ALEX & NILUSHA Moments In Time
WTM-001 (2012)




Moments In Time is a relentlessly innovative and fascinating journey.
It is the kind of album that keeps drawing the listener back.
There are new insights with every visit,
like a good friend that will be around for years.

Leon Gettler



ABC JAZZ
Album Of The Week




ABC JAZZ NOTES
Top 5 Australian Jazz Albums of 2012





Percussionist Alex Pertout and vocalist Nilusha Dassenaike present 'Moments In Time', an absorbing journey into contemporary jazz, contemporary world and standout originals. The album unveils their Alex & Nilusha project bringing together a stellar cast of Australia’s most distinctive creative performers to participate in their vision, including jazz pianists Joe Chindamo and Tony Gould, trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky, drummer David Jones, guitarist Leonard Grigoryan, sarodist Saby Bhattacharya, bassist Craig Newman and legendary Latin-jazz flautist Dave Valentin.


Nilusha Dassenaike: lead, background vocals
Alex Pertout: world percussion, mallets
Dave Valentin: flutes
Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet, flugelhorn
Tony Gould: piano
Joe Chindamo: piano, accordion
Andrew Jones: piano
Leonard Grigoryan: guitar
Saby Bhattacharya: sarod
Craig Newman: bass
David Jones: drums


This is a formidable undertaking... ★★★★ ½
John McBeath THE AUSTRALIAN

A suite of songs that entrances the senses... ★★★★
Warwick McFadyen THE AGE|SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

A truly exquisite album... ★★★★★
Trent Bryson-Dean DRUMSCENE MAGAZINE

The album draws you in and entrances you…it’s a lovely experience,
like a dark star, once you get close enough, you’re lost...

Peter Kenneally JAZZ PLANET|EXTEMPORE

One discovers new nuances with every listen...
KJ POPULAR PERCUSSIONIST (Canada)

Magic Moments, so many glorious subtleties...a world-class jazz/pop sound...
Jeff Jenkings INPRESS

A wonderful album from two gifted artists…the music is magnificent...

Billy Pinnell AFTERNOON EXPERTS|3AW

Marvellous musicians generating very creative proposals...

Claudianna Blanco TEMAS|SBS SPANISH RADIO

The latest album sees him team up with the beautiful vocals of Nilusha Dassenaike
with stunning results. A very beautiful collaboration..
.
Robbie Buck THE INSIDE SLEEVE|ABC RADIO NATIONAL

Absolutely love it...

Saul Zavarce FIESTA JAZZ|PBS-FM

Both bring to the blend of jazz South American and Asian exotic sounds…terrific originals...
Ivan Lloyd JAZZ NOTES|ABC JAZZ

A marvellous recording...

Jim McLeod JAZZ ON SATURDAY|PBS-FM





Liner Notes
Creative journeyman Alex Pertout has seen many worlds, all different. He has a distinctive style, he is a stickler for innovation and transformation. With his reputation and brand, he has never had difficulty attracting talent to work with him. Together with innovative artisan Nilusha Dassenaike they have actualised 'Moments In Time', an absorbing journey into Latin jazz, world music and originals which are flavoured by these influences.

The album is the avenue that unveils their Alex & Nilusha project. And it is very much jazz. As Dexter Gordon famously said, jazz is the great octopus, it will do anything and assimilate anything it can use. They understand this completely. Listen to this album, and you feel it is very much the motif.

Alex & Nilusha have drawn together a stellar cast of Australia’s most distinctive performers to participate in their vision. It includes pianists Joe Chindamo and Tony Gould, trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky, drummer David Jones, guitarist Leonard Grigoryan, sarodist Saby Bhattacharya, bassist Craig Newman, as well as the legendary Latin jazz flautist Dave Valentin. The album also features Alex, the distinctive, creative percussionist and Nilusha, her voice gentle and beguiling. She has a knack for phrasing, stretching words out for meaning and creating a sensuous current while heightening the rhythm.

What we have here is a series of magic moments, some transformations and some very clear statements that take us to another place. The Jobim classic Waters of March is completely transformed, with Bhattacharya on the Indian classical stringed instrument, the sarod, and Alex on the ibo, kanjira, marimba, tubular bells, gongs, windchimes, frame drum, bombo and karimbas, turning what has always been driving and powerful piece into a hymn-like elegy, shaped by harmonies from Gould’s piano. Nilusha imparts a sensual airflow into the words that leaves the listener entranced, intensified by the backing vocals she also performs.

A similar transformation occurs with Mongo Santamaria’s Afro Blue, elevated by Bukovsky and Chindamo. Bukovsky’s solo against the driving beat of the drums, congas, cowbell and Chindamo’s piano, the multiple backing of Nilusha’s vocals creating a choir that plays along with the percussion and trumpet.

The originals here, like the title track and the Afro-Cuban inspired Baba Soroso, are standouts, the latter coming alive with Valentin’s flute and Grigoryan’s guitar. Between You and I is a rhythmic driving piece, with the sarod, Chindamo’s piano and accordion and the vocal backing parts by Nilusha, with its repeating lines building intensity. Walk With Me takes the album into an intimate corner, a plea for love, with the congas, woodblocks and bombo working in with the backing choir performance, against Nilusha’s lead voice.

'Moments In Time' is a relentlessly innovative and fascinating journey. It is the kind of album that keeps drawing the listener back. There are new insights with every visit, like a good friend that will be around for years.
— Leon Gettler November 2011



Recorded and edited by Alex Pertout
Arrangements by Alex Pertout and Nilusha Dassenaike
Bass recorded by Craig Newman
Mixed by Doug Brady at Armstrong Studio 2, Melbourne
Mastered by Leon Zervos at Studios 301, Sydney

Cover Art by Nilusha Dassenaike
Photography by Gabrielle Leonard
Liner notes by Leon Gettler
Design and typography by Luke Fraser/Ahr+


Produced by Alex Pertout


'Moments In Time' Digital Booklet






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