Review: Bent Grooves, Michael Rofe, Weekend Australian, December 2008

Kim Sanders is one of those unsung Australian musical pioneers who is following his own vision to create his sound while acknowledging his Middle eastern influences.  Bent Grooves is a wonderful collaboration, indicative of the remarkable musical talent to be found in Australia, far beyond anything created by the superficial or the idols so prominent in the media.  The master of a variety of reed instruments, including the sublime Sufi reed flute (ney), Sanders creates a sound at once evocative and melodic, with grace and humour.  He is accompanied by Australia’s pre-eminent saxophonist, Sandy Evans, the rhythmically subtle bassist Steve Elphick, Indian tabla master Bobby Singh and fellow explorer Llew Kiek playing baglama (lute) as well as several guests.  With excellent production by Tony Gorman and sound engineering by Ross A’Hern, this is a gem worth investigating.  In a perfect world, these artists would figure among out national treasures.

– Michael Rofe, Weekend Australian, Dec 13-14, 2008.

Rating: 4 ½ stars (out of 5)