Julien Wilson – Tenor Sax
Craig Fermanis – Electric Guitar
Chris Hale – Electric Bass
Hugh Harvey – Drums
This version of Julien’s ‘electric quartet’ was formed in 2011 as a vehicle to showcase his original compositions. Since then they have been performing regularly in Melbourne, developing new material and refining the groups powerful, unified, interactive style.
The quartet focusses almost exclusively on Wilson’s originals, including songs from his out-of-print debut “while you were sleeping” (2006) plus a swag of new material. While the lyrical inclinations so evident in his long-running trio (with Magnusson and Grant) are still present, this group provides an outlet for the more explosive, primal side of his musical personality.
The inspiration for a return to the quartet format comes from the flexibility and drive of Hugh Harvey’s astoundingly musical drumming, while Fermanis’ blues-drenched, rock-singed, take-no-prisoners guitar work fits Wilson’s music like a well worn glove. (They have been playing together since the late 80’s). Add to this the virtuosic beauty and creativity of Chris Hale’s 6 string electric bass playing and we have a relatively new band that sounds well seasoned.
“You play like you’re from the jungle” George Russell
“a direct lineage of influence runs from the late Merv Acheson to the explosive Mark Simmonds and on to Julien Wilson. Central to that lineage is a concept of how the horn should sound: massive, sprawling, wearing its heart on its sleeve, and gripping the listener from the first note. Wilson produced a sound that was haunting and burly – a rare combination that ensured the simplest melody was arresting.” Sydney Morning Herald
“I can hear influences as diverse as Archie Shepp, Jan Garbarek, Ben Webster, Gato Barbieri, Dave Liebman… But particularly, of Mark Simmonds, who is one of the heroes of jazz saxophone in this country” Dale Barlow