Jex Saarelaht and his trio were the defining sound of Bennetts Lane in the 90's with their epic and corageous residency which started at midnight and went through to 3am every Friday night. During the three hour window Jex enabled a view of the who, what, when and why of Melbourne and it's promise of incredible jazz to the world. In short - Jex and his trio laid the foundations of Bennetts Lane, along with many others, that helped bring love and attention to live jazz performance for Australia.
The trio released a number of albums, the earliest of which was recorded live over six weeks, titled "Friday's Late at Bennetts Lane" and is a double album - still available here. It is highly respected and undeniably a essential addition to any meaningful collection of Australian jazz. His later recordings follow suit with care, craft and exceptional musicianship.
Liminal is the new release from the Jex Saarelaht Trio, a set of six original pieces recorded live at the Esto-Cubist Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane, in October 2013.
‘…very bluesy, in its way, while suggesting outer space…I find this essentially late night music very beautiful, both ethereal and earthy, with a powerful sense of place.’ John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald
‘They ride, white knuckled, into testing, dramatic terrain, and do so with a pungency you can taste…this is one of the finest working bands in the land. Their art is dense, black and majestic. But so is it thrillingly lyrical.’ Craig N. Pierce, The Drum Media
With Phil Rex on bass & Niko Schauble on drums, tonight we live in the prism of all Friday nights late, fold time on space to bring back the 90's, and punch a hole to point directly with dignity at what the future might hold...