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February 8, 2013
Here, we have another review of Big Creatures & Little Creatures!
Big Creatures & Little Creatures
BASSIST Tamara Murphy, who received the 2012 inaugural PBS Young
Elder of Jazz Commission, heads a band here with drummers Joe Talia
and Daniel Farrugia, trombonist Jordan Murray and guitarist Nashua
Lee. The ensemble blends heady atmospherics with grooves and
melodies, along with a mix of electronics and superlative musicianship.
Boulders Make Strong Friends opens with Murray providing a thrusting
staccato trombone over guitar, bass and drums. It shifts to a riveting
guitar solo, underpinned by driving drums before fading into electronic
atmospherics. The track then segues into Refractal, followed by the final
take, Bitter Sweet. Opening with Murphy’s accentuated bass, Murray’s
trombone then enters so subdued, floating across the top like a wraith.
As Murphy starts bowing the bass, her distinctly classical lines come
through over Lee’s guitar. This is enchanting stuff, it’s hypnotic and
hallucinatory, and is not an album you mindlessly play in the background.
Rather, it requires close listening.
EG, The Age, Friday 8th February, 2013.
January 23, 2013
Here’s a lovely review of the Keller-Murphy-Browne gig on Monday
night at bennett’s lane, by Eric Pozza, from his blog, Canberra Jazz…
To see it live, go to:
But here it is anyway in full…:
It felt like a flight of angels passing by. The closest thing to Heaven.
This was the Allan Browne, Tamara Murphy, Andrea Keller Trio playing
in the dim light of Bennett’s Lane. It was a Monday night, which seems
to be an evening allocated to Allan for his gatherings. He’s a long term
name. I mentioned hearing his name in the ’70s from Adelaide and he
corrected me to the ’60s. Then he was telling a visiting Canadian saxist
that he’d played at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and it was big, everyone
was there, Miles… I think of Art Blakey and Paul Motion, serious and
respected, who gathered such important musicians around them.
This is a trio formed out of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival
four years back. There’s a air of caring here and Allan mentioned it.
The music is gentle, the volume is low – mostly – and the listening is
obvious. Andrea’s tone is a thing of Heaven, the lightest touch that
speaks of her attachment and love of playing. It’s obvious as she sits,
bent over the keys, smiling. This is intimate; you feel privileged to be
allowed into this space. Tamara, too. It’s a heavier instrument and her
strings are not light. As bassists interminably do, we discussed strings
and setups (Tamara, excuse me). She obviously works to get the sounds
from her bass. It’s quite a hard sound, with short sustain, played
expressively and very melodically. She grimaces with some notes. She
often sings with phrases. It’s a recommendation made to many players,
to sing with solos to avoid muscle memory and cliches. Tamara is not
faking. This is clearly real. And the old man of the set is the host and
raconteur, introducing with wit and affection. His playing is also of the
lightest touch, switching through mallets and sticks (not sure if I remember
brushes), but can also be explosive, louder, just once I noticed it drowning
out the rest, but always responsive as the wise and experienced can be.
Their music was mainly original. Tamara’s Lullaby at the end was a clear
favourite of the audience and a feature for the band, but there were a
string of others, like Tamara’s Travellers or Andrea’s That day or Allan’s
Cyclosporine. They all wrote. They played Monk’s Hackensack and I think
it was an another Andrea original that had clear strains of Monk. They played
Fats Waller’s most perfect jazz tune, Jitterbug waltz. They had started with
Henry Mancini’s Days of wine and roses. From the top, this was softly spoken
and richly altered. The tune only became evident after perhaps a chorus of
Andrea’s improvisation. Then even when the cycles were obvious, the
phrasing remained displaced, sequenced, expansive over a patter of busy
drums and the bass working the changes. This is classic piano trio stuff;
the stuff of legend. Andrea said later that Bill Evans had a light touch. I
checked Youtube. Bill’s touch was somewhat heavier than Andrea’s, but
I felt in company like that. Invited to an intimate space by fluent but
reflective hosts; entertaining but not entertainment. A gift. My theology
is rusty, but I could imagine that’s what Heaven is, or is said to be. Allan
Browne (drums), Tamara Murphy (bass) and Andrea Keller (piano) performed
at Bennett’s Lane.
Posted by Eric Pozza
January 14, 2013
We are very honoured by Eastside radio in Sydney, who have
made Big Creatures & Little Creatures album of the week!! Go here
to have a look!! They are giving away one copy each day this week,
so tune in!
Thanks Eastside radio!!!!!
Here is the full blurb:
“Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week is Big Creatures & Little
Creatures by Murphy’s Law.
