Led by Perth-based composer and arranger Johannes Luebbers, this dectet successfully straddles the jazz-classical divide. The album touches other forms such as rock and pop: Aaron Malone provides a soulful vocal cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, accompanied by nimble guitarist Simon Jeans.
The title track is layer upon layer of richly bladed sectional coatings underneath exciting solos by altoist Ben Collins and pianist Chris Foster, bookended by a jaunty dialogue between piano, drums and bass.
Just Ripe is a lavish theme given a post-modern bent featuring trumpeter Callum G’Froerer. Everything for Brod increases in lyrical intensity with an oboe intro from Steph Nicholls but soon swells in orchestral energy before retreating to woodwind and piano sobriety – only to explode once again, exemplifying the textural and dramatic qualities of Luebbers’ pen.