Official Release June 27 | Available June 2nd 2014
The Java Quartet celebrate 20 years with the release of their seventh album and a June 2014 tour. The appropriately named new album, Together, returns to the acoustic (and organic) nature of the group, blending exotic grooves and spoken word into the jazz harmonic world that is The Java Quartet. At once driving, trance-like and reflective, The Java Quartet establishes their own corner of sonic territory.
Recorded live in a large TV studio, Together captures a two-day session of intuitive playing, trust and solidarity that comes from two decades of shaping a collective musical memory. A beautiful acoustic work created by Michael Galeazzi bass, Matthew Ottignon sax, Mike Quigley drums, Greg Coffin piano, Together is spiced with guest Bobby Singh’s seamless tabla playing and an additional two ‘bonus’ tracks featuring spoken word interplay by wordsmith MC Morganics.
Together is all that is typically Java: spacious, diverse, elegant and honest.
“The Java Quartet are popular without being desperately populist. They are inventive and distinctive without the need to be creative getting in the road of delivering enjoyment. They are catchy. Fans of various idioms feel it ... influences from pop music as well as jazz and various ethnic musics are blended deceptively into the Java sound”
- John Clare
“The Java Quartet inhabits its own space, unlike that of any other aggregation, in Australia or anywhere else - supremely melodic, full of taut, yet limpid, grooves and packed with soul”
- Kenny Weir, Sunday herald Sun