Norman Meehan: Modigliani (Ode)

 |   |  <1 min read

Norman Meehan: Birthday
Norman Meehan: Modigliani (Ode)

Pianist/composer Meehan may well be a scholar (he teaches jazz history and composition at the New Zealand School of Music, and is working on a biography of pianist Mike Nock) but there is nothing academic in his approach here.

These angular, spacious compositions can be gutsy and deep or spry and flighty, and with bassist Nick Tipping (from Wellington pianist Charmaine Ford's award-winning band), drummer Reuben Bradley and guitarist Daniel Ryland (from Odessa), they essay orginals which have a soft drift (Voices/Angels where Ryland's warm and fluid tone comes to the fore) or exude a finger-popping cool (Did I Black Out?)

Meehan's previous outing, the excellent The Bells (with a different quintet which included sax and trumpet) has a very worthy successor in this one.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Various artists: Deep in a Dream (Stomp/Rhythmethod)

Various artists: Deep in a Dream (Stomp/Rhythmethod)

At some time in the mid Nineties I spent an afternoon in Melbourne talking with David McComb, the former singer-songwriter with the Triffids then Blackeyed Susans. He was as intelligent as I had... > Read more

Sonny Landreth: From the Reach (Shock)

Sonny Landreth: From the Reach (Shock)

Having once stood in torrential rain and mud up to my boot-tops at a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to watch guitarist Sonny Landreth, I have always felt a strange loyalty to him. I have... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

GUEST REVIEWER SHANI.O takes on Auckland's 2017 Laneway festival

GUEST REVIEWER SHANI.O takes on Auckland's 2017 Laneway festival

Despite the high caliber of both local and international acts gracing the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Auckland on it’s Anniversary Weekend, the true star of the festival was none... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (Universal)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (Universal)

If you were one of the few who didn't buy Amy Winehouse's second album Back to Black on release in 2006 you doubtless picked it up when it came out as an expanded edition a couple of years later.... > Read more