A mixture of new and old from across the world Mark plays the best in Jazz with a hint of Big Band. Music from Australian artists Bernie McGann and Peter Knight and a track from Argentinian saxophonist Gato Barbieri who passed away recently. Three tracks from one of my favourite LPs of all time, the Cannonball Adderley LP “Something Else” released in 1958 on Blue Note Records featuring;
Cannonball Adderley — alto saxophone
Miles Davis — trumpet
Hank Jones — piano
Sam Jones — bass
Art Blakey — drums
Sarah Vaughan – How High The Moon (1955 The Definitive Verve Records)
Kenny Clarke & Francy Boland Big Band – Wormwood Scrubs (1969 At Her Majesties Pleasure Schema Records)
A focus on new releases from around the world as well as some old classics. I start the show with “Moanin’” from 1958 by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and bring us up to date with 2016 releases from Europe and the US. I feature 3 tracks from alto saxophonist Jackie McLean 1956 release “Lights Out!”. For the next several editions of this show I will be playing tracks from a wonderful compilation put together by UK DJ Kevin Beadle – some of my favourite “Jap Jazz” and Jazz Funk tunes of all time.
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’ (1958 Moanin’ Blue Note Records)
I go back to 1957 and feature 3 tracks from the wonderful release by trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist Gigi Gryce entitled “Jazz Lab”. As well as some of my favourite older tunes I also feature several new releases firmly in the “bebop” style from Australia and around the world. There’s an electronic / rock jazz number from Melbourne 5 piece instrumental ensemble Cleverhorse that may have jazz purists slightly upset!
An overnight cycle trip to McClaren Vale via established bikepaths – a wine drinker’s paradise and Willunga Hill – a famous stage of the Tour Down Under.
The Indian summer gives us a perfect excuse for two days of fine weather riding, and we hope to link up bikepaths for the entire 100km return trip from Adelaide to Willunga. Well thats the plan!
Grade: Easy, mostly rolling country, sealed paths, one steep (2.5km) uphill.
With no need of cold and wet gear and a room booked, our light pack comes in well under the maximum for our Topeak bags.
Mike Turtur Bikepath – Sturt River Linear Park
The Mike Turtur Bikepath, gives us an easy downhill to hook up with the Sturt River Linear Park path. Its not clearly signposted but easy to find, – just after Marion Road, near the Tram depot.
The route follows the river ( really a concrete floodway at this stage) moving from side to side over bridges and crossing a few busy roads, passing though small reserves and the backs of industrial and residential blocks. There are useful signs at each road crossing giving more info on the next stage of the ride.
We have been gently heading uphill getting nicely warmed up and finding the many wetlands and trees providing welcome shade as the day heats up. The path tunnels under the Southern Expressway and we turn Right onto the footpath of the Sturt Road and 100 meters ahead, is the start of the Veloway and the end of our shade.
Veloway bike path – Sturt River to Noarlunga
It’s a hard and hot 2.5km climb to the top of O’Halloran Hill, but we are rewarded with great views and a wind that helps ease the humidity and heat. From here, the Veloway follows the Southern Expressway; surprisingly not noisy thanks to well designed landscaping.
The veloway comes to a T junction end with another bike path. With absolutely no signs anywhere, we take an educated guess and turn right, to discover that we are now on the Coast to Vines path.
This route continues down a wide gully – with housing estates sprawling down the tops – where we find the first shelter, seating and much needed drinking water before it flattens out and we cross the Onkarparinga River.
Once past the Seacliff train station (a possible start point for those who want a shorter route) the path makes for easy riding though reserves and residential areas before plunging down though an old railway cutting, offering a cool pine scented respite from the heat.
Leaving the cool, it’s a railway gradient downhill to McClaren Vale, ducking under the highway to find vines forever leading the eye astray. Known for it’s consistently stunning vintages McLaren Vale is one of the top Shiraz wine regions of the world. We leave the path temporarily for a ride though the main street, in search of water and a late lunch. Best veggie burger at the café beside the old church – home of Dave Clark and the Singing Gallery.
McClaren Vale – Willunga, via The Shiraz Trail Bike Path.
Fuelled, and back on bikepaths, now called the Shiraz Trail Bike Path we follow the old railway line to Willunga (and our accommodation) a further 7kms of gentle uphill gradient.
The heat (36 + ) and humidity has sapped our remaining energy and enthusiasm to ride Willunga Hill, but we console ourselves that we did grind our way up it last year, before watching the riders of the Tour Down Under, flash their way up.
Our room for the night is wonderfully cool, the shower strong and bed comfy. Heading out for dinner we notice huge black clouds forming over the hills begin to regret the lack of wet weather gear. However the publican reassures us, that, the clouds will just sit there. The next morning he is proved right and we get the benefit of a gusty tailwind as well as a cooler day.
Flying into McClaren Vale, we pause for coffee at the Almond Train, and then check out the Info place, to find a family fair in full swing. We resist adding more bottles to our panniers and head back up the railway cutting, taking the same route back to the T Junction.
Coast to Vines bike path – Noarlunga to Hallett Cove
This time, we continue on the Coast to Vines path when it meets the Veloway at the un-signposted T Junction, discovering that this is the old Hallett Cove to Noarlunga railway line – which proves to be a lovely tree lined route through residential areas. Great gradient too.
The Coast to Vines path leaves the old railway line, crossing a major intersection before dropping under Main South Road – keep an eye out for the cardboard sign! – This directs you to the right bike path that curves over the Veloway and Southern Expressway to Sheidow Park.
Residential reserves link up and soon we are greeted with sea views crossing over the new railway line at Hallett Cove Station. From here, it’s a downhill coast to Kingston and the end of the Coast to Vines path.
The next 2 kms of road travel bike lane is unavoidable, but we did descend to the Brighton Caravan Park to pick up the Esplanade and the start of the Marino Rocks to Glenelg bike path. Although today, the sand is firm and the tide out – a great choice for our MTB bikes all the way to Glenelg and our favourite café – The Broadway Kiosk.
A late lunch fuels us up for the last 10k leg home, on the Mike Turtur bike path, bringing to an end a great two days cycling – all on bike paths, with a 2km exception. Fantastic.