Mike Nock, Hamish Stuart, Julien Wilson and Jonathan Zwartz are celebrating the launch of their new album This World with performances across Australia's east coast this February.
They'll be playing in Bellingen at Cedar Bar & Kitchen on Wednesday February 26 - tickets are $25 and only available at the venue. Bookings essential - call 6655 1001.
Hailed by Rhythms Magazine as "sublime" This World's sound is quintessentially Australian, showcasing the quartet's exceptional musicianship and articulating the struggle, strength and sense of hope faced in life each day.
Each member has contributed compositions for the nine-track album, which was recorded in pristine high definition stereo at Sony Studios by Ross A'Hearn.
Individually the quartet has worked with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world, including Coleman Hawkins, Pharoah Sanders, Hugh Masekala, Yusef Lateef, Hermeto Pascoal and Charlie Haden. Combined the ensemble has been awarded almost every Australian accolade and has released a plethora of critically acclaimed albums under their own names.
The stellar rhythm section brings together ARIA Award-winning bassist Jonathan Zwartz and legendary jazz drummer Hamish Stuart, whose musical partnership spans more than three decades. Bell Hall of Fame Inductee and Don Banks Award recipient pianist Mike Nock (OMNZ) and National Jazz Award winning saxophonist Julien Wilson complete the quartet.
Having worked together in various formats over many years, their shared history and personal connection can be felt throughout the album.