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Broadhurst ,PhilDelayed Reaction

Recorded in Auckland, April 30 and May 1, 2011 by Steve Garden
Mixed and mastered by Steve Garden at the Garden Shed, Auckland
Produced by Phil Broadhurst and Steve Garden

Brazilian Like (4:40)
Delayed Reaction (6:38)
Guadeloupe (7:30)
Orange (6:01)
Matai Bay (8:53)
Pat (8:01)
Looking Up (3:44)
La Champagne (4:35)
Edward (5:53)
One Night in the Hotel (2:51)

Phil Broadhurst (piano)
Roger Manins (saxophone)
Olivier Holland (bass)
Alain Koetsier (drums)
Julie Mason (vocals)
Mike Booth (trumpet)

Phil Broadhurst is one of New Zealand’s finest jazz pianists and composers. Delayed Reaction was inspired by (and is a tribute to) the life and work of French jazz maestro, Michel Petrucciani (whose compositions feature on the album).  For the last seven years (since the release of The Road Home), Phil Broadhurst has been studying the music of the great pianist, and this long awaited new CD is the result of his intensive study. The album features five Broadhurst compositions inspired by Petrucciani, and five pieces penned by Petrucciani that Phil and his superb quartet have given new treatments to.

Joining Phil are the three regular members of his quartet and two guests.  In the frontline, Roger Manins is one of NZ’s finest saxophonists.  He first sat in with Phil’s trio at Auckland’s London Bar when he was a young teenager.  He was already an exciting and inventive player before he left NZ for spells in Sydney and New York.  Resident again in Auckland, he is now setting an example to the next generation with his huge talent.  Olivier Holland has become a leading player on the local scene.  His rich tone and empathy for the music can be heard on every track of this album.  His unison lines blend beautifully with the piano on Guadeloupe, and his ballad playing is exceptional on Matai Bay.  Already a highly-skilled and experienced performer, Alain Koetsier is the youngest member of the band, first coming to notice as a top-flight drummer when still a student at Massey University.  Alain’s technique and imagination are an invaluable asset to the quartet, particularly apparent in his contributions to the codas on Edward and Orange.  Julie Mason is one of NZ’s leading jazz singers and educators, and Mike Booth’s return from Holland has boosted the small pool of great NZ trumpeters immeasurably.

“Phil’s Delayed Reaction is the deepest, most sincere, most meaningful form of tribute that one musician can pay another. Petrucciani’s life-affirming spirit is unmistakably present here, but so too is Phil’s personal understanding of Petrucciani’s music and the new directions derived from it, which is surely the way Petrucciani would have wanted it.”

Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

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