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"The Courier-Mail review"

Jamie Cullum interprets jazz standards and a Radiohead tune (with serious marketing budget) and sells millions. Tyrone Noonan from george does down a similarly eclectic path, makes a better record, plays some great shows around the country and has to fight to register on the mainstream radar.

Australia, you sometimes want to shout, have a look under your nose!

Noonan has maintained this extracurricular band for some years, and recruited some of the country’s rising jazz talents to take part in this recording, including the dazzling piano work of New York-based Anthony Romaniuk.

The song selection is a suitably audacious mix of evergreen and modern, opening with a swinging reading of the standard Lullaby of Birdland, showing the inspiration of Mel Torme.

But this album isn’t about nostalgia: it’s about what every musician discovers, that the great songs are written in every era, and that these remain contemporary as long as they are interpreted with emotion and passion.

Thus Noonan works his way through material ranging from a Brazilian-flavoured version of Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes to the acoustic guitar and bass employed on Paul McCartney’s Junk (from his first and best solo album) and the traditional folk ballad Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair.

Several Noonan compositions are included, most notably Not Me, Not You with its elegant, mysterious flavour emphasised by Shenton Gregory’s shimmering violin.

And Radiohead played by a jazz band? Makes perfect sense, especially if you have heard Radiohead’s Charles Mingus-inspired Pyramid Song. One of the highlights here is a passionate workout on the English art-rock band’s Exit Music (For a Film).

The Palimpsest version, film directors take note, seems even more perfectly suited to the suggestion of the title than the original.

Film-scoring is something that would suit Palimpsest, but another direction that demands further exploration is their Latin influence, given free rein on Vince Jones’s America, Les McCann’s I’ll Bet You Thought I’d Never Find You and two classics from the pen of Brazilian great Antonio Carlos Jobim, How Insensitive and Agua de Beber.

Noonan might be best known as the singer and writer of rock tunes like Bastard Son, but his feel for the nuances of Jobim’s romantic music reveals another side to his talent with appeal across the generations. Just the thing for playing with a cooling drink on the deck this summer.
- Noel Mengel, The Courier-Mail (Austrlia) album of the week review


"The Courier-Mail review"

Jamie Cullum interprets jazz standards and a Radiohead tune (with serious marketing budget) and sells millions. Tyrone Noonan from george does down a similarly eclectic path, makes a better record, plays some great shows around the country and has to fight to register on the mainstream radar.

Australia, you sometimes want to shout, have a look under your nose!

Noonan has maintained this extracurricular band for some years, and recruited some of the country’s rising jazz talents to take part in this recording, including the dazzling piano work of New York-based Anthony Romaniuk.

The song selection is a suitably audacious mix of evergreen and modern, opening with a swinging reading of the standard Lullaby of Birdland, showing the inspiration of Mel Torme.

But this album isn’t about nostalgia: it’s about what every musician discovers, that the great songs are written in every era, and that these remain contemporary as long as they are interpreted with emotion and passion.

Thus Noonan works his way through material ranging from a Brazilian-flavoured version of Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes to the acoustic guitar and bass employed on Paul McCartney’s Junk (from his first and best solo album) and the traditional folk ballad Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair.

Several Noonan compositions are included, most notably Not Me, Not You with its elegant, mysterious flavour emphasised by Shenton Gregory’s shimmering violin.

And Radiohead played by a jazz band? Makes perfect sense, especially if you have heard Radiohead’s Charles Mingus-inspired Pyramid Song. One of the highlights here is a passionate workout on the English art-rock band’s Exit Music (For a Film).

The Palimpsest version, film directors take note, seems even more perfectly suited to the suggestion of the title than the original.

Film-scoring is something that would suit Palimpsest, but another direction that demands further exploration is their Latin influence, given free rein on Vince Jones’s America, Les McCann’s I’ll Bet You Thought I’d Never Find You and two classics from the pen of Brazilian great Antonio Carlos Jobim, How Insensitive and Agua de Beber.

Noonan might be best known as the singer and writer of rock tunes like Bastard Son, but his feel for the nuances of Jobim’s romantic music reveals another side to his talent with appeal across the generations. Just the thing for playing with a cooling drink on the deck this summer.
- Noel Mengel, The Courier-Mail (Austrlia) album of the week review


"indiecds.com review"

"From the first bar Tyrone Noonan enforces his right to be considered one of Australia's most talented jazz practitioners. Palimpsest is riveting - positive and well-constructed arrangements are lead from the front by the gripping, thoughtful vocals. This set is alive and kicking even in its tender moments.

