The Drunken Boat (​.​.​.​le bateau ivre)

by Allan Browne Quintet

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The Drunken Boat is the Rimbaud inspired latest release from the Allan Browne Quintet.

Composers Eugene Ball and Geoff Hughes have used the 19th century French poet, Arthur Rimbaud’s sacred text (with an additional final verse contributed by Stella Browne) as inspiration for the Quintet’s second release.

The album, The Drunken Boat follows the verse structure of Rimbaud’s great work – his hymn to the quest of unknown realities. However the Quintet’s recording is presented in five suites each of five of Rimbaud’s verses. The intention being that the music should be listened to continuously, at least through each of the suites. The somewhat longer than usual track titles allude to the adventures encountered by this rampant vessel, released by its handlers and stimulated by consuming its own cargo of absinthe.

The quintet, formed in 2002, includes Geoff Hughes (guitar), Eugene Ball (trumpet), David Rex (alto sax), Nick Haywood (bass) and Allan Browne (drums) with guest vocals from Stella Browne.

Je ne puis plus, bainé de vos langueurs, oô lames,
Enlever leur sillage aux porteurs de cotons,
Ni traverser L'orgueil des drapeaux et des flammes,
Ni nager sous les yeux horribles de pontons.

credits

released May 27, 2007

Geoff Hughes - Guitars
Eugene Ball - Trumpet
David Rex - Alto Saxophone
Nick Haywood - Acoustic Bass
Allan Browne - Drums
Stella Browne - Guest Vocal On Verse 25


Allan Browne plays Pearl Drums from Billy Hydes.

Recorded by Andy Baldwin at Sing Sing Studios, South Yarra.
Premixed and assembled by Geoff Hughes.
Mixed by Stephen Grant at N.M.I.T.
Mastered by Ross Cockle at Sing Sing Studios, Richmond.

Produced and conceived originally by Allan Browne. Music written and arranged by Geoff Hughes and Eugene Ball in collaboration, Stella Browne contributed "je ne puis plus".

Photo by Hayley Miro

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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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