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The delicately voiced ostinato that opens this New Zealand jazz pianist’s memorable 1981 album borrows a bit from both Philip Glass' tonal palette and Bill Evans' restraint. Those two influences perfectly situate the set within ECM’s stark-but-gorgeous roster, though the rhythm section’s engagement with the pristine chill of Nock's piano is what makes Ondas so distinguished. Bassist Eddie Gómez’s approach—full of subtle bent notes and speedy, feather-light runs—provides the pianist/composer with a sophisticated foil. And drummer Jon Christensen knows just when to propel and when to provide softer accompaniment.

Biography

Born: 27 September 1940 in Christchurch, New Zealand

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Mike Nock has long been one of the top modern jazz keyboardists to emerge from his part of the world. Nock began taking piano lessons from his father when he was 11. He began gigging four years later and at 18 moved to Australia. After heading a trio that toured England in 1961, Nock went to the U.S. to attend the Berklee College of Music. After a year he dropped out of school to be the house pianist at a Boston club and had opportunities to work with Coleman Hawkins, Pee Wee Russell, Phil Woods,...
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Ondas, Mike Nock
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  • £9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: Nov 1981

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