Antipodean Riffs is a collection of essays on Australasian jazz and jazz in Australasia. Chronologically they range from what could be called the ‘prehistory’ of the music – the tradition of US-sourced African-American music that predated the arrival of music billed as ‘jazz’ – to the present. Thematically they include studies of framing infrastructural mechanisms including the media. The volume also incorporates case studies of particular musicians or groups that reflect distinctive aspects of the Australian jazz tradition.
Published: Feb 8, 2016
I have enjoyed reviewing this book. It offers a diverse range of essays about Australasian jazz, from early influences long ago to the present, and presented by several different commentators, all of whom are clearly expert in their chosen topics. The level of scholarship is uniformly impressive; which perhaps is not so surprising because virtually all authors are or have been engaged in tertiary educational programs. Surely, there is something here that anyone interested in jazz of any kind in Australasia will find informative.
Professor Ted Nettelbeck, Eric Myers Jazz