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This year the Tui Awards for Best Jazz Album was an all Rattle affair, and we couldn't be happier. Apart from the fact that all three albums are superb, the clean sweep affirms Rattle's vision for a contemporary jazz series that champions creative excellence. Congratulations to The Jac (Nerve), Dog (Dog), and Jonathan Crayford (Dark Light) for producing the most outstanding New Zealand jazz releases of the year. Great work guys, and very well deserved!

Of course there can only be one winner, so it gives us great pleasure to announce that the 2015 Tui Award for Best Jazz Album went to Dog. By any standard this album is exceptional, and we couldn’t be happier for Roger, Olivier, Kevin and Ron. It goes without saying that the standard of work being procuded by New Zealand composers and musicians is world-class, as anyone who heard the set Dog played on the CJC stage at Tauranga will surely agree. Woof woof chaps!

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 TUI into the coupon box at checkout to activate the discount.

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Jenny Wollerman and Michael Houstoun
Jack Body

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 music is gorgeous, the recording is lovely – perfect for Mother's Day! 

Passing By is a double album 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 consists predominantly of recent commissions. Taking its title from Karlo Magetic’s Sounz Contemporary award-winner, this exceptional album of contemporary new music for piano trio 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. Simply put, they just keep getting better, and 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, and Guido de Flaviis on saxophones, and with 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. This richly textured, beautifully balanced music is performed with great rigour, lyricism and passion, but above all they are strikingly honest and personal.


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Michael Houstoun
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.


Dave Lisik
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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