The Necks

Formed 1987.


The Necks are an experimental jazz trio from Sydney, comprising Chris Abrahams on piano and Hammond organ, Tony Buck on drums, percussion and electric guitar, and Lloyd Swanton on bass guitar and double bass. The band, who are also well known in Europe, play improvisational pieces of up to an hour in length that explore the development and demise of repeating musical figures. The band's 17th album Open was released in late 2013.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Mindset

    Mindset 2011

    Reviewed by Bill Tilland
    Expectations are set up only to be subverted on The Necks’ latest long-player.
  2. Review of Silverwater

    Silverwater 2009

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    The trio are positioned at the cutting edge of Australian music.
  3. Review of Townsville

    Townsville 2007

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    ...a delightfully dreamy, drifting piece that rewards repeated listens and encourages...
  4. Review of Chemist

    Chemist 2006

    Reviewed by Bill Tilland
    Latest from the Australian minimal jmprovisers.
  5. Review of The Boys

    The Boys 2004

    Reviewed by Colin Buttimer
    The feeling is of musical parts moving snugly together and apart, of sailing out...
  6. Review of Aether

    Aether 2002

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Australian trio the Necks stretch out with a 64 minute piece...
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