“One gets a feeling there’s a parallel between the bold Manins sound and the rationale behind this album. If you’re being heard for the first time, make an impact.An ominous signal for the jazz world.”
The groups he has performed with during the last few years include: James Morrison Sextet, The Mike Nock Quintet and Big Small Band (BSB), James Muller, Manhattan Transfer, Bernie McGann Quartet, Carolina Moon Jazz Group, The Paul Dyne Group, Bruce Brown Quartet, Michele Benebig (New Caledonia) and the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra.
Originally recorded in 2001, Ode Records have decided to re-issue Hip Flask, calling it "one of the coolest New Zealand jazz albums of the decade." An accolade absolutely deserved.