Tam O'Shanter Tales

James Greening – trombone, sousaphone and pocket trumpet
Andrew Robson – alto and baritone saxophone
Paul Cutlan – tenor saxophone and clarinet
Fabian Hevia – percussion
Gary Daley – accordion and piano
Hamish Stuart – funky drums
Brett Hirst – acoustic and electric bass

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James Greening has composed an evocative suite of music inspired by the pristine beauty of Tasmania. The coastal community on Bass Strait, Tam O’Shanter, provided the ideal environment to compose a diverse suite aspiring to capture the hopes, fears and uncertainties uniquely expressed and yet shared by all. Tam O’Shanter Tales is a journey into the haunting beauty of human struggle. At a point of deadlock James found inspiration in reading The Kite Runner. He later learned of the settlement of Hazaran refugees in Tasmania, triggering him to set the kinetic rhythmic groove of Hazara as the centerpiece of the album. Closing the suite, Early Morning is about hope. That is, from the darkest night, a new dawn emerges. It is dedicated to the mentors and elders of the Australian music scene John Pochee, Mike Nock, Judy Bailey, Sandy Evans, Miroslav Bukovsky, Allan Brown to name a substantial few and the late Jackie Orszaczky, Bernie McGann, Dave Addes and Kim Sanders who have left behind them a spirited legacy of live music performance.

James Greening is one of the most in demand brass players in Australia. His quartet, The World According to James perform at Jazz Festivals and gigs around the country and overseas. They are part of the Musica Viva in Schools program, as well as the Musica Viva country touring program. They have three critically acclaimed CDs under their belt – No Job Too Small, Wayback and Lingua Franca. 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of The World According to James and the launch of a new seven piece ensemble, Greening from Ear to Ear.

Jame’s latest album is recorded, mixed and mastered by Ross A’Hern in 24/96 stereo sound. And is distributed online by Mir Creation.