Mandy Stefanakis has been moved by Stories Under the Sky and she reviews it on Loudmouth: “But there are only a few albums that I want on constant replay, because, like all best friends, they know when to act like a caffeine fix or, alternatively, transport me out of the traffic melee. Stories Under the Sky is one of those albums and falls into the latter category.”
Stories Under the Sky was the first featured album on the 28 August 2017 episode of The New Thing on 89.7 Eastside FM Sydney. Chelsea Deeley dug the album!
A really beautiful independent release from those Melbourne guys. … It’s beautifully recorded, has a really beautiful pace, and awesome compositions, too. … follow their journey, cause it’s gonna be a really awesome one, particularly with these talented musicians at the forefront.
Saul Zavarce said on his 12 August 2017 episode of his programme Jazz Fiesta:
Nice tune by them called Summer Morning. Stories Under the Sky, the name of the CD.
Ann Bolton and Ken Turnbull host the Jazz Life programme on 94.9 Main FM Castlemaine. In the 7 August 2017 episode, Ann said:
This is the very talented group of contemporary Melbourne jazz musicians led by ade ishs on keyboard and Chelsea Allen on drums, supported by long-term members bassist Paul Bonnington and trumpeter Ee Shan Pang. … Tonight I’m going to play a gorgeous piece that I’ve quite gone mad about. It’s called Rainy Day. … I can’t get it out of my head.
Sharni White of the cargoART Magazine has written a glowing review of our show at Paris Cat on 1 July 2015: “The ishs/Allen Project has the ability to bring new listeners into the world of jazz and unite them with veteran lovers.”
Here is what Barry Ponchard (3WBC 94.1FM Melbourne) thinks about our debut album.
Australian jazz legend Bob Sedergreen gave a masterclass right after The ishs/Allen Project’s first set at the 2015 Castlemaine Jazz Festival, and he said about the group:
The excellent band I just heard …
Bob Sedergreen giving a masterclass at Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2015
BUSET, an Indonesian magazine published in Australia, has published a gig review and interview. If you can read Indonesian, check it out.
89.7 Eastside FM Sydney — The New Thing Feature
Our debut album was featured in the 6 April 2015 episode of The New Thing by Sammy Al on 89.7 Eastside FM, Sydney, Australia. He said about the album:
It’s a cracking album, that one. It’s called The ishs/Allen Project, a self-titled release from The ishs/Allen Project, and pretty much one of my favourite independent jazz releases that’s come out for some time. Really, really great energy to the whole of that one.
“The ishs/Allen Project” Album Review on Tom Tom
Tom Tom (USA) has published a review on the album. The nice review is written by Lola Johnson:
Both band leaders, pianist ade ishs and drummer Chelsea Allen, hailing from Melbourne, Australia, are very accomplished players, honing their techniques of their principle instruments through this contemporary/traditional jazz-fueled collaboration.`
“The ishs/Allen Project” Album Review on Jazzwise
Michael Prescott has written some nice words about our debut album. His review has been published by Jazzwise (UK).
… the Project have produced something not very common in jazz, an album that reeks of a positive vibe, very uplifting, almost joyful.
PBS 106.7FM Melbourne Interview
ade and Chelsea were interviewed by Ross Nable, PBS 106.7FM Melbourne, Australia, about The ishs/Allen Project’s debut album.
Here’s what Ross says about it:
It’s a gentle album, but with complexity. And very lovely melodies as well.
“The ishs/Allen Project” Review on AustralianJazz.net
AustralianJazz.net has published a review on our album. The review is beautifully written by John Hardaker.
The music of ade ishs — and now the music he makes on this album with Chelsea Allen — is far from simple, yet the expression is direct and heartfelt. There are moments when it can become almost too pretty, but that is the risk one takes if making your music inclusive and not exclusive to your fellow human beings.
“The ishs/Allen Project” Review on cargoART
Sharni White has written a rave review of our debut album and it’s published by cargoART.
This new album has pushed the bar for all other Australian contemporary acts. These talented musicians have worked together to create one of the best jazz albums out at the moment. With praise from the jazz community pouring in, this group is one to watch for the future.
Here is what 5MBS Adelaide, Australia thinks about our debut album
“The ishs/Allen Project” Review by Ken Turnbull
Ken Turnbull of Castlemaine Jazz Festival writes about the album:
There are 10 tracks on this crowd-funded CD, different enough to reward repeated listening but homogeneous enough to constitute a musical suite.
Beauty glimpsed through silk indeed.
Jim McLeod on “The ishs/Allen Project”
Jim McLeod of PBS 106.7FM, Melbourne, Australia says about The ishs/Allen Project’s debut album in his broadcast:
… very pleasant music on it.