Ithaca Bound (Allan Browne Quintet)
meditations on the journeys , adventures and spiritual life of homer' s great odysseus in his journey home to ithaca.
"early in 2002 i was on life support. my gig life seemed over. then mid year i was given another chance. an unknown donor and the wonderful alfred hospital transplant team gave me another working lung. i could play again!
"i had always dreamt of a quintet with guitar. in the mid 90's geoff hughes settled in melbourne, after an illustrious career in nz and amsterdam. we formed a trio with ben robertson , recording "the drop". geoff is much sought after as an accompanist /contemporary soloist, is a senior lecturer at the v.c.a. and great composer/arranger.
"i had worked with nick haywood in a trio with tim stevens. another leading player, he currently leads his own, ausralian jazz bell award winning quartet.
"eugene ball i have known since his teens. a pivotal member of andy keller's quartet and the hoodangers he was also with me in the rascals. he is highly sought after for his writing and playing with a bell award to his credit for our "from the highest tower".
"david rex graced our first two albums, making way for the incredible phillip noy on alto. " noisie", apart from being with bopstretch and the bamboos, built the superb drumset used on this session. all these musicians are my creme de la creme, and after twelve years we are like a family.
"this is our fifth album of completely original work . "cyclosporin " reflected my lung transplant drugs and "the drunken boat" and "a season in hell" were inspired by my hero authur rimbaud's 19th century symbolism.
"conjuror" was a disc accompanying a book of poems, celebrating some of the wonderful american players i accompanied here in australia. it also featured the writing and playing of another great colleague, marc hannaford... and so to this project, celebrating my favourite poem... homer's epic odyssey."
"Ithaca Bound is a beautiful album. Browne will be greatly missed by the jazz community." Loud Mouth - The Music Trust (June 2016)