Trombone Song Cycle champions two instruments best described as underrated and under utilised within the jazz/improvised music world; trombone and voice. The truth is, they both have the potential to creatively inhabit a wide variety of musical territories; a listening experience which this album provides thanks to the imagination of Joshua Kyle and the arranging nous of Andrew Murray.
The musicians on this album are all true virtuosos on their instruments, but it is the broad range of colours and timbres that make this combination captivatingly unique. Kyle’s versatility sees him switch between roles seemingly effortlessly; delivering meaningful text, providing a solid bassline to underpin group improvisations or blending seamlessly as if he were another trombone in the section.
The listener is also spoilt by four very distinctive and inventive trombonists in Jordan Murray, James Macaulay, James Greening and Adrian Sherriff; the individuality of each shining through Murray’s lush arrangements. This album is a triumph of expression, creativity and innovation and one that will hopefully pave the way for more wonderful musical explorations to come out of the fertile Australian music scene.
“the instrument possessing above all others the power to express the wide and varied range of emotions encompassed by the human voice…” – James Weldon Johnson
Shannon Barnett (August 2018)