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Homage is the exciting new release by the extremely talented Sam Anning, Allan Browne and Marc Hannaford.

The Trio perform versions of works by Jazz luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk alongside original contemporary pieces

Initially drawn together by their respect for early Jazz composers, the Trio developed this collaboration over two years at Bennett’s Lane and further at the 2008 Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

Sam Anning, Bell Award Winner and MCA Freedman Fellowship Finalist on bass
Allan Browne, The Don Banks Music Award and Bell Award Winner on drums
Marc Hannaford, Wangaratta piano competition Finalist, the MCA Freedman Fellowship Award Finalist and Bell nominee on piano

three planets
orbits akimbo, ellipses
and circles, a bump
here and there,

all gravitational

in harmony, melody
instinctual, emotional

all locked in a solar groove,
the infinite pulse

of the sun …….…………

- Allan Browne

“improvising on material that references the early decades of jazz always carries the risk of sounding like a parody and resulting in static, non-interactive music. The fact that this trio is able to tackle these pieces and create music “in the moment” rather than relying on clichés and historical references is a testament to the energy and attitude each member brings to this task. I’d like to thank Al and Sam for their musicality and energy all through our development of these pieces. it’s been great fun! “
- Marc

“thanks to marc and allan for being a constant source of inspiration, cheers”
- Sam


released April 5, 2009

Sam Anning - bass
Allan Browne - drums
Marc Hannaford - piano

This recording was originally commissioned for ‘Jazztrack with Mal Stanley’ on ABC Classic FM. It was recorded and mastered by Mal Stanley at ABC Studio 345, Southbank, Melbourne on August 28, 2008.

Recorded direct to track.

Graphic design by Pete Barrett

Massive thanks to Sheena, Michelle, Andrew and Jo at Jazzhead, Megan, Jeremy and Michael at Bennett’s Lane, Adrian and Martin Jackson, Mal Stanley and Hayley Miro for their wonderful contribution and support.

Al would like to thank the Jazz Doctors, friends of Bill, The Alfred Hospital, Stella, Hayley, Margie Lou, Miles, Ollie and Billy.

Al plays pearl drums from Billy Hydes.

Sam would like to thank Isobel, Kim and Helen, Toby and Hemi...

Marc would like to thank, Scott Tinkler, Eugene Ball, Tamara Murphy, Andrea Keller, Shannon Barnett and all of the other people he’s forgotten to mention here.

"i guess we are all pilgrims
voyagers in devotion
this is our homage
a frozen moment
captured at odd velocities

I have trudged for years
the journey the reward
especially in this inspiring company
however fleeting"
- Al


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Allan Browne Melbourne, Australia

Initially self taught, Allan spent the 1960's establishing the Red Onion Jazz Band internationally, along with close friends Brett Iggulden and Bill Howard. Collaborating and creating works with the Australia Arts Council, his has developed numerous works with his Quintet & Trio. A leader in the Australian Jazz community and patron for the Stonnington Jazz Festival. ... more

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