This Friday 16 December, venue owner and musician Cameron Undy will be celebrating both the release of Bone on Earshift Music, his first album in nine years with his band 20th Century Dog, as well as the 12th birthday party of his renowned club ‘Venue 505’ – free entry!
Bassist, composer and producer Cameron Undy has been lying somewhat dormant for the past 10 years, putting his energy into building the world-renowned ‘Venue 505’ in Surry Hills, Sydney, working as a sideman with a diverse range of artists including jazz legend Pharaoh Sanders, Bugz in the Attic and number-one selling singer-songwriter Passenger.
Meanwhile, Undy has been steadily developing material for this new album, a collection of uplifting jazz, funk, afro beat and broken beat material, delivered by his stellar band, 20th Century Dog. Early reviews of the album point to something to bark about: “The Bone that 20th Century Dog has sunk its fangs into this time is in fact a very 21st-century take on groove… irresistible while also being brilliantly unpredictable. Mighty!” (John Shand, Music & Other Spheres).
With this new release the grooves are layered by Undy’s bass, Ben Hauptmann’s guitar, Greg Coffin’s keys, Simon Barker and Jamie Cameron’s drums, and Ben Kidson’s percussion, allowing the African hocket-style rhythms to deliver odd-meters that appeal equally to the body and the mind. Jeremy Rose’s tenor saxophone and bass clarinet melodies capture a folk-like, sing-able essence, and at times, opening into areas of jazz improvisation. Recorded live at Venue 505 in September, Bone captures the band’s energy in front of a live audience.
Available on Earshift Music / MGM
December 16th – www.earshift.com
Jeremy Rose – tenor sax & bass clarinet
Greg Coffin – piano & keys
Ben Hauptmann – guitar
Simon Barker – drums & log
Ben Kidson – percussion
Cameron Undy – bass
Jamie Cameron – drums
280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
doors 6pm, music from 8.30pm