Mike Nock

Changing Seasons

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On his first release for the Japanese DIW label, Australian pianist and composer Mike Nock, along with Toby Hall on drums and Brett Hirst on bass, tread lightly on this introspective, universal theme of the changing seasons. Nock contributes four originals alongside shared credits with Hall and Hirst on "Communion," "Gravity Adjustment," "Changing Seasons 'Spring to Summer'," and "Changing Seasons 'Winter to Spring'." Nock's choice of cover material -- including Wayne Shorter's classic from his days with the Miles Davis Quintet, "E.S.P."; Richie Powell's "Time"; and the traditional "Black Is the Color" -- fit the overall hazy mood of the disc perfectly. For further investigation of previous Nock releases, check out his discs on the Naxos label.

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