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Dramatic, dynamic and deep.

These are just a few of the words that immediately jump to mind after listening to Rites. I guess it really shouldn’t be all that surprising given that this record brings together some of our countries most renowned musicians.

Franklin is the new moniker for the joint efforts of composer/bassists Joseph Franklin, The Cat Empire’s pianist Ollie McGill, WAAPA head of jazz studies/saxophonist Jamie Oehlers and finally drummer Dave Beck.

Throughout Rites each instrument works in unison to create a rich sonic soul upon which each instrument can step into the forefront as the time calls.

Rites caters very nicely to a trained jazz ear but also has the ability to capture the attention of the listener who is not as well accustomed to the art form.

★★★