'Follow Me Through the Red Ash' is the debut album of saxophonist and composer, Cheryl Durongpisitkul. Written throughout 2016 - 2017, the composition explores techniques drawn from musical elements within Igor Stravinsky's ballet, 'Petrushka'. The composition is a through-composed piece written alongside a narrative; the themes in the piece are often directly connected to the characters in the story. The album merges modern jazz with prog rock, 20th century classical and explores improvisation through many different contexts. The piece moves between shimmering landscapes and muddy terrains, weaving the main themes throughout the densely textured composition.
released December 14, 2017
Cheryl Durongpisitkul – Alto saxophone, clarinet (tracks 4, 8, 10) and flute (tracks 2, 5, 7)
Felix Watson – Trumpet
Josh Bennier – Trombone
Marcos Villalta – Guitar
Lincoln Mckenzie – Guitar
Harry Cook – Piano and nord (tracks 10, 11, 12)
Stephen Hornby – Upright bass and electric bass (track 12)
Leo Kavanagh – Drum kit
Recorded at Echidna Studio with Greg Macmillan. Mixed and mastered at Paper Mache Studios with Philip Rex. Album artwork by Marcos Villalta and photography by George Bendall (artwork) and Peter Hornby (studio shot). Graphics by Diane Durongpisitkul. All compositions by Cheryl Durongpisitkul.
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Such beautiful, soulful jazz.
The music here is superbly composed, with compositions that ebb and flow as naturally as the flowing of water, which lends a reflective, elegiac feel to the entire album.
What is particularly impressive is the intuitive feel between all players, with the saxophonists, Julien Wilson and Carl Mackey being especially good throughout.
This is one of the best Australian jazz albums I've heard. Music as natural as breathing. Michael Mueller