Groovin’ funk jazz [performance & album review]

I frequent the Brisbane Jazz Club because I prefer a comfortable venue for live music that also respects the performers & patrons with a “no talking policy”. I recently had the pleasure of seeing Antonix shake down BJC with their energetic version of jazz funk. The performance was dynamic and infectiously riveting. These guys know their craft and the joy of playing music together permeates their performance. So if you get the chance you must check them out live.

The Album
This is Antonix exciting debut album, released January 2020. This all instrumental album is totally enjoyable IMHO because of the rambunctious sax, fat trombone, smooth bass runs, funky horns, neo-soul keys, infectious beats and unique guitar stylings.

Not a dull moment on this disc!

Recorded and engineered by Sam Hogg who bases his recording philosophy on such greats as David Chesky (Chesky Records), Bob Katz and Steve Albini. It is easy to see these guys really care about quality sound because they had the album mastered at Abbey Road. Seven of the eleven tracks are original compositions with Garbutt and Funky Platypus being among the standouts for me.

Antonix at Brisbane Jazz Club 19/01/2019. L-R Dylan Reavey, Eden Armstrong, David Watts, Antony Visser, Jeremy Ellis, David Cox
Antonix at Brisbane Jazz Club 19/01/2019. L-R Dylan Reavey, Eden Armstrong, David Watts, Antony Visser, Jeremy Ellis, David Cox

About the band members:
Antony Visser is the band leader, a multi-instrumentalist, freelance muso, piano and e2020-01-19-143brass educator, composer/arranger.
David Cox is one of Australia’s leading saxophonist’s, a freelance muso, educator, session musician and a member of the Australian Army band.
Jeremy Ellis a Brisbane based bass player that plays the sexiest bass guitar I have seen.
Eden Armstrong is a high profile Brisbane based jazz pianist and bass player, educator and composer.
e2020-01-19-111David Watts is a fabulously entertaining and exciting drummer, freelance muso and educator.
e2020-01-19-63Dylan Reavey displays a unique guitar style which won him the title of World’s Best Guitarist of 2019 in London.

All of the band members are graduates of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University and have all individually been working as professional musicians for a number of years.

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