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Region: Orange, New South Wales.

An outstanding example of barrel ferment Chardonnay produced from Rosemount*s Canobolas Vineyard at Orange. Bright deep straw colour. Intense aroma of yeast lees and toasted oak, followed by layers of spice and butterscotch. Mouthfilling palate flavours dominated by toasted oak, biscuit, cashews, almond and yeast lees, leaving in the background the ripe peach and melon flavours. Excellent balance with considerable complexity followed by a long smoky, toasted oak, almond and biscuit aftertaste. Cellar 3-4 years.$19.99 each or $239.88 per dozen

Region: Griffith, New South Wales.

Noble One has built up an enviable reputation as one of Australia*s great wines, and often a very serious contender to the First Growths of Sauternes.Brilliant brassy gold colour. Excellent lifted citrus, honey nose with an apricot background and just a hint of toffee. On the palate the honey citrus flavours are dominant, however, in the 1997 wine there is an absence of decadent lusciousness which has become one of the distinguishing features of this wine. There is still loads of flavour, good depth and persistence. Clean crisp acid finish, followed by honey and citrus aftertaste. Cellar 3-4 years.$19.99 each or $237.00 per dozen

Region: Colnar-Alsace, France.

An exotic mouthfilling example of the style. Deep straw colour, verging on brassy gold with a slight spritzig evident. The nose is slightly broad with delicate aromas of honeysuckle, followed by some floral and loquat notes. The palate texture is almost oily with a degree of viscosity not expected and suggesting some extended skin contact. The palate flavours display the same exotic characteristics as experienced on the nose - honeysuckle and loquat are dominant, followed by some dried apricot and just a hint of compote. The acid levels are holding up for the medium term. Cellar 2-3 years.$19.99 each or $234.00 per dozen

Region: Colnar - Alsace, France.

The deep colour indicates that a substantial wine is to follow. This wine contains all the qualities one seeks out in Alsatian Gewurztraminer. Bright, brassy gold colour with considerable spritzig in the glass. Intense lifted spicy lychee nose - powerful and definitely Alsace. The palate is viscous - almost the consistency of light oil with incredible depth of flavour. Mouthfilling - extract of lychee. Clean crisp acidity, followed by dry finish with honey, spice and lychee lingering long into the aftertaste. Cellar 3-5 years.$18.99 each or $222.00 per dozen

Region: Colnar -Alsace , France.

A wonderful fine Riesling which finds the right degree of balance between flint, flavour and finesse. Bright straw colour with green film. Delicate floral nose, very fragrant, light, yet no mistaking its presence - perfumed with notes of rose petal and lemon blossom. On the palate the faintest hint of some bottle development is suggested. Delicate grapefruit, citrus, flint and floral flavours manifest themselves on the palate. Clean crisp acidity - a perfect wine with delicate seafood. Cellar 3-5 years.$16.99 each or $198.00 per dozen


Region: Marlborough, New Zealand.

What a great Sauvignon Blanc! Brilliant, very pale straw colour. Outstanding nose, intense, grassy, unripe and ripe gooseberry aromas with herbaceous background notes. The relationship of the aroma component parts is approaching perfection. Mouthfilling palate, exquisite balance of tropical fruit, ripe gooseberry and grassy herbaceous flavours, perfect equilibrium, no flavour component overshadowing another, just a new harmonious whole. Perfect balance and fine dry finish, followed by exceptionally long aftertaste of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit. Cellar 3-4 years.$16.99 each or $198.00 per dozen

Region: Polish Hill River, South Australia.

Arguably the best Riesling ever made by John Wilson. Bright pale straw colour. Excellent lifted nose with distinct aromas of pear, rose petal and lime. Full bodied palate, mouthfilling with the flavour of lime, citrus and ripe pear. Outstanding length and concentration of flavour. Perfect balance. Clean precise acidity, followed by very long aftertaste of spice, pear and lime. Cellar 5-8 years.$16.99 each or $192.00 per dozen

Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

An outstanding example of Riesling. Bright pale straw colour. Superb nose with lifted aroma of lime, citrus and spice. The palate has both weight and depth of flavour, mouthfilling citrus, lime and pear flavours are abundant and in great concentration. This is one of those rare wines that is almost seamless (a quality that is very hard to achieve and quite rare). Perfect balance with exceptionally long aftertaste. Great cellaring potential over the next 5 to 8 years.$16.99 each or $201.00 per dozen

Region: Orange, New South Wales.

