Kindred | Mike Nock and Laurenz Pike

Kindred | Mike Nock and Laurenz PikeTwo generations of Australian music come together in the music of Mike Nock and Laurence Pike as heard on Kindred the latest release from FWM records. Ethereal, inventive, humorous, and atmospheric: these are postcards from a shared journey between two distinct voices in Australian music.

Kindred documents some of Nock’s most vital and inventive playing to date, delicately underpinned by Pike’s singular approach to the drum kit.

Reviews of Kindred

John Kelman on

‘These 2011 sessions were conceived as music-making without a safety net, and it’s clear that Nock and Pike—separated by nearly 40 years—didn’t need one.’

Read the full review by John Kelman at (US)

John McBeath in The Australian

Kindred (Mike Nock & Laurenz Pike)
John McBeath, The Australian, September 1 2012

In a multifarious and highly celebrated career spanning more than 50 years, ex-Kiwi, now Sydney-based pianist, composer, mentor and bandleader Mike Nock has appeared on well over 100 recordings.

These have ranged from solo piano, including classical works, to working with many different groups and orchestras.

Nock’s latest album is the slightly unorthodox duo combination of piano and drums, in a totally improvised performance. Laurenz Pike’s drumkit abandons a solely rhythmic responsibility and becomes an instrument for percussive ornamentation and near melodic contributions of accents, conjunctions and punctuation.

It’s a case of a grand old jazz master collaborating with a younger drummer from acclaimed post-rock electronica outfit Triosk, now disbanded.

This collection won’t appeal to everyone — some might prefer a bass to have been included — but the concept is minimalist, allowing maximum tonal freedom, and Nock utilises this independence. The title track is representative of the session as with drum accents the piano paints a musical abstraction of thoughtful, classically referenced passages, pausing for sensitive percussive responses.

At one point the harmonic progression leads quite naturally, if unexpectedly, into quotes from the traditional Irish folk song, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms. Unpredictable variety reigns throughout: All Most Blues uses an altered blues riff to push into new explorations, while Sleepwalking features a dreamy, wandering high treble against deeply murky bass chords and shimmering cymbals.

A dissonant opening chord leads into beautifully flowing expectant sequences in Solstice, establishing a repetitive bass figure to conclude with soft bass drums.

LABEL: FWM/Birdland
RATING: 4 stars

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