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All About Jazz

"An interesting and entertaining recording...with fine performances by all...this disc is a very welcome one".

Sydney Morning Herald

"These musicians guarantee a performance full of colour, humour and rhythmic movement...Space and simplicity are used in a deceptive way. This is very inventive, indeed completely unfettered, playing."


"The musicians on "Oasis" will not be familiar to most American listeners because they are all fixtures of the jazz scene in Sydney, Australia. They have all been in Europe at one time or another and their playing is certainly world class. Pianist Chris Cody, who has a driving postbop style, wrote all of the selections except for "Monks Mood", including the Monkish "Flooze Blues". His music explores plenty of moods including the Arabic "EL Bahdja", the dark ballad "After the Storm, the swinging "Gare de L'Est" and a passionate "Shadows Across the Land". James Greening has plenty of spirit in his playing while the rhythm section is both alert and intuitive, reacting quickly to the ideas of the lead voices...Well worth checking out."

Rolling Stone

"Chris Cody's second album is something of a musical photo album, summing up the seven years he spent in France, and the diverse range of sounds to which he was exposed. Returning to Sydney, the pianist teamed up with a group of players who shared his vision of jazz as an infinitely adaptable artform. This eclecticism can be most obviously heard on "El Bahdja", with its Middle Eastern motif, and the bouncing melodic line which runs through "African Dance". A European sensibility with a nod to Debussy, informs "Green's Peace", an understated composition infused with an appealing lyricism, while "Monk's Mood", the only non-original, is played with humour and a rolling gait"

Saturday Star, USA

"An Australian sextet led by much travelled pianist Cody absorbs rhythms from Africa, Europe and the Americas as well as classical and exotic formats - thus aiding original music sound as accessible and mysterious at the same time."

Swing Journal, Japan

"Cody has absorbed the Jazz and classical music of both Europe and America. That's why this is now an international combo. His works have an original 4-beat influenced by East-European, modal and Monk-like taste, and it is versatile music too. We can enjoy the combination."

The Australian Financial Review

"There is an almost Ellingtonian spirit in Cody's spare piano playing and his dedication to an overall band sound...instead of technical displays, which Cody resists as an end in themselves, there is the gentle construction of moods and narratives­Kcarefully constructed and played with charm and finesse"

The Drum Media, Australia

"There's a touch of the Kind Of Blues about Oasis, and complements don't come much higher than that...Cody's piano is a constant highlight, reaching deep and soulful within his strikingly bold melodies."

John Shand
Sydney Morning Herald

It only took an hour for Chris Cody's music to take you round the world. Let's see the airlines beat that.

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