8.30pm Saturday 31 October
The New Cabal is a quartet of Adelaide’s premier modern jazz performers. Led by double bassist Lyndon Gray, alongside fabled tenor titan Chris Soole, the sublime Chris Martin on piano, and electrifying drummer Josh Baldwin, they held down an iconic ten-year weekly residency. Find out why!
*Co-presented with Creative Original Music Adelaide (COMA) and the Wheatsheaf Hotel
The New Cabal
Chris Soole – Saxophone Chris Martin – Piano Lyndon Gray – Double Bass Josh Baldwin – Drums
The New Cabal occupy a special place in the canon of Adelaide jazz groups as the stalwart group which held down a weekly residency for ten years at inner city venue La Boheme. The group performed original material and featured countless interstate and international guests. This gig was a beloved institution and popular haunt for jazz lovers until the venue was forced to close in the middle of 2019.
The New Cabal has toured around Australia and accompanied many visiting musicians such as Vardan Ovsepian (US), Joel Frahm (US) and John Riley (US). Their weekly gig has also hosted many guests from the national scene including James Muller, James Macaulay, David Theak, Stephen Magnusson, Ted Vining, Matthew Sheens and Hugh Stuckey.
The group is led by Lyndon Gray, an Adelaide born bassist who has performed with many elite Australian jazz musicians including Stephen Magnusson, Zac Hurren, Julien Wilson, David Ades, Ted Vining, Tony Gould, Paul Grabowsky and Paul McNamara. Lyndon has also received two ARIA awards as a member of the folk/alternative country group The Audreys, and recently completed a PhD. exploring South Indian rhythmic devices and their integration into jazz. Also notching up the full ten years are two legendary SA musicians, saxophonist Chris Soole (who the Sydney Morning Herald described as “a saxophonist utterly devoid of affectation, who generates a broad, warm sound, and plays with consummate conviction and economy”) and pianist Dr Chris Martin. A more recent addition to the group is drummer Josh Baldwin who was a finalist in the Wangaratta National Jazz Award in 2018.
The New Cabal recorded their first album in 2013 and recorded again in 2019 to mark a decade of performances.
“Top-flight jazz performers” (from a four star review of the debut album) John McBeath, The Australian, June 2013
“The New Cabal are an Adelaide institution. The four piece are a tight operation but they can also play loose, offering up some fantastic solos… (Their repertoire is) a mix of originals and reinterpretations of past masters, highlighting the outfit’s versatility in their ability to play both with a big sound and with quiet, tender feeling. The most impressive thing about The New Cabal though, is the way the four players work together, with the kind of connection that shows they are a band in the truest sense.” ~ The Upside News, June 2016
“There were four musicians on stage in front of heavy, velvet drapes. They spoke with their hands and eyes, they blanketed the room in the warm conversation of lyric-free music. The quartet would sway where they sat or stood, and like grass on the ocean floor they moved in unison, the combined wealth of their creation washing over them, over us.” ~ Citymag, May 2017
“A band to look out for.” ~ Steve Evans, InDaily Feb 2019