“I have always been intrigued, amazed, challenged and – to be frank – totally gassed by his restless artistic nature and his consistently questing music, both as a composer and as a soloist.” – australianjazz.net
“His playing shows subtle glimpses of a mature master.” - The Australian
'Within and Without', the third album by saxophonist/bass clarinetist-composer Jeremy Rose features him in an impressive collaboration with US guitar luminary Kurt Rosenwinkel, along with Berlin rhythm section of bassist Andreas Lang, drummer Tobias Backhaus, and Sydney pianist Jackson Harrison.
Born and raised in Sydney, but having travelled extensively, performing and studying music throughout the world, Rose shows to be an important emerging voice on Within and Without. The album is a set of eight distinctive Rose originals, one from Harrison, and an unexpected arrangement of the Australian folk song 'Flashjack'.
Recorded in April 2016 in Berlin as part of APRA’s inaugural Song Hub for Jazz, the album features American guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, one of the world’s most acclaimed and respected jazz guitarists. The songs were created during a two-day session in which the musicians collaborated on sketches from Rose and Harrison. Some of the ideas and themes explored include recent travel experiences, relationship breakups, the creative process and inter-art references.
The title track 'Within and Without' suggests simultaneous opposing forces; attraction and repulsion, enchantment and anguish, hope and despair. The title is also inspired by James Turell’s skyspace installation at National Gallery of Australia, 'Within Without', which transforms in colour with varying angles of fading natural light.
'Trawangan' was inspired by a recent trip to Trawangan Island (aka ‘Gili T’), off Lombok in Indonesia. Strange Doors is a quote from a David Bowie song 'Scary Monster.' 'Afensou' is a remote village in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. 'Night Wanderer' is a reference to those that seek the quite streets after midnight for their solitude. 'Zombie' was written after watching too many episodes of The Walking Dead. 'From the River to You' is an exploration of the creative process. 'Second Chance' is for those in life that deserve another chance.
'Ballad for Charlie' was written for the great jazz bassist, Charlie Haden, following his unfortunate death. 'Flashjack' is an arrangement of the Australian folk song, Flashjack from Gundagai.
Within and Without will be launched Saturday 17 June at the Sound Lounge, the Seymour Centre, presented by Sydney Improvised Music Association, and 14 October at ZigZag, Berlin.
Jeremy Rose – alto saxophone and bass clarinet
Kurt Rosenwinkel – guitar and effects
Jackson Harrison – piano
Andreas Lang – bass
Tobias Backhaus – drums
2. Within and Without
3. Strange Doors
5. Night Wanderer
7. From the River to You (Harrison)
8. Second Chance
9. Ballad for Charlie
10. Flashjack (trad. Arranged Rose)
All compositions by Rose unless indicated.
Recorded 18-19 April 2016 at Audiocue Studios, Berlin by Rainer Robben
Mixed and mastered September 2016 with Bob Scott
Produced by Jeremy Rose
Cover photography by Seshanka Samarajiwa
Studio and live photography by Javier Chiocchio
Design by Pat Harris
All Compositions Registered with APRA © 2016 All Rights Reserved.
Unauthorised Duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
Special thanks to Milly and everyone at APRA, Kurt, Jackson, Andreas and Tobias for their creative input and beautiful playing, Rainer and Bob for capturing such an great sound, my family and Mei for all their love and support.
This project has been assisted by the APRA Song Hub initiative.