The Cello and the Mockingbird

Improvisations on beautiful melodies. Cellist Imogen Manins joins forces with Tony Gould (piano) and David Jones (percussion) for this very special new release from Move Records.

This is our second album as a trio — and once again it has been a great pleasure to play and record together. After much independent thought about what might happen when we get together, we arrive at the studio with some sketches and a small list of pieces, and in the true spirit of improvisation we begin to play.


Imogen Manins

Imogen Manins is an uncommonly gifted cellist, with a formidable grasp of the standard classical repertoire as well as a wonderfully creative and innovative musical mind. This has led her to collaborations with a number of Australia’s most outstanding improvisers, and an exploration of new musical ground for cello.

Tony Gould

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.

David Jones

David Jones is one of the most innovative and musical drummers in the world. He has toured nationally and internationally and has performed and recorded in the genres of rock and pop, jazz, classical, ambient, world music, cabaret, theatre, television and improvised works.

Press quote

“This is the second release by cellist Imogen Manins, pianist Tony Gould and percussionist David Jones as a trio…this album is every bit as impressive as their first; which suggests there's some very special chemistry between them…When all three musicians are exploring as a group, there is an unmistakeable magic about it.” ★★★★

— Robert Clark, 2MBS Fine Music Magazine

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Generous Spirit Tony Gould
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird Elmer Bernstein
  3. Quiet Sea Imogen Manins David Jones
  4. Spring Song Bill Dobbins
  5. Some Other Time Leonard Bernstein
  6. Morning Song Roger Kellaway
  7. Such a Sky Tony Gould Imogen Manins David Jones Lionel Bart
  8. Tickling the Moon Tony Gould Imogen Manins David Jones
  9. Ancient Echo David Jones
  10. Accustomed to her Face Frederick Loewe
  11. Glisten Tony Gould Imogen Manins David Jones
  12. I Loves you Porgy George Gershwin



Leonard Bernstein

Larger-than-life Lenny - a phenomenally gifted composer, conductor, teacher, performer; an unflaggingly enthusiastic, brash, enormously complex musician; a man dedicated to breaking down personal, political and musical barriers between people.

Frederick Loewe

Frederick Loewe (1901–1988) was an Austrian-American composer. He collaborated with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner on the long-running Broadway musicals My Fair Lady and Camelot, with book and lyrics by Lerner, both of which were made into films.

George Gershwin

George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known.

Where to buy

The Cello and the Mockingbird is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

The Cello and the Mockingbird 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

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

List price
$25.00 AUD
James Knowler
Nancy Kremiller
Imogen Manins
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Martin Wright
Move Records Studio
Release date
December 2011
© 2011 Move Records
℗ 2011 Move Records
Australian, Cross-cultural, Jazz
Catalogue number
MD 3353
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574335323