Mike Nock, Hamish Stuart, Julien Wilson, Jonathan Zwartz
This World
Lion, 2019

November 19, 2020

This World is the debut album by a brilliant Australian quartet.

Mike Nock (piano), Hamish Stuart (drums), Julien Wilson (tenor and effects) and Jonathan Zwartz are four of the most celebrated musicians of the Australian jazz scene. The four musicians met in the studio on the 29th and 30th of June 2019 and on November 1, 2019 they released “This World”, their debut album as a quartet. It was nominated as Best Jazz Album at the ARIA Awards (the awards held by the Australian recording association) to be held on November 25th. 

The record, with a purely acoustic sound, explores (particularly well) the themes of contemporary jazz that was developed in the United States during the 60s . A mix of riffs, complex harmonies, beautiful melodies, and post-bop licks that stands out here given the great technical skills of the musicians.

Old’s Cool (programmatic already in the title) is emblematic of the entire album: a double bass riff supports the song, with the drums that press, the piano punctuating with well-chosen chords and the sax that plays a bewitching part (a true example of perfect dynamics in phrasing).

The poetry of the four musicians is, however, highlighted by the poignant and particularly beautiful ballads (And in the Night Comes Rain, Any Heart…). A very well written and well played album.




Nock, Stuart, Wilson,  Zwartz  This World Lion 2019 – copyrightJazzespresso 2020

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