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Delayed Reaction

Delayed Reaction

Phil Broadhurst

Best Jazz Album finalist - 2011 NZ Music Awards
 
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Phil Broadhurst (piano)
Roger Manins (saxophone)
Olivier Holland (bass)
Alain Koetsier (drums)
Julie Mason (vocals)
Mike Booth (trumpet)

 

Phil Broadhurst is one of New Zealand’s finest jazz pianists and composers. Delayed Reaction was inspired by (and is a tribute to) the life and work of French jazz maestro, Michel Petrucciani (whose compositions feature on the album).  For the last seven years (since the release of The Road Home), Phil Broadhurst has been studying the music of the great pianist, and this long awaited new CD is the result of his intensive study. The album features five Broadhurst compositions inspired by Petrucciani, and five pieces penned by Petrucciani that Phil and his superb quartet have given new treatments to.

 

Joining Phil are the three regular members of his quartet and two guests. In the frontline, Roger Manins is one of NZ’s finest saxophonists. He first sat in with Phil’s trio at Auckland’s London Bar when he was a young teenager. He was already an exciting and inventive player before he left NZ for spells in Sydney and New York. Resident again in Auckland, he is now setting an example to the next generation with his huge talent. Olivier Holland has become a leading player on the local scene. His rich tone and empathy for the music can be heard on every track of this album. His unison lines blend beautifully with the piano on Guadeloupe, and his ballad playing is exceptional on Matai Bay. Already a highly-skilled and experienced performer, Alain Koetsier is the youngest member of the band, first coming to notice as a top-flight drummer when still a student at Massey University. Alain’s technique and imagination are an invaluable asset to the quartet, particularly apparent in his contributions to the codas on Edward and Orange. Julie Mason is one of NZ’s leading jazz singers and educators, and Mike Booth’s return from Holland has boosted the small pool of great NZ trumpeters immeasurably.

“Phil’s Delayed Reaction is the deepest, most sincere, most meaningful form of tribute that one musician can pay another. Petrucciani’s life-affirming spirit is unmistakably present here, but so too is Phil’s personal understanding of Petrucciani’s music and the new directions derived from it, which is surely the way Petrucciani would have wanted it.”

Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

 

To hear Colette Jansen talk to the three finalists of the 2012 Tui Award for Best Jazz Album (Phil Broadhurst, Tim Hopkins & Roger Fox), click the following link.


IA-1001 (September, 2011)

This recording was made possible with the support of the New Zealand School of Music

Delayed Reaction
Phil Broadhurst

Recorded in Auckland, April 30 and May 1, 2011 by Steve Garden
Mixed and mastered by Steve Garden at the Garden Shed, Auckland
Produced by Phil Broadhurst and Steve Garden 
Design: UnkleFranc

  Brazilian Like (4:40)
  Delayed Reaction (6:38)
  Guadeloupe (7:30)
  Orange (6:01)
  Matai Bay (8:53)
  Pat (8:01)
  Looking Up (3:44)
  La Champagne (4:35)
  Edward (5:53)
  One Night in the Hotel (2:51)

  Total playing time  (58:50)

 



Review of Delayed Reaction by Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz, August 2012

For several decades now, pianist Phil Broadhurst has been one of New Zealand's most essential jazz musicians. In addition to his active performance schedule, he is head of the Jazz Studies department at the New Zealand School of Music in Auckland, he hosts a weekly nationwide broadcast called "The Art of Jazz," and he is co-author of Kiwi Real Books: Vol. 1 & 2, a collection of several hundred jazz compositions by New Zealand composers. Broadhurst has won New Zealand's Jazz Record of the Year award three times, and in 2000 he was the first jazz musician to be honored as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).

Yet despite his many achievements, Broadhurst is not content to rest on his laurels, which is perhaps the key to his continued growth as a musician. In 2007 he completed his master's thesis, which explores the life and work of the great French pianist Michel Petrucciani (1962-1999). Delayed Reaction is a direct result of Broadhurst's in-depth studies, a pleasing blend of five Petrucciani compositions along with five songs by Broadhurst that were inspired by Petrucciani's writing and playing.

The CD starts off with a bang with Petrucciani's classic "Brazilian Swing." Broadhurst's arrangement adds a new introduction and coda, and the quartet swings the song to life with verve and style. Broadhurst has a beautiful sparkle to his playing, with an approach to the keys that manages to be both strong and light, and he blends wonderfully with Roger Manins, who plays sax with a rich, personal tone. Broadhurst has fun with Petrucciani's "Looking Up," which he has rearranged as a New Orleans boogaloo, and the Petrucciani composition "La Champagne" is enhanced by lyrics composed and performed by Julie Mason, one of the most noteworthy singers on the New Zealand scene. Mason has a pure, lovely voice, and she delivers the song with just the right touch of melancholy.

Broadhurst's tune "Orange" has a pretty, sprightly melody, and includes a fine bass solo by Olivier Holland, and "Delayed Reaction" is a sensitive meditation on hesitation, with a heartfelt sax solo by Manins. Broadhurst's "Edward" is a double tribute, a samba that honors Pettruciani's Duke Ellington album Promenade with Duke (Blue Note, 1993). The tune has fantastic energy and rhythm, including a cooking drum solo by Alain Koetsier, and provides a further example of this group's versatility and first-rate swing.

Delayed Reaction is a highly enjoyable blend of homage and inspiration. Petrucciani is audible throughout, both in his compositions and his spirit, but Broadhurst is present as well, using his love for Petrucciani's music as a springboard for his own artistic imperative. And the fact that a musician from New Zealand could be so inspired by a musician from France is just further testament to the global language of jazz, which crosses international boundaries with enviable ease.