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This year the Tui Jazz Awards was an all Rattle affair, and it gives us great pleasure to announce that the 2015 Best Jazz Album went to Dog, by any standard an exceptional work. Well done guys!

To celebrate our success at the Jazz Awards, we’re discounting the entire Rattle Jazz catalogue by 20% from now until the end of Music Month, Sunday May 31. Simply add your albums or downloads to cart then type MAY into the coupon box at checkout to activate the discount.

 

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PANACEA
Phil Broadhurst Quintet
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CTHULHU RISING
Reuben Bradley

The tracks on Panacea, the third instalment of what Phil Broadhurst loosely regards as his 'Dedication Trilogy' (following Delayed Reaction and Flaubert's Dance), are largely informed by the often-unconscious influences that form the building blocks of a composition. Phil says that these derive not only from the jazz landscape explored in his radio programme The Art of Jazz, but also from experiences arising from playing and teaching. Release scheduled for Spring.

Dark and mystical, the nightmarish stories of H. P. Lovecraft are brought to life on Tui Award-winning Reuben Bradley’s latest album, Cthulhu Rising, one of the most intelligent, musically rigorous releases of the Rattle Jazz Series to date. Literature and jazz enthusiasts will delight in this veritable Lovecraft ‘soundtrack’, featuring two-time Grammy-nominated American pianist, Taylor Eigsti, and the equally exceptional New Zealand-born bass player, Matt Penman. The album will be released on June 7 at Old St Paul's Church in Wellington, 8pm. $25 door, pre-sales through eventfinder.co.nz

 



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BETWEEN DARKNESS AND LIGHT
Jenny Wollerman and Michael Houstoun
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PASSING BY
Jack Body

 
LIGHTBOX
NZTrio
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TRANSCENDENCE
Tania Giannouli Ensemble

Featuring two of our finest classical artists, Jenny Wollerman (soprano) and Michael Houstoun (piano), Between Darkness and Light is a celebration of 19th and 20th century art-song, with works by Debussy, Fauré, Barber, Straus, Previn, Prokofiev, Dring, Williams, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Hahn, and Brahms. The recording is lovely, the music is gorgeous, and the performances are sublime – perfect for Mother's Day! 

Passing By is a double disc set of chamber works by one of our most revered and cherished composers, the inimitable Jack Body. With new recordings from NZTrio and Stephen De Pledge, and recent recordings from Kronos Quartet, Del Sol Quartet, Stroma New Music Ensemble, New Music Works Ensemble, David Radzynski, and Ensemble Nomad, Passing By is a testament to the career of one of New Zealand’s most inspired (and inspiring) composers.

For their third release on Rattle, following their previous Best Classical Album nominations, Bright Tide Moving Between (2008) and Flourishes (2011), NZTrio’s Lightbox is an album of contemporary new music for piano trio. Taking its title from Karlo Magetic’s Sounz Contemporary award-winner, this exceptional album features compositions from some of the finest New Zealand composers of the current generation, with works from Claire Cowan, Rachel Clement, Alex Taylor, Samuel Holloway, Gao Ping, and Chris Gendall. NZTrio are one of our leading contemporary music ensembles, and they just keep getting better. Simply put, this new album is an absolute stunner.

Greek pianist/composer Tania Giannouli follows her Rattle debut, Forest Stories (with Paulo Chagas, 2011) with a recording from the newly formed Tania Giannouli Ensemble. Featuring Alexandros Botinis on cello, Solis Barki on percussion, Guido de Flaviis on saxophones, and influences as diverse as contemporary classical, Greek folk music, modern jazz, world music and the European avant-garde, Transcendence is an intoxicating, musically literate tour-de-force. These beautifully balanced compositions are performed with great rigour, lyricism and passion, but above all they are strikingly honest and personal. Transcendence will be released in New Zealand at the end of May.

 



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BEETHOVEN PIANO SONATAS
Michael Houstoun
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LANDSCAPE PRELUDES
Henry Wong Doe

"Michael Houstoun's monumental 14-CD boxed set of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas stands as one of the most important cultural events of our time. Michael 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.

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.

 

 
MACHAUT MAN AND A SUPERMAN HAT
Dave Lisik
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Hip Flask

Recorded with some of New York's greatest jazz musicians, Dave Lisik's Machaut Man and a Superman Hat is contemporary jazz at its most assured. This masterful album is exceptional on every level, a strong, fully focused statement from one of Rattle's finest contemporary artists.


In December 2013, Roger Manins took the original Hip Flask ensemble into the studio, more than a decade after they recorded their first album together. The result is 2, a vibrant set of self-penned blues-based compositions driven by killer-grooves and an unapologetic love melody. This double CD release features both Hip Flask albums.

 


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