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Content by tag "Mike Nock"

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching

Read "Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Some time in 1975 a box of records from the Mainstream label was dropped by my front door. I picked it up and began to open it with a mix of excitement and dread of having to face writing more record reviews. I saw an LP titled Windows with an unfamiliar cast of characters and put ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Many Sides of Mike Nock

Read "The Many Sides of Mike Nock" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Throughout his career, the New Zealand-born pianist, Mike Nock, has explored many musical forms: fusion, modern jazz and classical music. You name it, and he has played it. At one time, he was even involved with the Naxos Jazz label as a producer and the music he helped bring to the world once again showed his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Houstoun with the Rodger Fox Big Band: Concerti

Read "Concerti" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There is a saying about “the best of both possible worlds," an adage that springs immediately to mind when listening to Concerti, a remarkable collaboration between classical pianist Michael Houstoun and trombonist Rodger Fox's superb big band from Wellington, New Zealand. The captivating program consists of four extended works, two by American pianist / composer Bill ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brisbane International Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Brisbane International Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brisbane International Jazz Festival
Various locations
jny:Brisbane, Australia
June 3-8, 2015

Celebrating its third edition, the Brisbane International Jazz Festival may be one of Australia's youngest jazz festivals but the state of Queensland is no stranger to jazz. The non-profit organisation Jazz Queensland has been curating concerts, developing audiences and working ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dave Burrell: Pianist Navigating the Windward Passages

Read "Dave Burrell: Pianist Navigating the Windward Passages" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dave Burrell is a master pianist and composer who encountered the avant-garde in the 1960s and has been following his own independent path ever since. He combines classical and jazz elements that are both “inside" and “outside" the mainstream. The title of a poem by J.V. Cunningham, “The Metaphysical Amorist" characterizes much of his playing, which ...

Drums and Piano: Denny Zeitlin and Kasper Tom

Read "Drums and Piano: Denny Zeitlin and Kasper Tom" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The meeting between drums and piano is one of the more rare combinations in jazz, but it is possible to find fine examples of this particular genre. Just think of the encounter between Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and drummer Paul Motian on Flux & Change (Soul Note, 1995) and Australian pianist Mike Nock's collaboration with drummer ...

Peter Davenport: Bolide

Read "Bolide" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Peter Davenport's Bolide is the sort of album that often flies completely under the radar. It's what record collectors call a private issue; completely self-produced, self-distributed and available on a very small scale; generally only through the artist. Nevertheless, Bolide is a worthwhile listening experience. While not a familiar name to me prior to hearing this ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Larry Coryell: Less Rock, More Jazz

Read "Larry Coryell: Less Rock, More Jazz" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

This interview was originally published at All About Jazz in June 2001.

A true jazz pioneer, guitarist Larry Coryell was one of the earliest musicians to experiment with the fusion of jazz and rock styles. Originally from Galveston, Texas, Coryell moved to New York in 1965, at a time when the city's music scene ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Matt Marshall’s Best Releases of 2013

Read "Matt Marshall’s Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by Matt Marshall


Rudresh Mahanthappa
Gamak
(ACT)
Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Balazs Pandi
One
(RareNoise)
Chris Potter
The Sirens
(ECM)
Joe Lovano Us Five
Cross Culture
(Blue Note)
KAZE
Tornado
(Circum-Libra)
Ketil Bjørnstad
La notte
(ECM)
Howie Smith/Mike Nock
Opal Dream ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Howie Smith / Mike Nock: Opal Dream

Read "Howie Smith / Mike Nock: Opal Dream" reviewed by Matt Marshall



Although their paths didn't cross until 1988, when they first met and performed together in Sydney, Australia, saxophonist Howie Smith and pianist Mike Nock are both important figures in the development of jazz Down Under. Nock, a native of New Zealand, returned to Australia in 1985 after working 25 years in the U.S. with ...


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