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by Cam MacDonald
posted 17/05/2022

The Java Quartet Brand New Album


The Java Quartet celebrate over 25years with the release of their eighth album ‘Before Now After’ which will be launched on Thursday, 2nd June at Foundry 616.

The new album, Before Now After, continues the acoustic (and organic) nature of the group blending exotic grooves and melodies into the jazz harmonic world that is The Java Quartet. At once driving, trance-like and reflective, The Java Quartet establishes their own corner of sonic territory.

Recorded live at Free Energy Device Studio by long-time collaborator producer Keith Walker, Before Now After captures a two-day session of intuitive playing where the band explored melodic frameworks composed by Michael Galeazzi.

The three long form compositions represent an exposition on time, and the work springs from the Quartet’s 20years of shared curiosity and their individual unique voices. Michael Galeazzi (bass), Matthew Ottignon (sax), Mike Quigley (drums), Greg Coffin (piano) have created a beautiful acoustic suite, spiced with groove, energy, and a sound that has been forged through a shared musical vision.

Before Now After is all that is typically Java: melodic, spacious, diverse, elegant and honest.

Greg Coffin (piano), Mike Quigley (drums), Michael Galeazzi (bass),  and Matthew Ottignon (sax).

“The Java Quartet are popular without being desperately populist. They are inventive and distinctive without the need to be creative getting in the road of delivering enjoyment. They are catchy. Fans of various idioms feel it … influences from pop music as well as jazz and various ethnic musics are blended deceptively into the Java sound” JohnClare

“The Java Quartet inhabits its own space, unlike that of any other aggregation, in Australia or anywhere else – supremely melodic, full of taut, yet limpid, grooves and packed with soul” Kenny Weir, Sunday Herald Sun

Who: The Java Quartet

What: ‘Before Now After’ Album launch

Where: Foundry 616, 616 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007

When: 8:30pm Thursday, 2nd June 2022

To find out more and to book online CLICK HERE

~Other dates~

Tuesday, 21st June – The Underground Grand Hotel Newcastle

Friday, 1st July – The Music Lounge, Wollongong