||Saturday 3 February 2018
||The Sound Lounge
(Adult, SIMA Member/Concession, Multipass, Student)
FIVE BELLS (VIC), SONGS IN THE KEY OF AL
Musical responses to the literary works of drummer, poet, and autodidact Allan Vincent Browne
Image via Ausjazz.net. Allan Browne OAM 28.07.1944 - 13.06.2015
Drummer, bandleader, composer, poet, autodidact Allan Browne OAM was termed a “spiritual leader” by Bennett's Lane Jazz Club owner Michael Tortoni, and by pianist Paul Grabowsky, “the single most important jazz musician that Melbourne has ever produced”.
Image: Five Bells - clockwise from top left - Eugene Ball, Phil Noy, Geoff Hughes, Nick Haywood
Over the course of a decade, the Allan Browne Quintet recorded five albums acclaimed by critics and peers, many of which took cues from great literary works such as Rimbaud’s The Drunken Boat
, A Season in Hell
and Homer’s Odyssey
In the two years since Al passed away, the remaining four members of his quintet have been developing and performing a new repertoire under the name Five Bells, inspired this time by the vast catalogue of unpublished poems and musings by Al himself. Five Bells are honored to present Songs in the Key of Al
for the Sydney Improvised Music Association.
EUGENE BALL trumpet PHIL NOY alto saxophone GEOFF HUGHES
guitar NICK HAYWOOD
SPECIAL SUPPORT, 'REMEMBERING ALLAN'
Writer and journalist John Clare speaks about Allan and gives a reading of Allan's "witty and highly musical poetry", accompanied by drummer Evan Mannell
From John Clare:
"The late Allan Browne was a much loved personality and drummer of brilliant versatility and imagination.
He was an important figure in the later stages of Melbourne's so-called trad jazz revival and he began contributing imaginatively to modern and even avant garde movements.
Browne's life was full of enthusiasms, joys and, eventually, intermittent suffering. He endured a lung transplant and there were times when he played wearing the oxygen tanks he took to most gigs.
"Toward the end of his life Allan suggested that he and I might perform some poems together at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival... The superb drummer Evan Mannell and I will subject some of Allan's witty and highly musical poems to a textural and rhythmic going-over."
Browne eventually died from this catastrophe, yet it was a rare occasion when he did not radiate a unique light of enthusiasm, humour, affection and kindness.
I saw Browne's funeral on television in Sydney. His silver hearse (yes a silver hearse) ran through Melbourne's CBD and up to the heights of the Russell Street regions, followed by many musicians playing from the soul. I don't think they had permission, but no one troubled them.
In the forthcoming celebration Allan's life, the superb drummer Evan Mannell and I will subject some of Allan's witty and highly musical poems to a textural and rhythmic going over. Toward the end of his life Allan suggested that he and I might perform some poems together at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. This will have to do, but I am sure Allan would appreciate Evan's work and kindly tolerate mine."
words, voice EVAN MANNELL
drums ALLAN BROWNE