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The success of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz masks a grim reality for Australian musicians, writes Ashleigh Wilson

| October 11, 2008

From: The Australian

JAMES Muller was in high school in Adelaide when his guitar teacher first played him an early recording by US jazz legend John Scofield.

There was something about Scofield’s use ofdistortion, his modern, modal sound,that grabbed Muller at once. He was an instant convert.

Now 34 and based in Sydney, Muller has since become one of Australia’s most exciting jazz musicians. In full flight, he rarely fails to astonish, combining an extraordinary technical reach and dazzling inventiveness with a lyricism that can leave listeners breathless, all performed with a kind of nonchalant expression on stage.

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