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Creative Jazz Club - Nathan Haines Fourtet


Wed 23 Nov 2011, 8:00pm–12:00am

Where: 1885 Britomart, 27 Galway Street Central, Britomart, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General entry: $10.00
  • Students or CJC members: $7.00
  • Students with CJC membership: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Related Artists:

Nathan Haines - saxes / flute
Kevin Field - piano
Thomas Botting - bass
Alain Koetsier - drums

An explosive cocktail in an acoustic mould.

Serving as an improvisatory vehicle for all 4 members of this brand new Haines led line-up, The Fourtet brings together jazz stalwarts Haines and Field - who have been playing and writing together since the heady days of the late 1980s - with a newer, fresher and some would say greener rhythm section of Botting and Koetsier.

Marking a departure from Haines's previous line-ups, this band is of the acoustic mould, meaning apart from microphones, these guys are as old school as you can get, with upright bass, grand piano, drums and of course Haines at the helm on saxes and flutes.

With a renewed vigour and purpose, Haines has been deep in the shed for the last three months after a one month sabbatical in France where he finally grappled with some of the 'bigger' musical ideas that had been eluding him for decades. That coupled with a lovely 1963 Selmer Mk IV, bought from Brian Smith no-less, has led Haines down the path of assembling a band where anything can happen, and indeed will happen. This ethos, as well as the fourth stream musical ideas of "Professor" Kevin Field, means an explosive cocktail is ready ignite at our own CJC.

"I have been writing things for us to really blow over, to go out and perhaps return, or perhaps not. This has been a long time coming, and so far it's a very exciting place for us to be."

Haines plans to take the band into York St Studios very soon after these recordings, to record in a fastidiously analogue fashion.

"As far as I see it, recording technology has got worse not better in the last 40 years. We will be using all the vintage Neumann mics, and we will record straight to tape. It won't make us play better, but it will make us sound better".

Haines also plans to record the gig on November 23, once again straight to reel to reel tape in the tradition of the best live recordings.

"There's nothing wrong with valve distortion, and believe us, we will be redlining the meters!"

Join CJC!

Join the Creative Jazz Club and join a proactive community of musicians who are committed to furthering the development of quality, improvised music in NZ. Membership benefits include a discounted entrance fee and discounted drinks and food at 1885 on CJC club nights plus the chance to go into the draw for a weekly prize of jazz CDs or promotional offers! Performers gain the opportunity to submit their project for consideration in our creative program, and you will get warm fuzzy feelings knowing you are supporting our musical community's growth.

CJC is a non profit organisation and revenue goes back into CJC.

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