A Man for All Seasons. Since Naxos Jazz released its first discs, one name continually pops up both as a performer, producer and executive producer: New Zealander Mike Nock. Nock has already performed on two Naxos Jazz discs: The angular Mike Nock Trio Not We But One (86006-2) and the rollicking New York Jazz Collective’s I don’t Know This World Without Don Cherry (86003-2). He has acted as producer or executive producer on a large number of the current Naxos Jazz releases. In short, he is all over Naxos Jazz's map.
Ozboppin'. Mr. Nock's latest endeavor is a spirited Post Bop/Avant-garde collection of originals and one standard (Ellington's "Come Sunday"). The disc's opener and title cut is a collage of solo, duo, trio and full ensemble playing. It is kind of a compressed history of Jazz in 5:11. There is a little Bebop, Hard Bop, Free Jazz, Post Bop and beyond. What a great piece. It carries on with such a harried momentum that the listener wonders when it will lose its centrifugal force and spin off into parts unknown. But Nock keeps it all together for an exciting ride. A jazz "Short Ride in a Fast Machine for Orchestra".