Produced from fruit grown at Reynolds Bantry Grove Vineyard in the Orange District of NSW. Bright straw colour. Excellent nose filled with peach, melon and subtle oak aromas with hints of butterscotch and spice in the background. The palate has a creamy texture and good weight with balanced toasted oak, almonds, peach and melon flavours. Excellent length, followed by long smoky oak, melon, spice and almond aftertaste. Cellar 2-3 years$16.99 each or $201.00 per dozen


Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Winemaker Pam Dunsford maintains that this wine could be kept for 5-10 years, by which time it will develop some nutty characteristics, however, keeping this wine any longer than summer is going to be very hard work indeed. This is a delightful fresh, aromatic Verdelho. Bright pale straw colour. Intense fresh aromatic nose, filled with the aroma of tropical fruit and just a hint of honeysuckle. Full bodied, melon, citrus and tropical fruit palate. Mouthfilling, followed by clean crisp acid finish and very long fresh tropical fruit, citrus aftertaste.$14.99 each or $179.88 per dozen

Region: South Australia.

A very well made, fresh, commercial unwooded Chardonnay. Bright pale straw

colour. Lifted nose of peach, melon and stoned fruit with a tropical fruit end note. Excellent palate weight with citrus and melon flavours dominant which fill the palate, leaving the tropical fruit flavour components in the background. Clean crisp acid finish, sufficient for the next couple of years. Enjoy over summer.

$13.99 each or $162.00 per dozen

Region: Clare Valley, South Australia.

One of the sniffing highlights of the season. Brilliant straw colour with green film. Magnificent lifted aroma of lime, rosepetal and pear. The mouth filling palate flavours echo the nose and are extended by a very fresh tang of lemon. Excellent balance, crisp acid finish, followed by a very long lime, citrus and pear aftertaste. Cellar 3-4

years.$13.99 each or $162.00 per dozen


Region: Margaret River, Western Australia.

A delightful summer wine. Bright pale watery colour. The nose displays the freshness expected from a young white with distinct aromas of quince and tropical fruit, followed by a grassy end note. The palate has good weight with the flavour of Jonathan apples and quince dominant. Clean crisp acidity followed by long quince, apple and citrus aftertaste. Cellar 1 year.$12.99 each or $159.00 per dozen

Region: McLarenVale, South Australia.

Deep straw colour almost approaching brassy gold. Aroma of green tea, peach and melon followed by some herbal background notes, over which dominates a heavy dose of cinnamon oak. The butterscotch barrel ferment aromas are carried through onto the palate. Creamy texture, followed by grapefruit, almond, butterscotch and toasted oak flavour. Good length with slightly extracted bitter finish and a nut, peach and butterscotch aftertaste. Cellar 1-2 years.$8.99 each or $105.00 per dozen

Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia.

This wine offers both age and affordability. Deep brassy gold colour, showing signs of early bottle development, with aromas of green tea, vanilla and nut over a grassy background. Mouthfilling palate with flavours of ripe tropical fruits and vanilla oak, followed by a very distinct spicy oak back palate which carries all the way through to the aftertaste. An excellent value for money and affordable early drinking wine.$7.99 each or $95.88 per dozen



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Winner ARIA Awards 1999 for Jazz

Andrew Speight Quartet - "Andrew Speight Quartet" (ABC Music / Emi)
Other Nominations:

Browne, Haywood, Stevens "Sudden In A Shaft Of Sunlight" (ABC Music / Emi)

Jamie Oehlers - "Strut" (Sunset / Shock)

Janet Seidel - "The Way You Wear Your Hat" (La Brava)

Scott Tinkler Trio - "Sofa King" (Origin)

Last year's winner in this category : Chaplin / Tinkler / Rex / Lambie "The Future”

