The gristle of knuckles

The gristle of knuckles

Eve de Castro-Robinson




Eve de Castro-Robinson

Nathan Haines 
Ron Samsom
Kingsley Melhuish
Don McGlashan
Delaney Davidson
Mere Boynton
Kevin Feild
Callum Passells
Ashely Brown
Eve de Castro-Robinson
Steve Garden

Release date: Sunday February 25, 7:30pm at LOT 23 — $25, all welcome


This album is a sideways manoeuvre for me. My previous recordings are faithful renditions of meticulously scored works, but this one is an entirely different beast. Sitting at my 60th birthday concert listening to Callum Passells’s coruscating take on Countercurrents and Ashley Brown’s thrillingly reworking of Tumbling Strains, I immediately felt a collaborative album of reimagined versions of my music coming on. The title for the album leapt out from a page of jazz poetry, the gristle of knuckles by Kyle Dargan, and soon after Steve Garden and I got to work.

Eve de Castro-Robinson, November 2017


Produced by Eve de Castro-Robinson and Steve Garden
Recorded by John Kim at the Kenneth Myers Centre, University of Auckland
Mixed and mastered by Steve Garden
Design by UnkleFranc
Printing by Studio Q




Eve de Castro-Robinson and Rattle Records extend their most grateful thanks to Creative New Zealand and University of Auckland for their generous support of this project. Special thanks to all of the contributors for their remarkably open attitude and inspired artistry. This album is dedicated to all of you.






01 Doggerel
Nathan Haines (alto flute, C flute, bansuri)


02 ConunDRUMs 
Ron Samsom (drum kit, cymbals, percussion)
Kingsley Melhuish (hue puruhau, pumoano, tuba)


03 The long dream of waking
Don McGlashan (voice, guitars, horns, keyborads, percussion)  


04 Trouble, trouble mind
Delaney Davidson (voice, guitars, and various other instruments) 


05 Hau
Mere Boynton (voice, glass)


06 small blue
Ron Samsom (cajon)
Kevin Field (piano)


07 Passion Flower
Kevin Field (piano) 


08 Countercurrents
Callum Passells (saxophone) 


09 Stumbling trains
Ashley Brown (cello, treatments)


10 Key rings
Eve de Castro-Robinson (toy piano, kalimba, chiming toy, music box)
Steve Garden (chiming toy, arrangement)


All compositions © Eve de Castro-Robinson 2017, except Stumbling Trains by Eve de Castro-Robinson and Ashley Brown © 2017, and Key rings by Eve de Castro-Robinson and Steve Garden © 2017