THE ALISTER SPENCE TRIO
‘One of the most illuminating musical entities I’ve ever encountered’ Drum Media, Sydney Australia
Alister Spence- piano / samples
Lloyd Swanton- double bass
Toby Hall- drums, glockenspiel
This trio was formed in Sydney over ten years ago and brings together three of the most exciting, innovative and experienced musicians in contemporary, original Australian jazz music.
They have released three trio CDs on the Rufus Records label, distributed in Australia by Universal Music.
'Mercury', the latest release has received critical acclaim and is just starting to be discovered overseas.
Recorded following the trios hugely successful tour of the UK and Canada in June/July last year (2006) and released in Nov 2006, this CD reflects the energy, interplay, excitement and beauty that captured audiences imaginations from London to Glasgow, Vancouver to Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
It comprises thirteen original tracks composed by Alister and the band.
The melodies, improvisations and acoustic/sampled textures, reflect the highly individual musical journey that the trio is on and point the way to new and exciting possibilities.....
'Soothing atmospherics, flying swing, meaty grooves, free improvising and tranquil pools of lyricism all come and go, beautifully played and sensationally recorded.
The transformations are always guaranteed to draw you into their captivating musical worlds.’ Review of 'Mercury', Sydney Morning Herald, Nov 2006.
The band's two other releases are 'Flux', nominated for Best Australian Jazz Album in 2004 (‘Sydney-based pianist Alister Spence plays like a dream’ Financial Review), and 'Three is a Circle', released in Australia in 2000 and also in Japan (2003) on the Earth Spirit label.
‘It would be no exaggeration to say that Spence is fully rivalling the pianists that have brought about the present boom in piano trio music’
Swing Journal, Tokyo 2003
The three members of this band have a long history of playing together, being well known for their collaboration in the ARIA (Australian Record Industry Awards) award-winning band Clarion Fracture Zone (also winner of Five Stars in Downbeat Magazine USA for their 1993 release Zones on Parade).
They are recognised individually as leading performers and composers in contemporary original jazz music in Australia, enthralling audiences both here and around the world.
Lloyd Swanton (bass) is well know to European audiences through his band 'the Necks'
As a trio this band is noted for its engaging, strong compositions and for the synergy, interplay and energy that they have together.
As previously mentioned they have recently returned from an outstandingly successful tour of clubs and festivals in the UK and Canada in June/July 2006.
The band plans to return overseas in 2008.
Reviews from the tour were unanimously positive:
'Compelling....and harmonically inviting' Edmonton Journal, CAN July 06
'The trio's experience together is reflected in a fluency and understanding that allows them generally to change pace and develop pieces with apparent ease....Dynamic music full of incident and building an exciting momentum.' The Glasgow Herald, UK June 06
'Spence has that priceless gift of always leaving you wanting more...He is never less than absorbing.' Jazzwise Magazine, UK Nov 06
For more information on 'Mercury', photos and MP3 files go to the website: