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‘The Twentieth’ by Daniel Hunter is Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week.

As they say…’First impressions count’, and this debut release is a work that will leave a lasting one. Hunter takes the opportunity of composing a new release to tell the story of his time abroad. Now settled in Paris, the Aussie expat amalgamates a European aesthetic with an Australian Jazz framework. Locally, Hunter quotes influences from outstanding artists including James Muller, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield and more. The artist shows a unique sensitivity throughout each track with regard to both their instrumentation and melodic composition. The album’s orientation, ‘Aaaaah’, presents a moody and fluid arrangement featuring a melodic dance between Hunter and Warren Walker on Tenor Saxophone, opening with both musicians playing in unison and then offering the floor to each respective player to showcase their own interpretations of the musical framework.

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John McBeath – The Australian

“The title track is a strong sax and guitar unison theme of vaguely bluesy origins with cheerful guitar fills before a brief gap and a break into a broken rhythm worked vigorously by Nicolas Charlier’s drums for swinging solos from guitar and then a tension-building tenor. A slow, steady beat starts the oddly titled Aaaaah in its soul-infused melody, an ideal vehicle for Walker’s flowing tenor.

These are highly interesting compositions interpreted impressively.

LABEL: Independent

RATING: 4 stars”

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Chronique sur “The Twentieth” – CultureJazz.fr

“Guitariste anglo-australien, Daniel Hunter (né en 1985) a grandi en Australie réside désormais à Paris. Le titre du disque “Le 20ème” rend hommage à son arrondissement d’adoption ! La musique de cette autoproduction est finement travaillée à partir d’une thématique sobre mais captivante sur laquelle les solistes témoignent à la fois de belles qualités individuelles et d’un solide esprit d’équipe. Les cheminements mélodiques empruntés par le saxophone en compagnie de la guitare sont particulièrement savoureux. Un musicien voyageur à ne pas perdre de vue : suivons-le de près !”

http://www.culturejazz.fr/spip.php?article2387

 

 

Article from The Canberra Times 19/12/2013

Review by Eric Pozza from Canberrajazz.net

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