Directions in Groove (DIG)

Directions in Groove (DIG)

Directions in Groove (DIG)

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Directions in Groove or DIG were an Australian acid jazz band which formed in 1991 by Alexander Hewetson on bass guitar, Terepai Richmond on drums and percussion, Rick Robertson on saxophone, Tim Rollinson on guitar and Scott Saunders on keyboards. Originally styled as dig they performed instrumental acid jazz before Saunders added vocals. They released three studio albums, Deeper (March 1994, which peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart), Speakeasy (August 1995, No. 7) and Curvystrasse (September 1998). At the APRA Music Awards of 1996 they won Most Performed Jazz Work for their track, “Futures” (September 1995). They disbanded in 1998 before reforming in 2008 for selected performances and again 2011 to issue another album, Clearlight (October 2011).

Directions in Groove formed in 1991 in Sydney by Alexander Hewetson on bass guitar, Terepai Richmond on drums and percussion, Rick Robertson on saxophone, Tim Rollinson on guitar and Scott Saunders (ex-Deckchairs Overboard, Beatfish, also in Bellydance) on keyboards. Hewetson, Richmond and Robertson were, “all graduates of the New South Wales Conservatorium of Jazz.” Styled as dig they initially performed instrumental acid jazz before Saunders added vocals. They became popular with a residency at Kinselas in Oxford St, Sydney.

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