Alister Spence

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: August 23, 1955    

Alister Spence

Alister is recognised as one of Australia's most distinctive and original pianist/composers. His wide-ranging talents have led him to perform with and compose for some of the world's most respected artists in the areas of contemporary music and improvisation - Satoko Fuji (Japan), Barre Phillips (US), Myra Melford (US) and Ed Kuepper and The Laughing Clowns.

In recent years, he has devoted his energy to writing and performing with his trio - The Alister Spence Trio - Lloyd Swanton (the Necks) on double bass and Toby Hall (Mike Nock Trio) drums and glockenspiel.

This celebrated group has recorded five CDs (Rufus Records) and has a growing international reputation....
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FAR FLUNG (Alister Spence Trio/Records 2012): 4 Star review in Jazz Journal June 2013 UK and listed in The Wire 2013 Critics' Reflections Album of the year, UK. FIT (Alister Spence Trio/Rufus Records 2009): Voted in 2009 top 15 jazz/improv releases worldwide. The Wire magazine,UK MERCURY (Alister Spence Trio/Rufus Records 2006): Nominated for ARIA 2007 Best Australian Jazz Album. 4 star review in Jazzwise Magazine, UK. FLUX (ALister Spence Trio/Rufus Records2003): Nominated for ARIA 2004 - Flux - Alister Spence Trio (Rufus Records). 2002 Best Score - The Film Critics Awards + Australian Film Industry Awards for BENEATH CLOUDS. LESS STABLE ELEMENTS (Clarion Fracture Zone/Rufus Records): Nominated for ARIA 1997, Best Australian Jazz Album. WANDERLUST (Wanderlust/Rufus Records): 1993 ARIA Award for Best Australian Jazz Album. ZONES ON PARADE (Clarion Fracture Zone/Rufus Records): 5 Stars Downbeat Magazine, USA. BLUE SHIFT (Clarion Fracture Zone/Rufus Records): 1990 ARIA Award for Best Australian Jazz Album.
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Rufus Records (2009)

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”Spence isn't capable of writing an uninteresting composition...' International Piano

“Like the greatest jazz pianish-composers such as Monk and Ellington, Spence's improvising shows a coherence and imagination that matches his compositional mastery.' Andy Hamilton, International Piano

'Spence has that priceless gift of always leaving you wanting more...He is never less than absorbing.' Jazzwise Magazine UK,

‘Ingenious themes prove fertile sources of improvisation. Spence is definitely a talent deserving wider recognition’ The Wire, UK

‘Utterly compelling’ Jazz Journal UK

'Art that allows us to be other than who we are, even for a moment, is invaluable...' Sydney Morning Herald

’The cutting edge of modern Australia defined’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘It would be no exaggeration to say that Spence’s intellectual taste, and the fact that he doesn’t get caught up in ritual or tradition, highlights an outstanding personality, and that indeed he is fully rivaling the pianists who have brought about the present boom in piano trio music’...

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