Monthly Archives: May 2019

Album Deep Dives: Dr Tree

Dr Tree was New Zealand’s first jazz-rock fusion group and album. It was formed by drummer Frank Gibson Jr. in 1973 with Murray McNabb after hearing the Mahavishnu Orchestra and wanting to try and do something that had a rock and funk feel to it, but was still inherently jazz. The oft-told story (by both […]

Album Deep Dives: Nathan Haines Shift Left 25th Anniversary

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Nathan Haines debut album Shift Left, the first New Zealand jazz album I ever bought- on cassette tape no less (teenage me couldn’t afford the CD). When I thought about doing a series of deep dives into New Zealand jazz albums for NZ Music Month, this was the one that […]

Blog update: where did 2018 go? And NZ Music Month

Despite all my intentions for the last year as you will have noticed, nothing has happened here since, well, March 2018. Long story short for those of you who don’t know me personally, or follow me on Twitter, my day gig at the University of Auckland’s Music and Dance Library took over my life, and […]