In 2001 Melbourne trumpeter and composer Paul Williamson broke onto the Australian jazz scene with his debut CD ‘Non-Consensual Head Compression’. The CD, which was recorded with the Paul Williamson Quintet, was acclaimed by media and jazz critics alike. The Paul Williamson Quintet followed this release with ‘Talk It Up’ which also received outstanding reviews both nationally and internationally, and wide radio airplay. July 2003 marks the third release from Paul Williamson.
The new CD ‘Mutations’ is the result of a fresh musical direction by Williamson, thus the formation of the Paul Williamson Quartet. ‘Mutations’ features 12 outstanding Williamson originals, producing a mix of European and Nordic influences with contemporary jazz, and further cementing Williamson as an exciting and individual trumpet voice on the Australian Jazz scene. His quartet features equally outstanding and creative players: Aria winning pianist Andrea Keller, bassist, Gary Costello, and drummer Danny Fischer.
For this latest release, Williamson was awarded an Australia Council Presentation and Promotion Grant.
Williamson has been steadily building his reputation on the Australian jazz and improvisation scene as a truly individual trumpet voice and composer since graduating from the VCA in 1995 (the year he won an Ivan Oliver Scholarship). He has spent time studying music in New York and playing professionally with many of Australia’s most outstanding musicians. He has also been active playing, composing, and recording in various collaborations and projects. He has played at all the major Australian jazz festivals, including the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival (2002) and St. Kilda Festival (2003) with his Quintet, and the Melbourne Jazz Festival (2003) with Trumpet A-Go-Go. Williamson has also toured Noumea with Cabrones. Current original projects – playing and composing with: Cabrones (led by Sam Keevers), Jamie Oehlers Quintet, Trumpet A-Go-Go (with Scott Tinkler), Rumberos, Slur (co-led with Tim Wilson), 101 Big Band, Paul Williamson Quintet, Paul Williamson Quartet. Artists worked with include: Ben Folds Five, Bennetts Lane Big Band, The Badloves, Chris Wilson, Chris Hale Ensemble, Mem Shannon and the Membership, James Morrison, Andrea Keller Quintet, Blowfish, Shrewd Brass (Musicaviva), Kate Cebrano, Michelle Nicole, Nichaud and Mark Fitzgibbon, Sam Keevers Quartet, Tim Davies Big Band, Adrian Sheriff’s Onysemble and The Brown Hornet. What the critics say: “…Paul Williamson has made a fine decision to team up with pianist Andrea Keller. Intelligently conceived and fresh, ‘Mutations’ is Williamson’s third CD and his first with a pianist…he’s a trumpeter with surprising twists and well-concieved lines of thought. Balancing excitement and tension, conflict and resolution, the strong compositions also help create the relaxed, graceful feel that highlights the strengths of the individuals and the quartet.” ****/5 Ashleigh Wilson, The Australian, August 2003. “World class stuff.highly individual trumpet style.” Jim Mcleod (ABC 24 Hours Magazine, February 2002).
“As if Williamson’s playing isn’t exciting enough on the heads, his solos pick up where the melodies leave off.” Thomas Erdmann International Trumpet Guild Journal, October 2002.
“Williamson’s originals are like comtempory tone poems – fascinating interaction.” Leon Gettler (The Age, Green Guide, February 2002).
“Bloody Brilliant, very Melbourne and very magnificent.” Kenny Weir (CD of the Week, Sunday Herald Sun, December 9, 2001)
“Downtown, energetic and cool…even with a hint of danger.” Shane Nichols (All About Jazz U.S.A, February 2002)
“Interesting, contemporary…solid solos…lush ensemble passages.” Don Brow (Jazz Scene, July 2002).
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