A great review of The Monash Sessions with Vince Jones in The Australian last week:
“A JAZZ singer’s longevity can be like a bottle of fine wine, improving with age. For more than 30 years Vince Jones has toured Australia, issued a string of recordings and watched a parade
of the nation’s best musicians pass through his band as a staging post for their brilliant careers. His voice may be a little raspy thanks to years of nightclub singing, but Jones has still got his zing.
His latest release, the fourth in the Monash Sessions series, is Jones at his best. Recorded at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne last October while he was artist-in-residence at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, this Jones performance is enhanced by the fine line-up, including the sensational Sam Keevers on piano. Keevers and Rob Burke co-produced the recording, and the Monash University Vocal Ensemble adds to the lush sound. Pianists Matt McMahon and Paul Grabowsky score thankyou credits, chiefly because of their co-writing, with Jones, of some of his signature tunes that he delivers with that catchy, high minor-note hook capable of making listeners swoon.
Three of his best on this recording — Jettison, Budgie and Rainbow Cake — come from his 1987 album It All Ends Up in Tears, when Jones was probably at his peak, and playing with such jazz luminaries-to-be as Grabowsky, Barney McAll, Doug de Vries and Tony Floyd. Jones lets rip on Wonderworld, adding a Gina Rinehart lyric to give his social commentary extra bite — and to draw a laugh from his audience. 4 stars.”
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