Wolf + Hound (2015)

by Grayson, Farrugia & Sherlock

‘Wolf & Hound’ is the new album from jazz trio; ‘Grayson, Farrugia & Sherlock’ and features new original material recorded over 2 dates with musician and engineer, Jake Mason.

The hammond organ jazz trio is a rarity on the Australian musical landscape. Consisting of the classic Hammond B3 organ together with a Leslie cabinet, drums and guitar, it’s an ensemble synonymouswith American jazz, gospel and rhythm & blues. Four years ago, these three world class musicians set about reviving the art of the hammond trio in Melbourne, exploring what may be possible with fresh ears and a sense of excitement. What they found was an open sound that gave equal weight to each musician, allowing a freedom not often found in larger ensembles. 

With no bass player, the organist can dictate or follow harmonic conversations with flow and ease. The staccato nature of guitar tones punctuate over the organ’s mid range notes, while the drums can wash over the trio, adding rhythm and colour. The compositions shift in time and space, with harmonic and rhythmic ideas that push the envelope of traditional jazz. Some pieces follow a simple sketch while others tip their hat to standard conventions, all the while allowing the improvisations to remain fluid and tactile.

Ben Grayson is no stranger to the organ, or to the Australian musical landscape. His work with Aussie funk pioneers The Bamboos is widely recognised and in recent years has toured with US folk icon Martha Wainwright and New York local Bilal. 

Daniel Farrugia is the drummers drummer and has made an impeccable mark on the Australian music scene. He covers a diverse variety of musical styles playing and recording with Missy Higgins, Luke Howard Trio, Julia Stone, Tinpan Orange and The Bamboos.

James Sherlock needs no introduction. He is widely respected amongst the echelon of Australian jazz greats, having performed and recorded with Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, Barney McAll and Allan Browne. As well as with visiting artists; the great Jeff "Tain" Watts, Jon Riley, Cyrille Aimee and Sheila Jordan.

The album is released on the new Australian imprint for hammond music; Eleven Pin Music. 

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