"ANDREW SPEIGHT QUARTET" Australian alto saxophonist Andrew Speight has emerged as one of the country's most exciting young jazz talents attracting critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. His sax style has won respect for its "emotional and aggressive nature" as well as for its "full bodied sound", "ability to improvise effortlessly long flowing lines at any temp", technical proficiency and "dedication to the jazz tradition". He is numbered among the "Young Lions" who have "caught [Wynton] Marsalis'] ear" and "will carry the music's torch into the next century". (Soundscapes - Australia - Kevin Jones) "It seems strange that this nation's best alto saxophonist is an Australian living and playing in East Lansing" - Patrick Bryant, Michigan State News, 3/6/92. "Speight's stature can be gauged by the company he keeps: he is at home with the best in any setting. His bright, swinging power, a mixture of smooth exuberance and passionate deliberation shone on the aptly named Hurricane Andrew." - Review of performance by US sextet, The Detroit Connection, at Sydney Harbour Jazz Festival. Kevin Jones, The Australian, 31/12/97. "For all his fluency, the outstanding characteristic of Speight's playing was its fire… he tore into his solos with undeniable passion and spontaneity." - Quartet performance with Paul Grabowsky - Bennetts Lane, Adrian Jackson, The Age 16/5/98. "Without the use of a microphone, Speight's alto filled the room with a compelling sound… His enormous assurance and commendable facility were brought to bear on teeming melodic ideas." - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 20/5/98 Record Company : ABC Music / EMI
Bennetts Lane Band Database - 184 bands have played at Bennetts Lane
A: Angels of Soul, Artisans Workshop, Gil Askey Combo, AtmaSphere, Peter Ayliff Quintet
B: Baecastuff, Judy Bailey Band, Dale Barlow Quintet, Beard/Jackson Quartet, Bone Idle, Boplicity, Bourke, Gould Trio, BrazJazz, Martin Breeze Quartet, Gordon Brisker Quartet, Brian Brown Trio, Brian Brown's 'Flight', Browne, Costello & Rex Trio, Browne, Haywood & Stevens Trio, Allan Browne New Orleans Trio, Gai Bryant Quartet, Bucketrider, Rob Burke Band, Fiona Burnett, Don Burrows and Kevin Hunt Trio
C: Linda Cable Quartet, Ruby Carter Quartet, Catholics, Ian Chaplin Trio, Joe Chindamo Trio, (Paris), Clarion Fracture Zone, Diana Clarke Quartet, Chris Cody
D: Elliot Dalgleish, Dancing In Your Head, Decoy, Anton Delecca Quartet, Doug DeVries Trio, Monique DiMattina Quartet, DIG (Directions in Groove), Lily Dio, Donut, Margie Lou Dyer Trio
E: (the) Engine Room, Ernie
F: Lance Ferguson Trio, Mark Fergusson Trio, Nina Ferro Quartet, Festa, Mark Fitzgibbon Quartet, Nichaud Fitzgibbon Quartet, Fourplay, Emma Franz Quartet, Freesome Frock
G: Andrew Gander Trio, Annie Gastin Quartet, Jacki Gaudion Quintet, Christophe Genoux Quintet, Linda George Quintet, Jim Glasson Quintet, GO!, (The) Gospel Soul Train, Paul Grabowsky Trio, Steve Grant Band, Erik Griswald Quartet
H: Cathy Harley Quartet, John Hawes Jazz Ensemble, Hoodangas, Colin Hopkins Trio, Tim Hopkins Band, Hotter Than Six, Ed Hughes Quintet, Geoff Hughes Trio, Kevin Hunt Trio, Steve Hunter, Hustas-Keller Trio, Alex Hutchinson Quartet
I: IOTA, Mark Isaccs "On Reflection", Ish Ish
J: Jazz Avenue Jazz Off The , Yvette Johanson Quartet, David Jones Band, Justine Jones Quartet, Peter Jones Trio, Jump Monk
K: Sam Keevers Trio, Ernie & Andrea Keller Trio, Kevin Keough Quartet, Simon Kent Matt Kirsch Trio, Geoff Kluke Quartet, Peter Knight's Super 400
L: Lewis & Young
M: Carl Mackey John Mackey Dave MacRae Trio, Gianni Marinucci Quartet, Nerida Mason Quintet, Barney McAll Quintet, Cam McAllister Bernie McGann Quarte, McJazz, Rob McWilliams Quartet, Mark Meader Trio, Lucas Michailidis Group, Leslie Miller Quartet, Mind The Gap, Mistaken Identity, Richard Montgomery Trio, Moody's Brood, Morgana, James Muller Trio, Tamara Murphy Quartet, Jordan Murray Sexte, Musikki Oy
N: Ted Nettelbeck Trio, New Tango Quintet, Michelle Nicole Quartet, Dan Nilsson Quartet, Mike Nock Band
O: Jamie Oehlers Quartet, Julie O'Hara Quartet, On The Other Hand, Jackie Orszaczky Quintet
P: Nikki Parrott, Alex Pertout and Friends, Peter Pertucci Trio, Kym Purling Band (Las Vegas)
R: Rascals, Adrian Rawlins, Poetry, Red Onions, Paul Rettke Quartet, Dave Rex Quartet ,Ben Roberston Band
S: Jex Saarelaht Trio, Niko Schauble Band, Schmoe & Co, Craig Schneider Trio, Ken Schroder's "Phew", Shelly Scown Quartet, Bob Sedergreen Trio, James Sherlock Trio, Adam Simmons Quartet, SNAG, Andrew Speight Quartet, Allister Spence Trio, STIR, Guy Strazzullo, Andy Sugg Quartet, Christine Sullivan Quintet, Andrew Swan Quartet
T: Mark Taylor Quintet, (The) Three Tenors, Tibetan Dixie, Scott Tinkler Trio, Tree, Troika
U: Unlokked, Jeff Usher Band
V: Tom Vincent Trio, Ted Vining Trio
W: Ren Walter's TIP, Wanderlust, Bob Watson Quartet, Sean Wayland Quintet, Jon Webber, Ian Whitehurst Quartet, Paul Williamson's , Julien Wilson Quartet, Tim Wilson Trio
Y: Edward York Quartet, Lisa Young Quartet
Z: Viktor Zappner Band

