When Dave Lisik, the Canadian composer we can now claim as a Kiwi, isn't experimenting with loops or electronica the results are a lot more rewarding.
Walkabout, takes its name from a novel by James Marshall, about two kids from Carolina, who are left stranded in the Australian outback when their father shoots himself and sets the car on fire.
It's the kind of vivid imaginary that Lisik works best with and, with the Jazzgroove Orchestra in tow, this cinematic suite of compositions is dramatic, at times dark in tone and features some exquisite brass work and soloing from trumpeter Alex Spighan and saxophonist Bob Sheppard.
One of the standout tracks, Walking Alone, has a riveting piano intro, a subtle rhythmic pulse and brass and wind counterplays that saunter along, slip into silence and then burst back into dissonant life.
You can get lost in Walkabout, which is always a good sign if you want to discover rather than have it spelled out for you.
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