Sneaking Out After Midnight

Sneaking Out After Midnight

Mark Lockett

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Mark Lockett (drums)
Joel Frahm (saxophone)
Orlando Le Fleming (doublebass)

The concept behind the original compositions on Mark Lockett’s Sneaking Out After Midnight was largely inspired by his love for the wonderful music of American alto saxophonist and 'giant of jazz', Ornette Coleman, particularly the music he created with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell. Mark has also drawn upon his extensive time spent studying with a younger and, some might say, more modern New York heavyweight, Ari Hoenig. The fusion of these two influences led Mark to write a series of themes and melodies that became the basis of this album. Joel Frahm and Orlando Le Fleming brought the music to life, producing a fresh, joyful, and thoroughly modern sound, a successful merging of the unique character of jazz from ‘down-under’ with the esteemed rigour and pedigree of New York edge.

"Drummer/composer Mark Lockett shines in his new trio recording, featuring two young New York heavies playing his originals together with a couple of lesser known standards." – Mike Nock, March 2012


RAT-J-1011 (April, 2012)

Sneaking Out After Midnight
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Loose Motion  (Mark Lockett)  6:09
Disingenuous  (Mark Lockett)  5:18
Now’s Not the Time  (Mark Lockett)  3:40 
Crew Cut  (Mark Lockett)  5:27
For Heaven’s Sake  (Elise Bretton, Don Meyer, Sherman Edwards)  5:24
Mr. Pickles  (Mark Lockett)  6:34
Good Day for a Dog  (Mark Lockett)  6:33
Don’t Take the G Train  (Ari Hoenig)  7:12
Sneaking Out After Midnight  (Mark Lockett)  6:54 
Tennis Elbow  (Mark Lockett)  5:45

Produced by Mark Lockett
Recorded by Michael Brorby at Acoustic Recording Studios, Brooklyn NYC on Tuesday 16 August 2011
Mastered by Michael MacDonald at Algo Rhythms Mastering Studios, Brooklyn NYC January 2012
Photos by Veronica Hodgkinson
Design by UnkleFranc


Mark Lockett 

Mark Lockett is a talented drummer and educator who performs regularly with many of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians. Some of the regular guest artists to perform with his bands (Mark Lockett Trio and Mark Lockett and friends) include Michelle Nicole, Emma Gilmartin, Alison Wedding, Geoff Hughes, Tim Stevens, Mark Fitzgibbon and Jamie Oehlers (winner of the 2003 Montreux Jazz festival saxophone competition).

Mark graduated from Massey University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz performance. Mark has studied drums with international performers and educators, such as Joe Morello, Ari Hoenig, John Riley, Jim Black, Henry Cole, Graham Morgan, Andrew Gander and Roger Sellers.

Mark is the author of a drum method book called Drum Recipe. In 2004 he released his debut CD About Time (Move Records), and features special arrangements by Jordan Murray and Eugene Ball. Musicians include Mark Fitzgibbon, Jordan Murray, Jamie Oehlers, Paul Van Ross and Alison Wedding.

Early in 2005 Mark released his second album, a joint project with saxophonist and musical collaborator Paul Van Ross titled, Mark Lockett + Paul Van Ross live at Spleen. A series of regular weekly gigs were recorded at Spleen Bar and the highlights were released on New Market Records.

His second quintet album, Now and Then, was released on Move Records in 2009.

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Mark now resides in Melbourne, Australia.

Joel Frahm

Born in Racine, WI in 1969, Joel Frahm attended the Mason Gross School for the Arts and earned his B.A. in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music. He released three highly regarded CDs on Palmetto: The Navigator, Don't Explain (with Brad Mehldau), and Sorry No Decaf.  Don’t Explain was the number one jazz release for radio play in the United States for two consecutive weeks in 2004, and also reached number one on college radio for one week. Joel was also recently selected as a Rising Star in the category of tenor saxophone in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll.


Orlando Le Fleming

Orlando le Fleming was born in Birmingham, England on July 7, 1976. Both of his parents are professional musicians; his mother a cellist and his father a composer.

After receiving a place at London's Royal Academy of Music, Orlando quickly established himself as one of the UK's most prominent bass players, touring and recording with Jason Rebello, Julian Joseph, Iain Ballamy, Tommy Smith, Jean Toussaint and Guy Barker. With the advantage of being based in Europe, Orlando was also in demand to perform and tour with visiting U.S. musicians such as Bill Charlap, Art Farmer, George Coleman, Dave Liebman, Joey Calderazzo and Branford Marsalis.

Orlando moved to New York in 2003 and became a member of Jane Monheit’s band, a stint that lasted for three years. He also toured and recorded with Billy Cobham’s The Art of Five project, and was featured on Jimmy Cobb’s Marsalis Music Honors. Recently Orlando has toured and recorded with Seamus Blake, Ari Hoenig, Will Vinson, Lage Lund, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and is currently a member of the David Sanchez quartet. His debut album as a leader, From Brooklyn With Love (2010) showcases his exceptional talent as a composer, and features Antonio Sanchez on drums.




Loose Motion
This tune was inspired by my love for Ornette Coleman’s music, particularly his Trio and Quartet recordings. I dedicate this tune to the late great Jazz legend, Paul Motian.

Over the years I have met some interesting and colourful characters in the music business, and this track reflects my impressions of one particular jazz club owner.

Now’s Not the Time
This piece was inspired by Australian saxophonist, Zac Hurren, and the wonderful compositions on his Trio Album, Exordium.

Crew Cut
I had a fascination with shaving my head for a while - I love that feeling.

For Heaven’s Sake
When we got to the end of the session, the engineer said ‘sounds great guys, but I think you need a ballad’. This was a tune Joel and Orlando were very fond of, and we think it makes a nice addition to the album.

Mr Pickles
Mr Pickles the name we gave to a cat down the street from us who attacked our neighbour.

Good Day for a Dog
I was on the way back from NYC (where I had been studying 5 note groupings with Ari Hoenig), and while stopping over in San Francisco I met a hot-dog vender who’s sales pitch was ‘it’s a good day for a dog’.

Don’t Take the G Train
My teacher Ari is a master at playing melodies on drums, so I thought it fitting to record one of his tunes. I’m fascinated by the fact that the G train in NYC doesn’t go anywhere anyone wants to go.

Sneaking Out After Midnight
The title of this track refers to a night when I was staying at my parents place in Wellington. It was raining heavily and I promised my mate Reuben that I would check out his gig. I waited til all the lights were out then made my move and headed into town.

Tennis Elbow
I wrote this tune at a time when I was doing a lot of practice. I was on tour in Japan and going crazy on a practice pad one day - that was the beginning of my tennis elbow.

Mark Lockett, 2012



Review by Gary Steel, Metro Magazine 2012

Wellington-born, Melbourne-based Mark Lockett teams up with New York players Joel Frahm (sax) and Orlando Le Fleming (acoustic bass) for this quite astonishing session, recorded in just one day. In contrast to the cliched smoky mannerisms of so much cool-school Miles Davis-influenced jazz, Sneaking Out After Midnight captures a kind of taut, bare-wires post-bebop that’s unfettered and uncompromised.

Lockett (whose compositions make up all but two of the 10 tracks) brandishes astonishing control of his drum kit, a master of understatement, while the exceptional engineering captures the whole fruity range of Fleming’s bass and the throaty rasp of Frahm’s sax, which inevitably carries the tunes. It can sound austere, but that’s with good reason, because it makes you listen with fresh ears to both the instruments themselves and the connoisseur’s art of serious jazz guys making music just because.