Une Saison En Enfer (a season in hell)

by Allan Browne Quintet

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Composed and arranged by Eugene Ball and Geoff Hughes.

Arthur Rimbaud introduces this prose poem as “pages from the diary of a damned soul”. Completed in 1873 when he was nineteen and his relationship with Paul Verlaine was over. It is the only work he published himself and has had a huge influence on worldwide culture, especially amongst the surrealists and artists, writers and musicians through the 20th century. It reads to me like a bizarre homeric tale of purposeful disorientation of the senses in an attempt to become a seer and the psychological and moral failure of the process. This was his last work.

This cd is the sequel to our previous cd “the drunken boat“, available on jazzhead and completes the cycle for the quintet and composers Eugene Ball and Geoff Hughes.

My life has been infinitely richer since discovering this truly precocious genius.

Allan Browne


released June 5, 2010

The Allan Browne Quintet features

Eugene Ball - trumpet
Geoff Hughes - guitar
Nick Haywood - bass
Phillip Noy - alto and baritone saxaphone
Allan Browne - drums

Recorded by Stephen Grant at The Edge N.M.I.T. Fairfield on 27,28 & 29 January 2010
Mixed by Geoff Hughes
Mastered by Phillip Rex
Produced and conceived by Allan Browne.
Photos by Hayley Miro
Design by Antony Lord

Allan Browne plays pearl drums from Billy Hydes

Massive thanks to Sheena, Michelle, Andrew and Joe at Jazzhead for their ongoing encouragement and support, Hayley, Stephen, Geoff and Phillip for their superb contributions.

Thanks also to Megan, Michael and Jeremy at Bennett’s Lane, Sonny at Uptown, Adrian, Jackson, Martin Jackson and the co-op, and Mal Stanley for helping us keep the band alive.

Personal thanks to the Jazz Doctors, friends of Bill, Alfred Hospital and Rimbaud for sending us on our second road less travelled.



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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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