After winning the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission in 2011,
Melbourne double bassist Tamara Murphy set about an alternative
and different project. Adding to her double bass came an electric
guitar, drums, trombone and electronic soundscapes. The result
was this quite brilliant album Big Creatures & Little Creatures.
From the album artwork, which has transformable covers that lets
the owner play with them and choose how they want it to look; to
the suite of 5 movements that the LP is made up of, the whole affair
is modern and artistic.
Each movement on the album is designed to let each member of the
quintet to showcase their different instrument. The result is a sound
that sways between alternative jazz, neo classical and post rock. As
such moods vary throughout, from lush ambience, fiery resonance
and moody textures. Undeniably it’s a unique sounding and thought
Big Creatures and Little Creatures is an independent release by
Tamara Murphy. For more information go to tamaramurphy.com
Stay closely tuned to Eastside as we are giving away a copy of Big
Creatures & Little Creatures to a listener every-day this week!”
January 8, 2013
It’s a new year and here at Murphy’s Law HQ, we are trying to fulfil our
resolutions by getting a bit more organised and putting all of our albums
up on Bandcamp for all of our local supporters (the albums are cheaper
on this site for Aussies).
Also, all of the downloads on Bandcamp are also cheaper for everyone
all over the planet :)
Here is the link if you are interested in having a look:
Also, we have some other fun plans on the way: one of our drummers,
Joe Talia, is currently remixing a few special tracks from our last album.
If you’re on our mailing list, you will be receiving a download code in the
next month or so to get one of the tracks for free, so pop your name
down if you’re not already on it! (We do mailouts very rarely,
so don’t be alarmed – we promise not to spam you!)
We hope all of your New Years are off to a flying start!
December 7, 2012
I’m very excited on honoured to be playing tonight with the one
and only Chistine Anu! She’s playing tunes from the Aretha Franklin
songbook, in a very intimate and unplugged setting at Bennett’s Lane.
It’s sold out tonight, but we’re on again tomorrow and I believe there’s
still some tickets left… Here’s a link:
Bookings: Bennett’s Lane Tix
December 5, 2012
On the weekend, there was a lovely review of Big Creatures & Little Creatures
by John McBeath in The Australian. Here it is!
November 20, 2012
So, our newest album is available on Bandcamp! Go to
http://murphyslawmelbourne.bandcamp.com to grab a copy…
November 13, 2012
We just saw today’s copy of The Age, with a great review of our CD launch! 4 stars…
November 11, 2012
Our CD launch is tonight!!! Hope to see lots of friendly folk down at Bennett’s Lane!!
And in other news, we are now live on Bandcamp!! You can purchase our new album ‘Big Creatures & Little Creatures’ (both the physical album and digitally). To have a look, go here
October 24, 2012
So…. Yesterday we picked up a very special delivery…. here are some sneaky pics of our CDs in progress… The transformable covers are still in production, but until then, check these out! They will be available at Bennett’s Lane on November 11 in their finished form!
October 16, 2012
Hey All! We’re very excited as our new CD is currently in production! We’ll have pics up here soon of the amazing artwork (by local artist, Jacqueline Murphy), plus we’re doing 100 special edition discs with transformable covers….
The CD LAUNCH is on November 11th @ Bennett’s Lane, with the lovely Nat Bartsch supporting us on solo piano. Stay Tuned!
June 3rd, 2012
Murphy’s Law were very excited to see this lovely review from Roger
Mitchell of the premiere of “Big Creatures and Little Creatures” at
Bennett’s Lane as part of the 2012 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
We played this piece for the first time after 6 months of rehearsal and we’re
planning to record the suite later this year.
“timbres well crafted in new suite”
Over the years, I’ve been very lucky to have photographs taken of some of my gigs by the amazing Laki Sideris. To have a look at his fine work, go here
Oct 8th, 2008
Here’s a review of Tanuki’s Revenge, found in the Weekend Australian, by John McBeath.
“truly dream-like sequences”
Sept 21, 2008
Another review! This one is for Street Art, from the Sunday Herald Sun.
“Murphy has inspired a wildly successful integration of classical, jazz and electronica”
read in full
June 26, 2005
Reviews for Telling Tales! This is from the Sunday Herald Sun, by Kenny Weir.
“Melbourne band spins fine tales with soul and style”
To read in full, go here
Our first CD review for Murphy’s Law!
“There’s been no shortage of strong CD releases by locals bands this year, but the one I’ve been most excited by is the debut album from Murphy’s Law”
-Adrian Jackson, Rhythms Magazine.
To read in full, go here