Reviews For Something Snappy
The union of Bradford and Clark, responsible for having issued five Adelaide jazz CDs in the past year, is as unlikely as it is productive. Bradford, proprietor of backyard recording label Round Records (which had mainly presented acts Bradford either wrote songs for or performed with), doesn't profess to be an expert or even a devoted fan of jazz, yet he knows when a good sound deserves to be catalogued on disc.
He came to know Clark in 1984 by engaging him as a sound engineer for several recording projects. Clark eventually played bass on several tracks. Their musical encounters became more frequent. Then Clark played Bradford tapes of recordings he had made of his Adelaide jazz associates at play - and the liaison between the two men took a new direction.
"There were these fantastic performances on tape, just sitting on the shelf, with no one listening to them,'' Bradford says. "It sparked a realisation in me. Adelaide has the best jazz school in the country but no recording outlet for the top students who come through it. And suddenly I come across a producer and a player in James, who has all the right connections. I had the framework with the record label to make proper use of this. It was an obvious link.''
The first jazz disc of Round Records was by bass player Les Millar. Then Clark pointed out the emerging crop of young jazz talent ripe for recording: stylish pianist and arranger Kym Purling, firebrand young guitarist James Muller and popular songbird Catherine Lambert.
Such is the quality of the discs that they have triggered outstanding new opportunities for the performers. Lambert has been booked to perform at Ronnie Scott's famous London jazz club this year on the strength of her album. Purling will travel with her as musical director.
Bradford is now inundated with calls from hopeful
acts. Some of these have surfaced on the compilation disc Something Snappy,
which was created as a bargain-priced teaser to attract new listeners
to the quality of Adelaide jazz acts. It's on sale for $9.95, thanks to
sponsorship from such enthusiastic Adelaide businesses as B sharp Records,
the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel and promoter/manager Don Moir. Now, Clark
and Bradford have created a window of opportunity. "We don't profess
to be the be-all and end-all. We're just doing stuff we believe in,''
There's a surprising quantity of outstanding, young
contemporary jazz talent at work in Adelaide and you can hear the pick
of the bunch on this 12-song teaser disc - a sample of tracks from other
Round Records albums by the likes of songbird Catherine Lambert, powerful
bassist Les Millar, guitar firebrand James Muller and brisk pianist Kym
Purling. What's more, there's the hint of future treats from trumpeter
Liz Geyer, singer Michella Nicole and power saxophonist Andy Sugg. Great
variety - great music.