Features that make this CD stand out from the crowd, apart from the obvious talent of Noonan and his players, are the choices in arrangements made by Noonan, which render challenging material in a way that seems effortless. Jazz is a tricky medium to get right. Often virtuosity overpowers a sense of aesthetic wholeness. Noonan has got the balance just right. He's not out to make an impression. He's out to make an experience. And it works! There's no doubt the songs are of great quality. They showcase a breadth of musical taste from significant Australian jazz creators like Vince Jones to surprising and pleasing versions of Bowie and McCartney pieces. There's no doubt Noonan and his musicians are world class. But the added bonus is that everyone performing this distinctive set has real empathy with the story they are unfolding in the songs. Noonan delivers the lyric with intention and insight rather than relying on singing gimmicks and tricks. The scat singing is there. But it's meaningful when it arrives. Solos from players never obstruct the thoughtful progress of the song. This is a significant CD for Australian jazz and probably well beyond.

Highlight tracks: - (5) Beauty of All Things, (8) Junk, (1) Lullaby of Birdland and (13) I'll Bet You Thought I'd Never Find You really cooks after the rather long intro." - review by Ian Paulin, March 2005



Price in Australian dollars( including postage in Australia/New Zealand)$25.00: / Unit

Order Number
palcd01

Recording Length
68 mins

CD released
2004

Artists contact details
www.palimpsest.com.au

IndieCDs star rating *****
Track List Lullaby of Birdland : America : Not Me, Not You : How Insensitive : Beauty of all Things : Agua de Beber : I'll Bet You Thought I'd Never Find You : Junk : Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair : She Smiles : Ashes To Ashes : Exit Music (for a film) : I'll Bet You Thought I'd Never Find You (Pacifica remix)
- Indie Cds.com - Ian Paulin


"indiecds.com review"

"From the first bar Tyrone Noonan enforces his right to be considered one of Australia's most talented jazz practitioners. Palimpsest is riveting - positive and well-constructed arrangements are lead from the front by the gripping, thoughtful vocals. This set is alive and kicking even in its tender moments.

Features that make this CD stand out from the crowd, apart from the obvious talent of Noonan and his players, are the choices in arrangements made by Noonan, which render challenging material in a way that seems effortless. Jazz is a tricky medium to get right. Often virtuosity overpowers a sense of aesthetic wholeness. Noonan has got the balance just right. He's not out to make an impression. He's out to make an experience. And it works! There's no doubt the songs are of great quality. They showcase a breadth of musical taste from significant Australian jazz creators like Vince Jones to surprising and pleasing versions of Bowie and McCartney pieces. There's no doubt Noonan and his musicians are world class. But the added bonus is that everyone performing this distinctive set has real empathy with the story they are unfolding in the songs. Noonan delivers the lyric with intention and insight rather than relying on singing gimmicks and tricks. The scat singing is there. But it's meaningful when it arrives. Solos from players never obstruct the thoughtful progress of the song. This is a significant CD for Australian jazz and probably well beyond.

Highlight tracks: - (5) Beauty of All Things, (8) Junk, (1) Lullaby of Birdland and (13) I'll Bet You Thought I'd Never Find You really cooks after the rather long intro." - review by Ian Paulin, March 2005



Price in Australian dollars( including postage in Australia/New Zealand)$25.00: / Unit

Order Number
palcd01

Recording Length
68 mins

CD released
2004

Artists contact details
www.palimpsest.com.au

IndieCDs star rating *****
Track List Lullaby of Birdland : America : Not Me, Not You : How Insensitive : Beauty of all Things : Agua de Beber : I'll Bet You Thought I'd Never Find You : Junk : Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair : She Smiles : Ashes To Ashes : Exit Music (for a film) : I'll Bet You Thought I'd Never Find You (Pacifica remix)
- Indie Cds.com - Ian Paulin


"Rhythms Magazine review"

Rhythms Magazine Australia
November 2004
Palimpsest, Palimpsest
(Shock)
Review By Tony Hillier

It was only a matter of time before the talented Noonan siblings, of rock and george fame, turned their attention to jazz. Katie Noonan is already running jazz concerts and singing at jams in Brisbane, and Palimpsest sees her singer-songwriter brother Tyrone step into the jazz arena on his debut solo project.

Tyrone’s soaring vocals and impressive octave range, like his sister’s, are tailor-made for jazz. With some of the country most promising young instrumentalists providing the platform, most notably the Romaniuk brothers, Anthony on piano and Eugene on double bass, and guitarist Jamie Clark, young Noonan sails through an interesting selection of standards, originals and pop covers.

