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Tue 25 Oct 2011, 7:30pm

Where: Pt Chevalier RSA, 1136 Great North Rd, Pt Chevalier, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Jazz club and Pt Chev RSA members: $0.00
  • Others: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Pete McGregor

One of New Zealand’s foremost jazz pianists and composers, Phil Broadhurst announces the release of “Delayed Reaction”, the first CD under his own name since The Road Ahead seven years ago.

Since then, Phil has been studying in depth the music of the great French pianist Michel Petrucciani, the subject of his masters thesis. This has lead to the making of an album dedicated to Petrucciani. Featuring five of his compositions given new treatments by Phil’s quartet, “Delayed Reaction” also boasts five new pieces written by Phil and inspired one way or another by the French jazz legend.

Joining Phil in the performance are:
In the front line is Roger Manins, one of NZ’s finest ever saxophonists with a big reputation here and in Australia. His passionate playing is a revelation on tracks like “Orange” and “Brazilian Like”. Roger first sat in with Phil’s trio at Auckland’s London Bar when he was a young teenager. He was already an exciting and inventive player before he left NZ for spells in Sydney and New York. Resident again in Auckland, he is now setting an example to the next generation with his huge talent.

Olivier Holland, who sailed to NZ from Germany, has become a leading player on the local scene. His rich tone and empathy for the music can be heard on every track of this album. His unison lines blend beautifully with the piano on “Guadeloupe” and his ballad playing is exceptional on the trio piece “Matai Bay.”

Already a highly-skilled and experienced performer, Alain Koetsier is the youngest member of the band, and first came to notice as a top-flight drummer when a student at Massey University. Alain’s technique and imagination are an invaluable asset to the quartet and particularly noteworthy are his contributions to the codas on “Edward” and “Orange”, and his brushwork throughout.

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