Play Jazz 2

by The Rookies

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Melbourne’s favourite cult jazz band the Rookies return with their 3rd LP, Play Jazz 2, a sequel to their acclaimed debut, Play Jazz. This new collection of reimagined songs from the vast pantheon of jazz standard repertoire features arrangements of music by Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter and Ornette Coleman, as well as a post-rock-tinged vision of Juan Tizol’s classic standard (and fan favourite at the Rookies’ regular Wednesday night residency) ‘Caravan’.

Following from the philosophical eclecticism of their last release (2019’s ‘Stay Weird’), the Rookies’ latest offering sees them return to their roots, delving deep into the history of jazz to unearth and reimagine hidden treasures by some of their favourite composers. Play Jazz 2 uniquely celebrates the modernism and free-wheeling creativity of the bandleader/composers of the 1950s and 60s.


released June 21, 2021

Greg Sher - alto saxophone
Tom Sly - trumpet
Joel Trigg - piano
Oscar Neyland - double bass
Chris Cameron - drums and cymbals

"Jump Monk" features special guests Ashley Ballat (Trumpet), Cheryl Durongpisitkul (Tenor Sax) and Ellie Lamb (Trombone).

Chris Cameron plays Sleishman Drums
Oscar Neyland plays a Benedict G Puglisi Double Bass

Recorded and mixed by Ross Cockle at Allan Eaton Studios in Melbourne on 26-27 March 2021.

Mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Moose Mastering in Melbourne on 15 April 2021.

Album design, artwork and layout by Hanah Wexler.

The Rookies acknowledge that this album was recorded on the stolen land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and wish to pay our respects to their Elders: past and present. We recognize that their sovereignty was never ceded.


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The Rookies Melbourne, Australia

The Rookies were born in the spring of 2014 on the forgotten end of Brunswick Street in a room full of sweat, beer and dim lights at The Rooks Return. What started as a quiet set of background jazz for punters while they imbibed their cocktails quickly devolved into an uninhibited, drunken dance party reminiscent of a time almost forgotten...

The Rookies are Jazz, but not like you know it.
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