About Time / Mark Lockett
Sidney Bechet, that imperial figure of early jazz, said it best: "Tell a story in your solo," he'd implore his students. Aimless meandering, simply running the chord changes, these weren't for him. Passion, combined with logic and order, equals art, he'd argue.The musicians that drummer Mark Lockett has assembled for this impressive debut CD About Time are all, whether they know it or not, following Bechet's advice to the letter.
Like the band whose music this group so effortlessly evokes, Art Blakey's 'Jazz Messengers', every member is a master story-teller, steeped in the century-old traditions of jazz but always eager to say something new.
And what members we have here: the multi award-winning Jamie Oehlers (tenor saxophone) together with Jordan Murray (trombone), Paul Van Ross (soprano and tenor saxophones), Alison Wedding (vocals), Mark Fitzgibbon (piano) and Nick Heywood (bass). Last but not least is drummer and leader, the New Zealander Mark Lockett. Definitely someone to watch!
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Bouncin' with Bud (Bud Powell arr. Jordan Murray)
In Walked Bud (Thelonious Monk, arr. Jordan Murray)
Nica's Dream (Horace Silver)
Hackensack (Thelonious Monk, arr. Eugene Ball)
The Nearness of You (N. Washington and H. Carmichael)
Blues for Ronnie (Mark Lockett)
Monk's Dream (Thelonious Monk, arr. Jordan Murray)
Groovin' High (Dizzy Gillespie, arr. Jordan Murray)
Evidence (Thelonious Monk)
Press Quotes“... something that sounds as fresh as if it were written yesterday. Carefully layered and crafted to an almost orchestral perfection ...”
— Leon Gettler, The Age - Green Guide“In releasing an album of modern jazz standards, Mark Lockett and his colleagues have taken on perhaps a more demanding task - tell fresh, new stories within some old and familiar frameworks. As you'll hear, they've succeeded ... admirably.”
— Steve Robertson, 3PBS FM - Jazz on Saturday“impressive debut release ... fine recording ... full of great standards”
— Frank Presley, 2NSB FM - Now's The Time
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