The musicians that drummer Mark Lockett has assembled for this impressive debut CD About Time are master story-tellers, steeped in the century-old traditions of jazz but always eager to say something new.
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!
Drummer Mark Lockett is a tasteful time-keeper who not only eschews long solos, but clearly espouses the old but very valid notion that a drummer's function in the band is to make everyone sound great, not constantly call attention to his own personal virtuosity.
“... 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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- In Walked Bud Thelonious Monk Arr: Jordan Murray
- Nica's Dream Horace Silver
- Hackensack Thelonious Monk Arr: Eugene Ball
- The Nearness of You Ned Washington Hoagy Carmichael
- Blues for Ronnie Mark Lockett
- Monk's Dream Thelonious Monk Arr: Jordan Murray
- Groovin' High Dizzy Gillespie Arr: Jordan Murray
- Evidence Thelonious Monk
Jordan is one of Melbourne's first-call trombonists. He works in all styles of music from jingles, film scores and early music ensembles to Latin and funk bands, jazz groups and pit orchestras.
With a pianistic and compositional style that draws from black gospel, bebop, Latin and R&B sources, Horace Silver was one of the major musicians of the hard-bop and soul-jazz movements of the '50s and '60s.