Anton Delecca Quartet
2.30pm, Saturday October 29 – WPAC Hall
The Anton Delecca Quartet plays powerful, emotionally driven music with influences spanning contemporary NYC jazz to the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Middle Eastern influences. Their sound is underscored by the band members’ passion for songwriting and song form with some compositions playing straight through without improvisation.
They have released three albums on Australia’s Jazzhead label, with their most recent release ‘The Healer’ selected as one of 106.7 PBS FM’s Top 10 Albums of 2013, as well as winning ‘Best Jazz Album’ in the Music Victoria Genre Awards for 2014.
Anton Delecca grew up listening to a diverse range of music. Early influences include Ravi Shankar and Louis Armstrong from his father’s record collection, Led Zeppelin and 70s pop from his brother’s collection, and the classical cello and piano practice of his sister, all of which have contributed to the sonic texture of his music today.
“Delecca, Howard, Zion and Farrugia have made one of the finest tenor quartet albums I have heard this year – animal strong and caress soft, fiery yellow and cool blue. It is a jazz format that is one of the most satisfying of all within the canon, and they do it so well. So well, in fact, that they deserve your ears. They already have mine.”
John Hardaker, Nov 7th, 2013, australianjazz.net
“Newcomers pianist Marc Hannaford, bassist Jonathan Zion and Daniel Farrugia on drums bring an album’s worth of talent. The style is modern mainstream with a strong groove driven by Farrugia’s powerfully informed kit. Catalyst adds guest Elvis Aljus on congas for a satisfying striding-out piece, with Delecca displaying an ability to sustain the horn well, high up in the harmonics.”
John McBeath, Weekend Australian Review, March 6-7 2010
“There’s a cool elegance, complexity and delicacy of touch to tenor saxophonist Delecca’s second quartet album, but one track stands out. On Regulated, Delecca and Marc Hannaford on piano build excitement through barely suppressed tension, ably backed by Daniel Farrugia on drums and Jonathan Zion on acoustic bass. It’s gripping, draining and satisfying…………..This contained outing offers melodic beauty (A Dog’s Tale, Lost City) and sustained intensity (Catalyst, Living With Weirdness).”
Roger Mitchell, Sunday Herald Sun, March 7th 2010
Anton Delecca – tenor saxophone
Luke Howard – piano
Daniel Farrugia – drums
Jonathan Zion – acoustic bass