What they say…
“A stunning work, full of integrity and class…Essential!”
Menagerie is the Jazz ensemble founded by Melbourne-based producer, songwriter, guitarist, radio broadcaster, DJ and recording artist Lance Ferguson, also the driving force behind The Bamboos, Lanu & Rare Groove Spectrum, as well as having been a member of Cookin’ On 3 Burners.
Menagerie‘s debut album “They Shall Inherit” saw the light of day in 2012 via label Tru Thoughts and established the fact that Jazz of the contemporary type could reach back to it’s essential roots and present itself, refreshed and vital for a contemporary audience.
2018 saw the release of “The Arrow Of Time” on UK label Freestyle. Inspired by both the post-Coltrane generation of the 70’s and the current ‘New Wave Of Jazz’, the album made serious waves internationally in 2018, being championed by the likes of BBC’s Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Courtney Pine and Don Letts.
It features some of Australia’a finest musicians, including pianist Mark Fitzgibbon, percussionist Javier Fredes, Phil Noy on Saxophones and Ross Irwin on Trumpet. Ferguson explains that this album “draws its inspiration conceptually from the themes of space exploration, human evolution and the future of humankind. It’s pretty big stuff to be underpinning an album of modal Jazz tunes – but the main message is one of hope, and I hope that comes across in the music…The sound of record labels like Strata East, Tribe and Black Jazz has been a massive influence on Menagerie. To me that sound is timeless, exciting and just as vibrant as a musical format in 2018 – and the proof is that we’re hearing more and more young musicians embracing it”.
Now 2 years on from their last full-length, Menagerie are ready to give the world some new music courtesy of Freestyle Records, so keep your eyes and ears peeled!