It is a glowing tribute to the quality of his own composing skills that Noonan’s ethereal ballad “Beauty Of All Things” by no means pales in comparison to the established pieces. These include Vince Jones’ excellent “America”, which Tyrone starts with impressive falsetto, David Bowie’s classic “Ashes To Ashes”, which features an intriguing overlaid outro, Paul McCartney’s “Junk”, with just acoustic guitar and fiddle in support, and Radiohead’s “Exit Music”, which starts off quietly but builds to an impressive crescendo.

Tyrone Noonan also shows a real flair for Brazilian cool via Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Bossa benchmark “How Insensitive” and scat in the more up-tempo “Agua De Beber”.

His phrasing on the swing standard “Lullaby of Birdland” would do credit to a veteran. His reading of the Scottish folk song “Black Is The Colour of My True Love’s Hair” is exquisite.

It’s no surprise to hear that Noonan and his compadres, who will be at Melbourne’s Bennett’s Lane club on November 18 and Richmond’s Corner Hotel on the 24th, take their inspiration from New York pianist Brad Mehldau.

By the way, in case you were wondering, the dictionary definition of Palimpsest is: a parchment, or the like, from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for new text.

- Rhtyhms Magazine


"Rhythms Magazine review"

Rhythms Magazine Australia
November 2004
Palimpsest, Palimpsest
(Shock)
Review By Tony Hillier

It was only a matter of time before the talented Noonan siblings, of rock and george fame, turned their attention to jazz. Katie Noonan is already running jazz concerts and singing at jams in Brisbane, and Palimpsest sees her singer-songwriter brother Tyrone step into the jazz arena on his debut solo project.

Tyrone’s soaring vocals and impressive octave range, like his sister’s, are tailor-made for jazz. With some of the country most promising young instrumentalists providing the platform, most notably the Romaniuk brothers, Anthony on piano and Eugene on double bass, and guitarist Jamie Clark, young Noonan sails through an interesting selection of standards, originals and pop covers.

It is a glowing tribute to the quality of his own composing skills that Noonan’s ethereal ballad “Beauty Of All Things” by no means pales in comparison to the established pieces. These include Vince Jones’ excellent “America”, which Tyrone starts with impressive falsetto, David Bowie’s classic “Ashes To Ashes”, which features an intriguing overlaid outro, Paul McCartney’s “Junk”, with just acoustic guitar and fiddle in support, and Radiohead’s “Exit Music”, which starts off quietly but builds to an impressive crescendo.

Tyrone Noonan also shows a real flair for Brazilian cool via Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Bossa benchmark “How Insensitive” and scat in the more up-tempo “Agua De Beber”.

His phrasing on the swing standard “Lullaby of Birdland” would do credit to a veteran. His reading of the Scottish folk song “Black Is The Colour of My True Love’s Hair” is exquisite.

It’s no surprise to hear that Noonan and his compadres, who will be at Melbourne’s Bennett’s Lane club on November 18 and Richmond’s Corner Hotel on the 24th, take their inspiration from New York pianist Brad Mehldau.

By the way, in case you were wondering, the dictionary definition of Palimpsest is: a parchment, or the like, from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for new text.

- Rhtyhms Magazine


"Time Off review"

Time Off Magazine
Oct 13 2004
Palimpsest, Self-titled
(Frontal Lobe Productions/Shock)
Four Stars
Album review by Megan Yarrow

Palimpsest is a cohesive and lyrical album of seriously smooth and sexy sounds – a fusion of originals, jazz standards, Brazilian samba rhythm and intelligently reworked Bowie, McCartney and Vince Jones classics.

Standards like “How Insensitive” highlight the band’s flawless musicianship – a mandolin adds drama in “Black Is The Colour Of My true Love’s Hair”.

“Beauty Of Al Things” reflects an almost religious positivity and showcases Noonan’s exquisite prose and mellow vocals.

The leisurely pace of the CD is layered with suitably upbeat tracks. “I’ll Bet You Thought I’d Never Find you” is exceptional, especially the remixed reprisal which is bolstered by electronic wizardry – a nice counterpoint to the previous track, a stirring rendition of Radiohead’s “Exit Music (for a film)”.

Noonan’s original love songs and subtle political commentary make the CD a meaningful, as well as enjoyable, listening experience.

