The first McGann release since the ARIA-winning Playground (with Sandy Evans) in March 1997, Bundeena returns to the basic trio, with a lineup approaching its 20th year of musical collaboration.
‘This album has more of the dreamy, the languid, the exotic and purely beautiful than the McGann trio has ever recorded before. It is, fittingly, a golden album, named for the sunlit place where McGann once worked as a postman and practised daily in seaside heath and gum forest.’ John Clare.
A rich diversity of original Australian compositions are provided by McGann and Swanton, Alister Spence, Sandy Evans, Tony Gorman and Gai Bryant.
US critic Jerome Wilson wrote of McGann that ‘If this guy was American he would have reached “next big thing” status years ago’ (Cadence, April 2000, of his performance on Susan Gai Dowling Band’s Rent Party).
Bundeena provides further support for that view.
released July 31, 2000
Bernie McGann alto saxophone
Lloyd Swanton acoustic bass
John Pochee drums
Recorded 22, 23 February and mixed 24 February, 13 March 2000 by Ross A'hern at Sony Studios, East Sydney
Mastered by Paul Bryant and Ross A’hern at Sony Studios, East Sydney
Produced by Lloyd Swanton
Painting ‘Blowing a Southerly Buster’ by George Gittoes 1998
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