats-Chernin
  6. Reflections Elena Kats-Chernin
  7. Round Midday Matthew Dennett
  8. Sassafras Gully Waltz Ross Edwards
  9. Sandy Stone's Waltz Ross Edwards
  10. Annandale Waltz Ross Edwards
  11. Take Seven Rod Heard
  12. Summer Arrives Rod Heard
  13. Barbera Blues Rod Heard
  14. Rags to Riches Rod Heard
  15. The Everglades at Dawn John Martin
  16. Taurus Stuart Greenbaum
  17. Looking to the Future Stuart Greenbaum
  18. The Baroqua Rag May Howlett
  19. The Solitary Rag Ann Carr-Boyd



Amanda Handel

Amanda is an active composer/pianist with a large portfolio of works - including piano, string orchestra, woodwinds, guitar and various chamber ensembles. She is represented by Wirripang Publications with some of her works appearing in AMEB publications and ANZCA syllabi.

Tom Anderson

Born in 1955, Tom Anderson has in his later years turned to composition, after being a pianist and organist in the 1970s.

Elena Kats-Chernin

Elena Kats-Chernin AO is an Australian composer based in Sydney, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Matthew Dennett

Matthew Dennett is a Canberra based jazz pianist, accordionist, improviser, composer, and educator.

Ross Edwards

One of Australia's best known and most performed composers, Ross Edwards lives and works in Sydney. His commitment to the ideal of music as a positive and regenerative force within the community has led him to explore beyond the confines of Western Art Music.

Rod Heard

Rod Heard was born in Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley in 1954 and attended High School in Dungog at which time he was awarded a piano scholarship to the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.

Stuart Greenbaum

The Stuart Greenbaum sound has overt connections to jazz, pop and minimalism but is equally grounded in the Western art music tradition.

May Howlett

May Howlett, born in Subiaco, WA, in 1931, won various scholarships, including a secondary studentship to study Music at Melbourne University Conservatorium (majoring in Pianoforte and Singing), graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Music, and obtaining a Diploma of Education the following year.

Ann Carr-Boyd

Ann Carr-Boyd has been involved in music and its many manifestations all her life. Born in 1938 into a family of professional musicians, she studied piano from an early age with her father, Norbert Wentzel and violin and viola with her Uncle, Charles Wentzel.

Where to buy

Rhythms of Green and Gold is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Rhythms of Green and Gold 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
Release date
© 2021 John Martin
℗ 2021 Move Records
Australian, Keyboard
Catalogue number
MCD 622
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574062229