- Timer Off


"Time Off review"

Time Off Magazine
Oct 13 2004
Palimpsest, Self-titled
(Frontal Lobe Productions/Shock)
Four Stars
Album review by Megan Yarrow

Palimpsest is a cohesive and lyrical album of seriously smooth and sexy sounds – a fusion of originals, jazz standards, Brazilian samba rhythm and intelligently reworked Bowie, McCartney and Vince Jones classics.

Standards like “How Insensitive” highlight the band’s flawless musicianship – a mandolin adds drama in “Black Is The Colour Of My true Love’s Hair”.

“Beauty Of Al Things” reflects an almost religious positivity and showcases Noonan’s exquisite prose and mellow vocals.

The leisurely pace of the CD is layered with suitably upbeat tracks. “I’ll Bet You Thought I’d Never Find you” is exceptional, especially the remixed reprisal which is bolstered by electronic wizardry – a nice counterpoint to the previous track, a stirring rendition of Radiohead’s “Exit Music (for a film)”.

Noonan’s original love songs and subtle political commentary make the CD a meaningful, as well as enjoyable, listening experience.

- Timer Off


Discography

LP: Palimpsest - Palimpsest (Shock Records - PALCD1)
available online at www.palimpsest.com.au
Strong radio airplay on ABC National, ABC Classical/Jazz FM and other urban/regional stations throughout Australia.

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Bio

Palimpsest (PAL - IMP - SEST) is the debut solo project from singer/ songwriter / instrumentalist Tyrone Noonan of Australian No #1 charting, ARIA-award-winning band george.
The band has the ability to take on many styles, from jazz standards to Latin, soul and folk classics, re-interpretations of radio favourites (a latin funk take on Bowie's Ashes to Ashes for example) and exciting jazz and pop originals.
In October 2004, Palimpsest released its first nationally acclaimed self-titled album (thru Shock), debuting in the top 10 of the AIR Australian Indie charts, and conducted a subsequent highly successful Australian tour including performances on national television.
Here's what the critics had to say!

Ian Paulin, IndieCds.com
From the first bar Tyrone Noonan enforces his right to be considered one of Australia’s most talented jazz practitioners. Palimpsest is riveting – positive and well-constructed arrangements are lead from the front by thoughtful, gripping vocals. This set is alive and kicking even in its tender moments. This is a significant CD for Australian jazz and probably well beyond.

Noel Mengle, Album of the Week review, The Courier-Mail
“Jamie Cullum interprets jazz standards and a Radiohead tune (with serious marketing budget) and sells millions. Tyrone Noonan from george does down a similarly eclectic path, makes a better record, plays some great shows around the country and has to fight to register on the mainstream radar. Australia, you sometimes want to shout, have a look under your nose!”

Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine Australia
“Tyrone’s soaring vocals and impressive octave range, like his sister’s, are tailor-made for jazz, with some of the country most promising young instrumentalists providing the platform, most notably the Romaniuk brothers, Anthony on piano and Eugene on double bass, and guitarist Jamie Clark…
Tyrone shows a real flair for Brazilian cool via Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Bossa benchmark “How Insensitive” and scat in the more up-tempo “Agua De Beber….His phrasing on the swing standard “Lullaby of Birdland” would do credit to a veteran. His reading of the Scottish folk song “Black Is The Colour of My True Love’s Hair” is exquisite.”

Megan Yarrow, Time Off Magazine
“Palimpsest is a cohesive and lyrical album of seriously smooth and sexy sounds – a fusion of originals, jazz standards, Brazilian samba rhythm and intelligently reworked Bowie, McCartney and Vince Jones classics.
…It is a glowing tribute to the quality of his own composing skills that Noonan’s ethereal ballad “Beauty Of All Things” by no means pales in comparison to the established pieces.”

Sound Bites Review, The Northern Star
“Tyrone Noonan’s album Palimpsest offers an entirely excellent repertoire of contemporary jazz sounds and textures.
…In particular, a jazz brush is waved over Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” with delicious effect.
…Noonan’s vocals are fabulous and easily comparable with Vince Jones; rich, golden, funky and full of emotion.”

Dave Hayes, The Drum Media
“…I’m discovering something quite compelling about the album.…You’ll (at least) find yourself challenged by the self-titled release...There’s plenty of diversity on this album. The 2nd track, a cover of Australian jazz great Vince Jones’ America, is an absolute corker.’’

Live performances to date include the 2005 St Kilda Festival, 2004/05 and 03/04 Woodford Folk Festivals, The Brisbane Powerhouse, Sirromet Winery, The Zoo and The Rev (Bris), The Vanguard and the Brass Monkey (Sydney), Bennett’s Lane and the Corner Hotel (Melbourne), Tilley’s (Canberra).