One day in November
1987 Ten Part Invention gathered in an ABC Studio in Sydney to record a
program for “Its All Music”, hosted by Julian Lee. It was not a session
where the music would be grafted together through re-recording and
overdubs; instead, the band went straight ahead, live to tape, and laid
down the first eight works in the band book – all first takes. It is a
measure of the brilliance of this group, not only that this was
possible, but that it was done so well.
This album is a
milestone in the history of Australian jazz. The eight compositions
are the works that Ten Part Invention performed when it made its debut
at the Adelaide Arts Festival in 1986 – a concert series, indeed a band
that resulted from a recommendation made by Sydney SIMA President Peter
Rechniewski to the Festival’s Artistic Director, Anthony Steel in mid
1985. As a result the legendary John Pochée was able to translate into
reality a musical concept he had harboured for years.
musician of Pochée’s personality and standing could have gathered and
held together such a group, whose personnel reads like a who’s who of
Australia’s most creative modern jazz musicians. The band has had a
remarkably stable personnel, which has enabled it to evolve into the
finest large ensemble we now have in Australian jazz.
Eric Myers – Extract from Cover Notes