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Michael Houstoun

Throughout 2013, Chamber Music New Zealand's ReCycle Series featured acclaimed New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun performing the complete Beethoven piano sonatas. Michael recorded the sonatas with producer Kenneth Young and Rattle engineer Steve Garden, and the result is simply stunning.

This is a major release by any standard, a monumental achievement for Michael and Rattle alike, a collection of music that must surely stand as one of the most important cultural events of our time. Michael Houstoun is at the very peak of his powers, and his affinity with this great body of work has produced a set of recordings that are exhilarating, at times miraculous.


Hip Flask

In 2001, Roger Manins recorded his first album, Hip Flask, in the ABC Studios in Sydney. Following it's 2005 release, Australian reviewer Peter Wockner described the album as an 'ominous signal to the jazz world', an album heralding the arrival of a musician of great integrity, virtuosity, and fidelity to the values that animate the highly expressive, perpetually evolving genre of jazz.

Just over a decade later in December 2013, Roger assembled the same musicians to record a second Hip Flask album. The result is 2, a vibrant set of self-penned blues-based compositions driven by killer-grooves and an unapologetic love melody. This is jazz of a high order, performed by musicians of exceptional skill and musicality, and an infectious sense of fun.

This double CD release features both Hip Flask albums.
Join us for the launch at CJC in Auckland, Wednesday September 17.



Henry Wong Doe

This suite of twelve works for solo piano composed by some of New Zealand's most renowned composers marks the Rattle debut of New Zealand pianist Henry Wong Doe. A superb recording, brimming with colour, texture and passion, LANDSCAPE PRELUDES is set to be a New Zealand classic.

"When a virtuoso is called for, Wong Doe is your man. If you buy just one classical CD this year, make it Landscape Preludes." - William Dart, The Herald


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Alexis French
Dr Dog

Jazz trumpet player and composer Alexis French makes his Rattle debut with THE CUT, an album of originals featuring a tight ensemble of some of the best young jazz talent in Canada. Featuring David Bellemare (saxophone), Nicolas Ferron (guitar), Nicolas Bedard (bass) and Mark Nelson (drums).

Dog is an Auckland quartet featuring four of New Zealand's most highly regarded jazz musicians and composers. DOG, their superb first album, marks their Rattle debut. The music is fresh and vibrant, composed and performed by four outstanding, highly disciplined artists who live and breathe jazz – and it shows. Featuring Roger Manins (sax), Kevin Field (piano), Ron Samsom (drums) and Olivier Holland (bass), these guys are barkingly good! Bone appetite! Ruff ruff!


Jonathan Crayford

Jonathan Crayford marks his Rattle debut with the exceptional DARK LIGHT. Recorded at Systems Two in New York City by Mike Marciano, the album features Ben Street on bass and Dan Weiss on drums, two of the most remarkable (and highly in demand) of the new generation of New York jazz musicians.

yeahyeahabsolutelynoway! is an Adelaide-­‐based jazz trio comprised of two guitars and drums. The group write and perform contemporary jazz that is firmly and affectionately rooted in 70's fusion. Their genre-­‐bending style brings together elements from the jazz tradition with tinges of rock and smatterings of ambient loveliness, weaving composition and improvisation in a unique and imaginative way, creating original music that can be both subtle and explosive.



Taran Singh's Free Jazz Hour regularly features tracks from Rattle albums.
Check out this excellent music site here.

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NAGA: New Music for Gamelan
Gamelan Padhang Moncar
& Gamelan Taniwha Jaya
Rob Thorne

"NAGA is a collection of outstandingly imaginative pieces, performed with impressive skill and panache by our two gamelan ensembles" says album producer Jack Body. Rattle is proud to present this unique music as part of our ongoing collection of contemporary art music from Aotearoa.

