HEAR and KNOW wins BEST JAZZ ALBUM at the 2012 Australian Independent Music Awards ( AIR )
Here’s a link to a recent HD video with Laurence and myself at the ABC studios.
Two generations of Australian music come together in the music of Mike Nock and Laurence Pike as heard on KINDRED the latest release from FWM records. Ethereal, inventive, humorous, and atmospheric: these are postcards from a shared journey between two distinct voices in Australian music. KINDRED documents some of Nock’s most vital and inventive playing to date, delicately underpinned by Pike’s singular approach to the drum kit.
To read what John Kelman at allaboutjazz ( US ) had to say visit http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=42885
Kindred (Mike Nock & Laurenz Pike)
- BY:JAZZ: JOHN MCBEATH
- From:The Australian
- September 01, 2012 12:00
Kindred: Mike Nock/Laurenz Pike Source: Supplied
IN a multifarious and highly celebrated career spanning more than 50 years, ex-Kiwi, now Sydney-based pianist, composer, mentor and bandleader Mike Nock has appeared on well over 100 recordings.
These have ranged from solo piano, including classical works, to working with many different groups and orchestras.
Nock’s latest album is the slightly unorthodox duo combination of piano and drums, in a totally improvised performance. Laurenz Pike’s drumkit abandons a solely rhythmic responsibility and becomes an instrument for percussive ornamentation and near melodic contributions of accents, conjunctions and punctuation.
It’s a case of a grand old jazz master collaborating with a younger drummer from acclaimed post-rock electronica outfit Triosk, now disbanded.
This collection won’t appeal to everyone — some might prefer a bass to have been included — but the concept is minimalist, allowing maximum tonal freedom, and Nock utilises this independence. The title track is representative of the session as with drum accents the piano paints a musical abstraction of thoughtful, classically referenced passages, pausing for sensitive percussive responses.
At one point the harmonic progression leads quite naturally, if unexpectedly, into quotes from the traditional Irish folk song, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms. Unpredictable variety reigns throughout: All Most Blues uses an altered blues riff to push into new explorations, while Sleepwalking features a dreamy, wandering high treble against deeply murky bass chords and shimmering cymbals.
A dissonant opening chord leads into beautifully flowing expectant sequences in Solstice, establishing a repetitive bass figure to conclude with soft bass drums.
RATING: 4 stars
AllAboutJazz has just posted a new profile on Mike which you can see at
I’d like to let you know about this new film by choreographer/cinematographer Sue Healey which features a wide range of my music. Sue and I met in NYC many years ago and we have since worked on many projects together. This current film is the culmination of our work and for me is a very special project. You can find out more about it by going to the following link http://www.sponsume.com/project/virtuosi-film-sue-healey
Dynamic American saxophonist / composer Howie Smith is making a special trip to Sydney in April to record a duo CD with Mike at TrackDown Studios, April 10th and 20th. His first visit to Australia was from January 1973 to June 1976, during which time he made a huge impact on the local jazz scene through his virtuosic and probing performances including work with the legendary Jazz Co-op among others, and founding the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Studies course.
“An electrifying and versatile soloist” New York Times
Visit Howie Smith’s website >
Review by John Kelman on AllAboutJazz.com
Hear and Know reunites Nock’s trio from An Accumulation of Subtleties (FWM, 2010), capitalizing on the same chemistry that has been evolving since Nock first met the Waples brothers a decade earlier at the Sydney Conservatorium. Expanded to include a saxophone/trumpet frontline, Hear and Know is an even stronger set, featuring some of the pianist’s best writing, with all but one track making a first appearance here.
About Hear and Know
Released in December 2011, Hear and Know is the latest recording from Mike Nock’s Mike Nock Trio Plus
Mike Nock, Sydney, November 2011
Ben, James and I have been making music together since we met at Sydney Conservatorium’s jazz studies program some ten years ago. A couple of years ago we began playing quartet gigs with Karl and in January this year we invited Ken to join us. With the trio touring Japan in mid September and Ken winning the James Morrison “Generations in Jazz Scholarship” in August we decided it was time to go into the studio. Its been a real pleasure making music with this awesomely talented group of young musicians and I hope you’ll get a sense of that while listening to the album …
Hear and Know !
John McBeath in The Australian - Jan 7 2012
‘This is a stellar quintet of four younger players led by a grand old master whose compositions and arrangements here are like a 21st-century re-invention of the legendary works of Gil Evans for Miles Davis’s famous quintet of 1963 to 1965.’
Phil Sandford on jazz-planet.com
‘…highlights Nock’s continuing development as a player and composer and the vibrancy and strength of some of the younger players on the Australian jazz scene.’ Read more >>>>
‘After Satie’ from the CD, featuring Gerard Anderson‘s photo slideshow of the recording session
1. Hear and Know 7.54
2. The Sibylline Fragrance 7.22
3. Colours 5.22
4. After Satie 5.30
5. Komodo Dragon 7.40
6. If Truth Be Known 11.14
7. Slow News Day 8.51
Along with the imminent release of HEAR & KNOW the new TRIO-PLUS CD in December, two long out of print FOURTH WAY albums are scheduled for release in December through EMI Japan – THE FOURTH WAY and WERWOLF. The trio’s first release on FWM records, the award winning AN ACCUMULATION OF SUBTLETIES, continues to attract strong reviews, the most recent being from the Oct-Nov-Dec issue of CADENCE ( US )
“An Accumulation of Subtleties confirms Nock’s restless creativity and command of the piano.” Bill Donaldson – Cadence.
The TRIO was in Japan Sept 1 – 12 where they recorded a program for NHK radio to be broadcast in Japan Oct 9th, performed two concerts for TOKYO JAZZ ( one with guest artist trumpeter Terumasa Hino ) and did a 5 concert tour with Sadao Watanabe. Sept 25th the TRIO played a concert in Christchurch NZ and Sept 29th were in the studio, recording as TRIO-PLUS with Karl Laskowski tenor and Ken Allars tpt, for their upcoming CD on FWM records.