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Dragon River 05:49
2.
Blues 13 07:56
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Omnivore 07:56
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Go The 80's 05:45
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Kenny B 07:19
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Poker Man 09:15
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Put Put Put 09:29
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Mullengrove 05:48
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Party Racks 02:44

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Fusion Produces Blasts of Sonic Heat
Author: John Shand
Date: 03/06/2004
Sydney Morning Herald

CARL DEWHURST QUARTET

Excelsior Hotel June 1

Ever since Elvis Presley's pelvic gyrations punted jazz from centre stage into the wings of popular music, rock and jazz have made uncomfortable bedfellows. A dozen years later they tried kissing and making up, although only a handful of artists extended the flirtation into a deep and meaningful relationship. The 1970s threw up countless examples of these star-crossed lovers generating the worst of both worlds: jazz musicians with a penchant for platform shoes, and rock musicians with a penchant for mass-producing notes.

Some of the best jazz-rock of recent times has come from Australian musicians with a genuine understanding of both forms, and with something fresh to say. Guitarist Carl Dewhurst , one of the warmest and most versatile jazz musicians to emerge here in the past decade, had a youthful infatuation with rock, which still bubbles to the surface given half a chance.

Six years ago his quartet recorded its first CD, Put Put Put, and in that time the band has evolved considerably: from cool jazz with a funky edge to paint-peeling blasts of sonic heat.

Here Dewhurst, keyboard player Stu Hunter , bassist Cameron Undy and drummer Warren Trout were launching their second CD, Live (Jazzgroove ), and raising the temperature a few more degrees. On Kenny B Dewhurst showed he could easily have typecast himself as a supreme blues guitarist, not just because of his ability to make the instrument cry, but also because of his delicate touch as filigree little runs faded to a vanishing point near the horizon.

Go the 80s was a monument to excess, with howls of distortion, bullying flams from the drums, thumping bass riffs and squalls of keyboard pandemonium. A new three-part suite called The Phoenix Trilogy was more avant-rock than jazz, although the rhythm section remained supremely supple as the guitar and synthesizer converged in a secret tryst where the identities of both were blurred. If the band took time to reach this pitch, it was worth waiting for.

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released June 1, 2004

Carl Dewhurst - guitar
Stu Hunter - Keyboard
Cameron Undy - Bass
Warren Trout - Drums

Recorded live at the Side On Cafe by Richard Belkner 25/10/03
Mixed and Mastered by Richard Belkner

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Carl Dewhurst Sydney, Australia

Carl is a musician from Sydney, Australia. He is one of the country's most highly regarded jazz and improvising guitarists. He's also a songwriter, bass guitarist, drummer and producer.
Carl is a lecturer in Jazz and Improvised Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
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