WTM-005 (2015)

Discover the music of percussionist, composer Alex Pertout on his debut release Lusambo featuring twelve original compositions, nine recorded and mixed at the famed 'Metropolis Studio' (formerly 'Armstrongs') in South Melbourne and three solo pieces recorded and mixed at his own studio, showcasing the artist and musician. Recorded with the support of an Australia Council for the Arts grant, the album features an outstanding ensemble of performers including drummers Virgil Donati and Derek Pellici, trumpeter Bobby Venier, flautist John Barrett, pianist Colin Hopkins, vocalist Linda George, soprano Cecilia Pertout, bassist Michael Matthews and guitarist Mario Genovese.

Impressive debut recording, an instrumental
album of much grace, some fire and many moments of
supreme elegant playing...

Brian Wise RHYTHMS

The album shows off the many talents of Alex Pertout…

Steve Waldon THE AGE

Alex Pertout's Lusambo is cerebrally appealing. There are qualities that unfold more
clearly with repeated playing and because it's something different, something
unpredictable and spontaneously uplifting it demands to be heard (9/10)


Pertout puts out solo gem…
Peter Familari HERALD SUN

Alex Pertout: congas, bongos, timbales,  cajon, berimbau, surdo, bombo,
agogo bells, cowbells, triangle, shekere, roto-toms, shaker, cabasa, caxixi, maracas,
tamborim, pandeiro, concert bass drum, reque, sleigh bells, tambourine, wood-blocks, 
talking drum, clay pot, rainmaker, cuica, talking drums, triangle, wind gong, hand claps,
temple blocks, cymbals, percussion effects, piano, marimba, vibes, glockenspiel, synthesizers
John Barrett: flute, alto flute and bass flute
Colin Hopkins: piano, fender rhodes, trumpet, organ
Mario Genovese: acoustic, electric guitars
Cecilia Pertout: soprano
Lachlan Davidson: soprano saxophone
Andrian Pertout: string synthesizer
Linda George: lead and background vocals
Penelope Dyer: background vocals
Lindsay Field: background vocals
Bob Venier: flugelhorn, trumpet
Alejandro Vargas: zampoñas
Michael Mathews: bass
Derek Pellicci: drums
Virgil Donati: drums

Composed and arranged by Alex Pertout
‘Home Again’ composed by Alex Pertout and Mario Genovese

Recorded and Mixed at Metropolis Audio, Melbourne, Australia
Engineered by Cameron Craig, Ross Cockle, Leanne Vallence, Doug Roberts and Michael Wickow
Mixed by Ross Cockle

Tracks 3,5,9,11 Recorded and Mixed at Alex Pertout Studio
Engineered by Alex Pertout
Mixed by Alex Pertout and Andrian Pertout

Mastered by Don Bartley at Studios 301, Sydney, Australia

Artwork by Nilusha Dassenaike
Front cover photograph by Vince Monea
Design by Luke Fraser/Ahr+

Produced by Alex Pertout

'Lusambo' Digital Booklet

Alex Pertout - Nilusha Dassenaike - Alex & Nilusha
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