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Angela Davis

Little Did They Know

ABC Jazz is excited to announce the release of Little Did They Know, an album of beautiful, melodic songs performed by Angela Davis, Tony Gould and Sam Anning.

Recorded by producer Mal Stanley at the ABC’s Melbourne studios, it captures three musicians utterly in sync with each other. This trio have performed together quite a bit over the years, and have developed a simple, honest and melodic style, seeking to make things as beautiful as possible. 

“The recording is inspired by the simplicity and beauty of Bill Frisell’s compositions and improvisations as well as Lee Konitz’s trio record “Alone Together” with Brad Mehldau and Charlie Haden,” says Davis. “All three of us have a deep appreciation of simple, beautiful melodies and I think that comes through on the recording.”

Featuring four original compositions by Davis herself, alongside arrangements of works by Haden, Frisell, Sammy Fain and one George Frederic Handel, Little Did They Know brings together three of Australia’s finest jazz musicians for a very special recording.

Described by the Age as having ‘an instinctively melodic approach’, Angela Davis is a unique and sought-after musician currently based in Melbourne. She holds a Masters of Music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has performed with numerous jazz luminaries including Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Patti Austin, James Morrison, Dan Tepfer, Linda Oh & Sandy Evans.

Pianist Tony Gould is one of Australia’s most respected musicians, with a career spanning more than 50 years of jazz, classical, and more. He has been involved in an extraordinary number of recording projects both as pianist and composer and has been at the forefront of music education in Australia via various tertiary institutions in Melbourne and throughout Australia, and has been a supporting artist to Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughan, Jean Luc Ponty, Ray Brown, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and many other distinguished groups.

Originally from Fremantle WA, Sam Anning has become an internationally sought-after bassist. He moved to Melbourne and became intensely involved in the jazz scene there, before a scholarship to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music saw him fully immersed in the New York jazz community.

Track Listing:

  • 1. Little Did They Know
  • 2. Our Spanish Love Song
  • 3. Pretty Flowers Were Made for Blooming
  • 4. Circuit for Three
  • 5. The Light Between Us
  • 6. Love is a Many Splendored Thing
  • 7. Hymn for Haden
  • 8. Lascia ch’io pianga
Release
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