A first grade teacher collected well-known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and had them come up with the rest. Their insight may surprise you -

Better to be safe than .... Punch a 5th grader

Strike while the .... Bug is close

It's always darkest before .... Daylight Savings Time

Never underestimate the power of .... Termites

You can lead a horse to water but .... How?

Don't bite the hand that .... Looks dirty

No news is .... Impossible

A miss is as good as a .... Mr.

You can't teach an old dog new .... Math

If you lie down with dogs, you'll .... Stink in the morning \

Love all, trust .... Me

The pen is mightier than the .... Pigs

An idle mind is .... The best way to relax

Where there's smoke there's.... Pollution

Happy the bride who .... Gets all the presents

A penny saved is .... Not much

Two’s company, three’s .... The Musketeers

Don't put off till tomorrow what .... You put on to go to bed

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and .... You have to blow your nose

None are so blind as .... Helen Keller

Children should be seen and not .... Spanked or grounded

If at first you don't succeed .... Get new batteries

You get out of something what you .... See pictured on the box

When the blind leadeth the blind .... Get out of the way
An attempt to catch up with The Hoodangers at Mayfields on a very hot Melbourne evening (1/12) was unsuccessful due to their not being scheduled for that night, and was postponed for a week. No problem, Manchester Lane sounded promising – Monique DiMattina and friends, with the added attraction of air conditioning. A warmish stroll to Manchester Lane and, horror of horrors, the place is chockers with conference delegates. Having tried unsuccessfully once before to enjoy music at Manchester Lane when it is crowded, I did not hang around. Pity.
What a wonderful town is Melbourne for music fans. Two events on a Wednesday night don’t work out, and still there are opportunities to hear some fine music. To Bennetts Lane, of course, always reliable, a friendly and comfortable setting, a listeners’ joint.
Mistaken Identity” I’ve written about on a number of occasions - a Melbourne quintet that has developed a local reputation for playing swinging, mainstream jazz. Led by two members of a famous jazz family, Steve Sedergreen (piano) and Mal Sedergreen (alto, tenor sax), the band also includes Toby Mak (trumpet), James Clark (bass), and replacing Danny Fisher on drums is Tony Floyd.
The band mostly plays original tunes by Mal (and some by Steve), and aims for an accessible sound. Steve explained that the style of writing, the arranging, the relatively brief solos are each designed to maintain interest for the listener. He is pleased with the audience response this approach has evinced.
The original tunes have attractive structure, incorporating a recognisable melody and ample space for improvising. Rhythm is varied across the standard tempos, and a number of Latin-influenced numbers are in their repertoire. Most tunes begin and conclude with ensemble sax-trumpet unison playing (they’ve practised hard to ensure smooth synchrony). It is a fine line in having a band formula allowing an identifiably distinctive sound, but without being unduly restricted by it. One area in which I would like to see some loosening up is in the soloing which is tight but brief. At times some interesting ideas are nipped in the bud in the interests of the formula – a characteristic I found frustrating at times. On this occasion, I was also a little disappointed to recognise all the numbers from previous visits during past seasons.
A number of the tunes are tributes to various influences including Mike Nock (Knock Knock), Dale Barlow (Dale), Mal’s dog (Mr Messer, Mosying). A couple by Steve were very attractive – the contemplative Prayer for Lost Souls, and Toby’s solo in Musician and No Chef. Tony is new to the band, and Steve’s visual messages to Tony were fascinating to watch. The collaboration was especially close on Knock Knock, as piano and drums built a conversation. Of the non-originals, there were some interesting time changes in Eleanor Rigby, and a funky rhythm in Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground
Toby’s playing has become much more assured in the past year or so, and this is most noticeable in his more aggressive attack. His tone is becoming denser, more powerful, too (perhaps there are steroids just for the lung?). Whether blowing his trumpet (with occasional effective muting) or flugelhorn, Toby certainly plays "bigger" than his appearance would suggest. He is young, very slight and looks as though he should be in school uniform.
Like his father, Steve is a fine pianist (though Bob Sedergreen’s style is much more blues influenced), and whether soloing or supporting another’s playing he always appears in command of the tune, and intent on exploring the tune’s possibilities rather than defending conservatively. With his often jaggard, physically restless movements, he evokes the image of someone wrestling with a recalcitrant foe, rather than as say, a Mark Fitzgibbon smoothly extracting the musical elixir with the piano as a willing collaborator.
A good night, but some new tunes are needed.

