by Bernie McGann

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John Henry Some of the most exciting music I have ever heard - precise, tight and swinging McGann with Mannins is the 'Real Deal' Favorite track: Spirit Song.
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There are plenty of thrilling solar flairs in this complete live performance, recorded with energy and ecstatic crowd reactions intact. Who is the sergeant major who shouts "Yes! Yes sir!" through the second set? He is often at The Sound Lounge. On this special double CD you are too.

When superb tenor saxophonist Roger Manins made one of his return trips from New Zealand to Sydney, his second home, he was asked if he wanted to play as guest with the great Bernie McGann Quartet. ‘Bernie is my hero’, he replied. And both saxophonists are right up there throughout this performance. Their solos are tough, fiery and inventive and their overlapping lines are like heated conversations.

And so is the superb rhythm team of bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer John Pochée up there. Free, interactive, erupting in all the right places, pulsing and driving at all times: a curious pairing of personalities who have given us some of the most exciting music of the past twenty years.

This is also some of the very best of trumpeter Warwick Alder on record. His flying runs, high torrid repetitions and surprise skips and jabs are deployed with a feverish edge.

There are some great McGann tunes and everything you could want from a live jazz performance: the McGann originals - Birthday Blues, Spirit Song, D. Day, Blues for Pablo Too and Salaam - and a Ballad Medley - Lover Man (Oh, where can you be?) Jimmy Davis, Roger ‘Ram’ Ramirez, Jimmy Sherman, Where are you? Jimmy McHugh, My Old Flame Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow.

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released November 6, 2009

Bern McGann alto saxophone
Roger Manins tenor saxophone
Warwick Alder trumpet
Lloyd Swanton acoustic bass
John Pochée drums

2 CD Live Set

Recorded live at The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney 21 January 2006 by Felipe Valencia. Live recording produced and mixed by André Shrimski
Mastered by Kathy Naunton at dB Mastering
Produced by Bern McGann

Cover photo by me



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