"Those who have immersed themselves in traditional gamelan music and drifted off in its crisscross rhythms and melodies, this collection will frequently shake you out of that reverie. It is risky, fun in places, thoughtful in others, and yet still offers that escape into a meditative state sometimes. Quite a project, quite a collection."
Graham Reid, Elsewhere

"What a stellar start to 2014 for Rattle. The five star soundtracks White Lies (John Psathas) and Beyond The Edge (David Long) have made it to CD, the Brad Dutz Quartet’s Peripheral Hearing is an unlikely ensemble combination that adds depth to the label’s extensive catalogue, and now Rob Thorne adds his voice to a growing list of ethnomusicologists working with the sounds of traditional Maori instruments on his Rattle debut, WHAIA TE MARAMATANGA.

Astonishing as these three spacious, beautifully textured, almost ritualistic pieces are, Whaia Te Maramatanga, Whakawhiti and Pursue Enlightenment have been created using only various wind and percussion instruments and the whirling purerehua. What Jorge Reyes did for Mexican culture with pre-Hispanic instruments, Thorne is doing for tangata whenua – calling up their ancestors."

Mike Alexander, Sunday Star Times, 5-stars


The Jac
Brad Dutz Quartet

Formed in late 2010, The Jac started out as a rehearsal band for students and tutors at the NZSM jazz school in Wellington, transcribing and performing charts by New York and San Francisco composers. Before long they began writing and performing their own music, and Nerve is the result, a suite of intelligent, dynamic compositions for jazz octet.
Read Gary Steel's album here.

Oboe and cello are rarely associated with jazz, a form that allows relatively more freedom than is usually found within classical forms. Consequently, no other group sounds quite like the Brad Dutz Quartet, which over four albums has created a body of music that is challenging, at times difficult, but always fun. Peripheral Hearing is no exception, a richly rewarding album of 21st-century music.


John Psathas
David Long

This new work from John Psathas (written for the film by Dana Rotberg) is a single 28-minute piece for piano, taonga puoro and strings featuring Emma Sayers and Richard Nunns. “John brought an exquisite emotional understanding not only of the film and its characters, but of the two cultural sources that feed our drama,” says Dana. “He was wise enough to allow the space of the Māori traditional sounds to tell their story, then hand over when it was needed to the Pākehā cultural territory of music, which he did with discretion, respect, and amazing talent.”

The music on Beyond the Edge was written for a new documentary feature by Leanne Pooley, a film that charts Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s 1953 ascent of Everest. David’s score is rich in texture and timbre, a skilful combination of instruments, including gongs, taonga puoro and feedback. Ewan Clarke's vivid orchestration is conducted by Hamish McKeich.


Nick Granville Group
Samsom Nacey Haines

Wellington-based guitarist/composer Nick Granville makes his Rattle debut with Refractions, a set of self-penned gems that give the Auckland dream-team of Roger Manins, Oli Holland and Rom Samsom ample scope to shine.

Singled out by music critics as one of the best jazz albums of 2013, Cross Now, the second Rattle release from Samsom Nacey Haines, is a strikingly original album from one of New Zealand's finest ensembles.


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Tim Hopkins

The Troubles

Giannouli & Chagas

Broadcast throughout Europe and the USA, Taran's Free Jazz Hour (hosted by jazz aficionado, Taran Singh) recently spotlighted three Rattle albums, Seven by Tim Hopkins, The Troubles by The Troubles, and Forest Stories by Tania Giannouli & Paulo Chagas. Taran seeks out new jazz from all corners of the world, and his show is popular with serious jazz enthusiasts.

To listen to Taran's Free Jazz Hour, click here.




Two of the three finalists for Best Jazz Album at the 2014 Tui New Zealand Jazz Awards were from the Rattle Jazz Series. Phil Broadhurst's Flaubert's Dance and Reuben Bradley's Mantis have had excellent critical reviews and responses from jazz fans, and we couldn't be happier that they have received this well deserved recognition.


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The Music of Rattle

We celebrate 21 years as NZ’s foremost art-music label with this 91-minute compilation. Each of the 24 carefully curated pieces showcase the work of our many composers and performers. Best of all, the CD is free to registered users.

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