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Williamson, Paul Quartet (Williamson / Hoshino / Carbo / Henry): Dark Energy (FMR)

A tightly integrated group that balance strongly melodic material and fully free and spacious improv from the Melbourne, Australia quartet of Hiroki Hoshino on double bass, Miles Henry on drums, Theo Carbo on guitar, led by trumpeter Paul Williamson, presenting four lyrical modern jazz compositions from both Williamson & Hoshino, and 4 collective improvisations.

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UPC: 642415162678

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: 570-0120
Squidco Product Code: 29199

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded in September, October and November, 2019, by Daniel Tan.


Hiroki Hoshino-double bass

Miles Henry-drums

Theo Carbo-guitar

Paul Williamson-trumpet

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"Hiroki Hoshino is an active jazz double bassist in the Melbourne scene. His musical roots stem from classical training on the piano and violin since the age of 5, and began jazz and improvised music on double bass in 2010. Since then he has performed at venues such as Bennetts Lane jazz club, Uptown jazz café, Paris Cat jazz club, Conduit Arts and Wangaratta jazz festival with artists including Bopstretch, Allan Browne, Aaron Choulai, James Sherlock, David Rex and Gerald Clayton. Currently involved with the Mingus Thingus band, Niran Dasika's Manticore, Destination Moon, and leads quartets and quintets of his original music.

When not performing Hiroki teaches Double Bass."

-Jennifer Salisbury Website (

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"Theo Carbo (b. 1999, Melbourne, Australia) is a guitarist, composer, electronic musician, producer and sound engineer. Growing up as an astute student of jazz, Theo's proficiency as a guitarist has seen him working in groups of Australia's most important improvising musicians including Barney Mcall, Andrea Keller, Sam Anning, Nadje Noordhuis, Joseph O'Connor and Paul Williamson. A keen philosopher of music and a student of composition at the Victorian College of the Arts, Theo has recently been developing a broader practise which involves elements of experimental composition, electronic processes, solo and ensemble improvisation and studio engineering."

-Theo Carbo Website (

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Paul Williamson is a trumpeter, composer and educator. 'For Tomasz' is a homage to Polish trumpeter and composer, Tomasz Stanko (1942-2018) with whom MAE collaborated in 2016.

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track listing:

1. Dark Energy 11:04

2. Freedom Of Kings 11:41

3. Al-egance 12:06

4. Buried Alive 5:04

5. Space-Time 3:28

6. Untitled 2:11

7. Modified Gravity 5:43

8. Interstellar 3:18

9. Cosmic Acceleration 4:31

10. Supernova 3:54
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"Paul Williamson has established a reputation for producing distinctive recordings of outstanding ensemble performances. Williamson is the leading artist on ten commercially released CD releases.

Williamson has performed with international jazz artists at festivals and venues in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He was active in the European jazz scene whilst based in Dublin and performed with Bill Carothers, Dave Liebman, Reggie Washington, Paul Wertico, Ronan Guilfoyle, Lindsay Horner, Michael Buckley ad Métier before returning to Melbourne in 2009. His recent performances include collaborations with Eddie Palmieri, Tomasz StaÅ"ko, Charlie Haden, Kenny Werner, John Abercrombie, the Australian Art Orchestra, Hermeto Pascoal, Aaron Goldberg, Django Bates, Mike Nock, Tony Gould, Nasheet Waits, Mark Helias, and the Monash Art Ensemble. In 2014 Williamson was invited by Dave Douglas to perform at the Festival for New Trumpet Music (FONT) in New York City where he premiered a program of new compositions."-Meetup

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