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date: 05 December 2019

Rohde, Bryce (Benno)locked

  • revised by Jeff Pressing
  •  and John Whiteoak
  • Roger T. Dean

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(Benno)

(b Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Sept 12, 1923; d Jan 26, 2016). Australian pianist and composer. He was a leading modern-jazz player in Adelaide before moving to Canada in 1953. With other Australian musicians there he founded the Australian Jazz Quartet, which played at many important venues, including Birdland and Carnegie Hall in New York, and recorded seven albums; latterly it worked as a quintet. After a tour of Australia in 1958 the group disbanded, and for the next six years Rohde led several quartets in Australia. He was also influential in the dissemination in Australia of the theories from George Russell’s book The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (1953). In 1962 he formed a workshop group with Charlie Munro, Bruce Cale, and drummer Mark Bowden which recorded during the following year; Rohde’s mature compositional style may also be heard on his album Just Bryce (...

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