Alister Spence

Alister is recognized as one of Australia’s most original, distinctive contemporary jazz pianists/composers. With a performing and composing career spanning more than 25 years, 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, improvisation, film and theatre.

In recent years he has devoted his energy to writing and performing with his trio, The Alister Spence Trio with Lloyd Swanton (the Necks) on double bass and Toby Hall (formerly with pianist, Mike Nock) drums and glockenspiel. This celebrated group has recorded six CDs (Rufus Records and Alister Spence Music [ASM]) and has a growing international reputation.

Their most recent CD, Not Everything But Enough (ASM005, 2017) was listed in Top 10 Jazz Releases 2017, Music Magazine Japan and “Honorary Mention Best of 2017” in New York City Jazz Record. Alister Spence Trio: Live (ASM004, 2015) was recorded live at the Sound Lounge, Sydney in 2015 and received a 4 star review in Jazzwise Magazine. It was nominated for Australian Jazz Bell Awards 2016 and Art Music Award Excellence in Jazz 2016. Far Flung (Rufus Records 2012) also received a 4 star review in Jazz Journal (June 2013) and was listed in Critics Poll 2013 (January 2014). It was also listed in The WIRE 2013 Rewind - Critics' reflections by Andy Hamilton as Album of the year. fit (Rufus Records 2009) was voted in the top 15 jazz/improv releases worldwide for 2009 by The Wire, UK. Both Mercury (Rufus Records 2006) and Flux (Rufus Records 2003) received ARIA nominations (Australian Record Industry Awards) for 2004, 2007. The trio toured in U.K and Canada in 2006 and Japan in 2008.

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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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Discography

Imagine Meeting You Here

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Alister Spence Music
2019

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Live

Live

Self Produced
2016

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