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beginning and end of knowing. Mike Nock, Laurence Pike

Mike Nock, piano; Laurence Pike, drums
FWM Records
Reviewed by , October 1st, 2015

This is a very valuable recording of a musical conversation between two superb artists, one older than I am by two months (like most of the great men we were born in 1940), the other (Pike) relatively young. The recording was beautifully made over two days in March at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Just how much… continue reading »

Opal Dream

Howie Smith and Mike Nock
Open Blue OBCD-1201
Reviewed by , January 1st, 2015

Saxophonist Howie Smith, who is based in Cleveland, Ohio, established the first university jazz studies program at the Sydney Conservatorium in 1973 on a Fulbright grant, and was Director of Jazz Studies there for three years as well as a member of Jazz Co/op with Roger Frampton, Phil Treloar and bassist Jack Thorncraft. He has… continue reading »

Serious Fun: The Life and Music of Mike Nock

Norman Meehan
Biography, Books
Wellington, NZ: Victoria University Press, 2010
ISBN 978-0-86473-636-9
Reviewed by , September 3rd, 2014

Mike Nock has been a stalwart of the Sydney Improvised Music Association and was a star turn at its August celebration of its 30th anniversary. In the general spirit of reminiscence, he offered The Music Trust this biography, published in 2010, for review. It was published around the time of Mike’s 70th birthday celebrations so… continue reading »

Suite SIMA

Mike Nock Octet
FWM Records004
Reviewed by , January 1st, 2015

Sydney Improvised Music Association has fostered contemporary Australian jazz in that city for thirty years. Every member of the Mike Nock Octet has benefited from and taken part in the association’s activities. Although the individual horn players are each given an opportunity to contribute an improvisation, this is no ‘blowing album’. Each composition features a… continue reading »

Tender Earth

Simon Tedeschi, piano. Works by Kevin Hunt, Mark Isaacs, Evan Lohning, Mike Nock, Bill Risby
ABC Classics 481 0960.
Reviewed by , March 1st, 2015

Simon Tedeschi observes in the liner notes that all the Australian composers selected for this recording are “jazzers”, whom he considers to be ahead of the curve conceptually here in Australia. “Jazz, an art music for many decades, has produced some of our country’s finest musical auteurs”. It’s an interesting claim, quite possibly true, but… continue reading »

The Cool School of the 1950s. The beginning of modern jazz in Australia

Australian Jazz Quintet, and bands led by Michael Walker, Bruce Clarke, Jack Brokensha, Lindsay Copeland, Clare Bail, Eddie Oxley, Brian Brown, Mike Nock
2 CDs, Australian Jazz Museum AJM 034. Rare Collectable Jazz
Reviewed by , March 3rd, 2016

Curious and intriguing pages of modern jazz Down Under There is at least one oddity regarding early Australian modern jazz. Historically it seems to be back to front. In America the first jazz called “modern” (Don Burrows once sensibly pointed out that all jazz was modern in its time) certainly carried less sentiment than the… continue reading »


Mike Nock, piano; Roger Manins, tenor saxophone
FWM Records 005
Reviewed by , March 3rd, 2016

Two of the finest jazzmen from the ‘Shaky Isles’ play jazz interpretations of popular tunes from the first half of the twentieth century. It is work whose beauty rivals that of the Tony Bennett/Bill Charlap award-winner from last year. This is an album made from recordings undertaken following an informal session of ‘jamming’ between two… continue reading »

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