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James Brown (guitars and effects)
Sam Cagney (guitars and effects)
Stephen Neville (drums and cymbals)

yeahyeahabsolutelynoway! is an Adelaide-based jazz trio comprised of two guitars and drums. The group write and perform contemporary jazz that is firmly and affectionately rooted in 70's fusion. Their genre-bending style brings together elements from the jazz tradition with tinges of rock and smatterings of ambient loveliness, weaving composition and improvisation in a unique and imaginative way, creating original music that can be both subtle and explosive.

Each member of the band has carved a niche for themselves in the Adelaide music scene, performing in a variety of ensembles and creative projects. Their mutual musical connection comes through a shared passion for creating distinctive original music; music that draws on their collective knowledge of the jazz tradition together with their desire to push the boundaries of the genre. Cagney and Brown began their musical affiliation on the Creative Original Music Adelaide (COMA) committee in 2010, where they are both currently serving as COMA’s Artistic Directors. The two guitarists have much in common, sharing many influences and musical interests, yet both have an individual writing and playing style which is complimented by Neville’s distinctive energy and textural approach to the drums.

The group make their Rattle debut with UM.., an album brimming with invention, energy, and the sheer love of music, and they're rightly proud of the fact that this analogue recording was performed live in the studio without a single overdub or edit. This is music played from the heart and the soul, real music in age where technology effortlessly and frequently blurs the lines between true artistry and ... to put it nicely ... aspiration.


James Brown

James Brown completed an M.Mus from Adelaide University in 2007 and is actively involved in Adelaide’s music community, both as an organiser and performer. The guitarist and composer is currently serving as Artistic Director for Creative Original Music Adelaide (COMA) and performs in a number of local ensembles with some of the state’s leading musicians (1.1 Immermann, Only The Sky, Lyndon Gray, Jarrad Payne) and is also a board member of Jazz SA. In April 2012, Brown travelled to Wellington, NZ to record an extended composition for saxophone and guitar with multi-instrumentalist Adam Page and legendary composer John Psathas. This piece was released by Rattle on “The Harvest” in October 2012.


Sam Cagney

Sam Cagney was born in Whyalla and moved to Adelaide in 2006 to commence Jazz Guitar studies at the Elder Conservatorium. During his time there he was fortunate enough to perform with Ray Vega (USA), Jon Gordon (USA) and was a member of the Downbeat award winning Big Band One. He graduated from the Conservatorium in 2009 with first class honours. In 2011, with assistance from the Helpmann Academy, he travelled to New York to undertake private study with Kenny Werner, Paul Bollenback, Adam Rogers and John Abercrombie. Sam has shared the stage with many distinguished South Australian performers and ensembles including Andy Seymour, Libby O’Donovan, The Airbenders, The Chris Soole Quartet and The Mike Stewart Big Band. He has been Co-Artistic Director of COMA since 2011 and has a strong commitment to the presentation and dissemination of original music in Adelaide.


Stephen Neville

Stephen Neville began playing drums at the age of 12 and by the age of 15 had decided to pursue a career in music. His interest in jazz was sparked by records given to him by his uncle ( Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Moanin’ ). From that point on, his passion for the drums grew as he practised and played with local jazz musicians. Stephen always aspired to study jazz at a tertiary level, and moved to Adelaide with his wife Zoe to study at the Elder Conservatorium in 2008. Stephen received the John ‘Slick’ Osborne scholarship three times; the Elder Conservatorium Jazz Drums award and Director's Award for outstanding performance in 2010, and the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Jazz Award in 2011. Stephen began tutoring at the Elder Conservatorium and commenced a Masters in jazz performance in 2012.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:04