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Nathan Haines Quintet

Performers

Nathan Haines
saxophone
Mike Patto
keys
Leon Stenning
guitar
Davide Giovannini
drums
Andy Hamill
bass

With eight solo albums and guests spots on hundreds of releases, Nathan Haines has been at the forefront of acoustic jazz, modern soul, and electronic music for the past two decades. In his native New Zealand, Nathan is a highly regarded musician, producer and performer with two gold albums, numerous awards, and a loyal and strong following after playing many major concerts and festivals over the last twenty years.

2012 saw the release of The Poet’s Embrace (Warner Music) which debuted at number 15, the first top 20 instrumental album to do so in New Zealand in over twenty years. This album heralds Nathan’s return to his acoustic jazz roots with a quartet album of largely self-penned originals, recorded in completely analogue straight to vintage Ampex two-track tape with no mixing or overdubs – exactly how jazz records were made before the invention of multi-track recording.

Nathan recorded Life Time with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2006 with arrangements by the Grammy Award-winning Alan Broadbent (which also featured Nathan’s jazz vocals described by UK Jazz FM host Helen Mayhew as ‘beautiful and a revelation’), as well as playing many major festivals and clubs throughout the world including a sell-out show at Ronnie Scotts in August 2011, the 2010 Java Jazz Festival, Tokyo Blue Note, the North Sea Jazz Festival, several sell-out gigs at London’s Jazz Cafe, and the UK’s Southport Weekender.

International collaborations and album sessions include Marlena Shaw, Billy Cobham, Damon Albarn, Jamiroquai, Reel People, Goldie, DJ Fresh, A-Sides, Italian pianist Marco di Marco, Mark de Clive Lowe, 4-Hero, Da Lata, Masters at Work, Louie Vega, Dave Dobbyn, Sola Rosa, UK diva Vanessa Freeman, US poet Rich Medina and many more.

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‘This is an inspired collection of songs, that you will keep returning to again and again. 9/10’

(Alan Anthony Jones, Press Association)

‘It’s everything I love about the ‘classic’ period of jazz – it’s warm, it swings, it’s intimate, and as the title would suggest, it’s poetic in a lyrical sense.’ * * * * *

(Sunday Star Times)

‘The playing is all beautifully tasteful and nuanced. It feels like a classic ensemble record – it sounds like the greats.’ * * * * *

(The Herald)

‘The best jazz album made in years and probably the best jazz album I’ve heard in years. His playing is amazing. Tender melody lines. Explosive riffs. Comprehensive technique.’

(Andrew Dickens, Newstalk ZB)

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