S E V
Continuing a distinguished performance career in Australian music, Saving Daylight is Stuart Vandegraaff’s first jazz release as bandleader. Recorded at iconic studio Free Energy Device, mixed by Richard Belkner and mastered by Michel Lynch, Saving Daylight is a selection of Vandegraaff’s previously unreleased original works composed over the past 25 years.
Saving Daylight is a lush contemporary jazz release suffused with beautifully crafted melodies and superb improvisations. The original compositions draw from significant life events and influential observations with each piece representing a deeply felt sentiment: isolation, joy, loss, nostalgia, a sense of place, legacy, and gratitude. The album features an immaculate band of notable Australian artists: bassist Elsen Price, Dave Goodman on drums and cymbals and pianist Dan Holland, with guest appearances from Nick Southcott (piano) and Ray Cassar (trumpet and flugelhorn). A heartfelt dedication to the plight of the carer, Anna’s Song also features vocalist Miriam Waks, guitarist Dave Kempton and an all-star string section led by the late violist Carl St. Jacques.
Recorded on October 13-14 in 2018, the Saving Daylight session captured a moment in time when music and gathering happened unrestricted and the present was prosperous. SEV is a celebration of the talents of an extended community dedicated to original, live music, its performance, capture, promotion, listenership, and the venues and organisations that host and support it.
Saving Daylight was launched digitally on Sunday 4 October 2020 and in concert on Saturday 17 October 2020 at the Old 505 Theatre. The performance featured:
Stuart Vandegraaff - compositions, alto sax, soprano sax, tenor sax
Elsen Price - double bass
Dave Goodman - drums and cymbals
Nick Southcott - piano
Dan Holland - piano
plus guest vocalist
Virna Sanzone and
Ray Cassar - trumpet/flugelhorn