The Umbrellas were formed in 1985 to play Peter Dasent's original music. Starting out as a small chamber ensemble (piano, vibes, oboe, bassoon and double bass) with the occasional wild saxophone (courtesy Australian jazz legend Mark Simmonds). The group gradually evolved over the next ten years into the lineup which features on the 2015 release "Lounge Suite Tango":
Peter Dasent - piano, organ, accordion
James Greening - trombone, pocket trumpet, sousaphone
Andrew Robson - alto and baritone saxes
Andrew "Wilks" Wilkie - vibes and marimba
Zoe Hauptmann/Steve Elphick - double bass
Toby Hall - drums
Here's a music video created by Fane Flaws for the song "Quick March" by the Umbrellas.
Listen to Lounge Suite Tango below, and continue down for information on The Umbrellas from 1986 to present.
1. Lounge Suite Tango
2. Ernie's Green Bucket
3. Hank's Vacation
4. Quick March
5. Lost At Sea
7. Sleeping Beauty
8. Blues For The High Priest
Recorded by Barry Wolfison at a live concert at Studio 228 in Darlinghurst, Sydney in September 1985.
With Peter Dasent on piano and organ, Jonathan Zwartz on double bass, Mark Simmonds on tenor saz, Andrew Wilkie on vibes and marimba and John Armstrong and Doug Eyre on oboe and bassoon.
Released on LP in 1986 (out of print) // Remastered for digital release Sept 1 2015
Recorded by Barry Wolfison at Electric Ave Sydney, with two tracks recorded live at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney String Quartet.
This album features:
PD - piano/organ/accordion
Mark Simmonds - tenor sax
James Greening - trombone
Jonathan Zwartz - double bass
Martin Highland - drums
including: Liz Hayles (oboe), George Washingmachine (violin), Nigel Westlake (clarinet), Tony Backhouse and The Elevators (vocals on "French").
Recorded live by Barry Wolfison at Electric Ave Sydney.
Remastered for digital release on Sept 1, 2015.
Arrangements of six Fellini film scores composed by Nino Rota. Recorded and mixed by Phil Punch at Electric Ave. Originially released in 2001, the CD has now been re-released with new cover and revised booklet.
Also released as limited edition vinyl LP, containing three of the suits from the CD. Mastered by george merino at Sterling Sound in New York and released on the Experience Vinyl label.
Only available from this website, LPs are $30 each plus postage.