The Hoodangers (Mayfields 1/12) have possibly found the venue to recreate the feel that existed during their long residency at the late lamented McCoppins. It is a larger venue, but with ample stage room and pretty good acoustics, and in their home territory (the inner northern suburbs), the band seemed very much at home. They have garnered a strong supporting group of fans who tend to come to every gig, making the event appear as simply a regular meeting of friends. The atmosphere is always upbeat and friendly, and on this warm night we book a table and have a rather forgettable meal. The early part of the night’s entertainment is provided by a class learning the latest dance called the Chiroc (or something), a mix of swing and dirty dancing. They were followed by a support act whose name (if they had one) was not announced. Employing electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mouth harp, drums, and female vocal, the band played originals as far as I could tell, with a modicum of talent and some Smith St angst.
Not until 11pm did the ‘Dangers make it to the stage, and without regular bassist Shannon Birchall. The lineup was trumpet (Eugene Ball), clarinet (Chris Tanner), trombone (Ben Gillespie), banjo (Mal Williams), bass (Tamara Murphy), drums (Ollie Browne).The venue really suited the volume they produce - sounding clean and direct, neither muffled nor muddied by echo from the hard surfaces that predominate at Mayfields.
I’ve written many times about their infectious style of music, and how sometimes their loosely-coupled arrangements fall flat. Happily, they were right on-song this time, tighter than the last few times I’ve heard them, but without losing the spontaneity that makes them so endearing. Chris’ clarinet variously soared and purred, and Eugene punctuated the musical conversations with searing trumpet bursts. As usual, Ben’s trombone emphasised counter-punching more than leads, and there was plenty of the jamming that I love to hear – underlying order within apparent chaos. Tamara was an able replacement for Shannon, though it meant the Shannon tune Cabbie From Another Country was not to be heard.
A higher proportion of instrumentals to songs was welcome as it enabled the players to stretch out further and more frequently. A few of their fan’s favourites were there also – Northcote, Garden State, their own words to St James Infirmary, but all too soon they were finished. They always finish prematurely, and I haven’t figured out whether they are simply lazy bastards, or whether their refusal to play long enough to satisfy me is a ploy to keep their fans wanting more, and coming back to see them. It seems to work, though they don’t get the sort of exposure they deserve.
That was their last night at Mayfields, but they will play at The Toucan Club (nee Truffula Tree) in St Georges Rd on Monday night (13/12). Speaking of lazy bastards, Un Groupo De Cabrones, Sam Keevers’ Cuban-inspired group plays at Eyton-on-Yarra on Saturday night – should be great.
A couple of wonderful events as part of 2000 Melbourne Jazz Festival: Sunday nights at the Botanic Gardens, 23 Jan - Renee Geyer with The Barney McAll Sextet; at a later date – Vince Jones and s group including James Muller on guitar.
Also in January, The Blue Note Sound will honour the famous jazz record label – with Sam Keevers (piano), Paul Williamson (sax), Tim Neal (Hammond), James Sherlock (guitar) and others.
Yet another new venue 9th Ward at the Elizabeth St and Flinders Lane corner will open soon Wed to Sun, 4pm-3am with jazz, comedy, cabaret as the themes.
At Crown, a new jazz and blues spot is Next Blue, opening Dec 20th
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