Anita Schwabe Eat Your Greens Rattle I wanted to say something like this is a bunch of old-school jazz-heads playing old school jazz ‘heads’ for old schooled jazzheads – and leave it at that. The assignment ticked off. This is good! And jazz fans should check it. Job done. By all the players. And a rewarding listen.
Manins/Samsom/Benebig/Lockett SHUFFLE Rattle The Rattle label continues to defy the odds, making quality product (actual CDs, lovely covers, liner notes, packaging and production – never ‘just’ the music) and shining a light. Jazz, Maori music, contemporary classic – call it “art” music if you want a catch-all maybe, I like to think of the boutique […]
Mike Nock & Roger Manins Two – Out F W M Records Roger Mannins is a great saxophonist – I’ve enjoyed his work in a variety of settings and, it’s possible, I first noticed him through the association with Mike Nock. Though I know I’ve heard Manins play in almost every conceivable jazz line-up from […]
Hip Flask Hip Flask 2 Rattle Hip Flask is an Australian jazz combo – a vehicle, essentially, for the tunes (and playing) of Roger Manins (sax). He’s (so) well supported here by Stu Hunter’s probing, pushing, searching, searing organ playing and the rhythm section of Adam Ponting (piano), Toby Hall (drums) and Brendan Clarke (bass) […]
Dog Dog Rattle When I first heard Kevin Field’s piano playing – nearly two decades ago now – I likened it to the work McCoy Tyner offered up on several key John Coltrane recordings. There was just something there in the tone, in the spacing, the phrasing – and there it is again toward the […]
Nick Granville Group Refractions Rattle Jazz Wellington jazz guitarist Nick Granville has been working hard as a session player and in various combos for many years now – he’ll sit in on a jam-night, back international and local talent and when he gets a chance to step up and play his own tunes he can […]
Phil Broadhurst Quartet Flaubert’s Dance Rattle I always end up praising Rattle in reviews of Rattle product – but you know, here’s a wee label that’s committed to decent/lovely packaging, liner notes, albums with smart design, lovely covers – they’re making CDs for CD buyers/collectors. You can argue all you like about the pointlessness of […]
Reuben Bradley Presents MANTIS: The Music of Drew Menzies Rattle I first heard the pairing of string quartet with jazz quartet for a “Double Quartet” as part of a double Max Roach CD; one of the formative albums in my life. Though the music on this CD is less frantic I can’t help but think […]