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The Duende

by Kim Paterson

A contemporary Jazz album (with Latin influences) by NZ Jazz Icon Kim Paterson featuring Mike Nock, Miguel Fuentes, Nathan Haines etc..
Genre: Jazz: Hard Bop
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1. 5th House
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2. Time
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3. Sheriar's Dream
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4. Nick's Groove
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5. To You With Love
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6. Headspace
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7. Besame Mucho
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8. Daaman
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9. Cartharsis
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Spiritual sounds from New Zealand trumpeter Kim Paterson – a player best known for work in the Mike Nock group – stepping out here with a widely expansive vision as a leader! Paterson's got plenty of help here – a large, shifting lineup that really makes for a well-crafted batch of tracks – often handled in a mode that offers a core sense of soul with some freer, modern elements – a bit like some of our favorite work on the New York scene of late, with similar spiritual leanings at the root of the sound – even though the overall execution might be a bit more straight ahead. Paterson gets a lead trumpet solo on every track – and other instrumentation includes keyboard, soprano sax, tenor, guitar, piano, and even a bit of strings – on titles that include "Catharsis", "5th House", "Nick's Groove", "To You With Love", "Sheriar's Dream", "Daaman", and "Time". © 1996-2012, Dusty Groove, Inc.


Auckland trumpeter Kim Paterson has been around for perhaps as long as most jazz listeners can recall but has been poorly represented on albums under his own name. In fact I'm scratching to think of even one . . . although he was on albums by such important groups as Dr Tree, Space Case and Jazzmobile of which he was a key member, and more recently has appeared alongside Gianmarco Liguori and Murray McNabb as they explore the periphery of improvised music and space rock.

Paterson is at home in all these worlds, and has the respect of his musical peers across the generations. Witness who is on this nine track, exploratory album which reaches across post-bop, Brazilian and standards and into pure studio improviation. Here are Mike Nock, Nathan Haines, Migeul Funetes, Kevin Field, McNabb, Olivier Holland, Jonathan Zwartz . . .

That is, if nothing else, a generational spread from a new one coming through, Haines who has almost assumed mid-generation status now and to those closer to Paterson's age.

The music here is also equally broad in reach from a sublime treatment of Ritchie Powell's ballad Time (which Paterson generously hands over to Nock for a gently deconstructing solo after his own a languid exploration) to a vibrant and gently bustling Sheriar's Dream which follows where Roy Venkataramen's guitar comes in with sharp laser accuracy after Paterson's warm flugel tone and Haines flittering soprano.

The studio improv Headspace with Nock, bassist Zwartz and drummer Nick McBride reveals itself slowly and stretches itself steadily into a fast walking pace for Nock's solo before pulling back gently.

The standout is Paterson's original Daaman (which he notes he wrote a long time ago) as a lament for talent taken too soon. With Nock sensitively discreet, Paterson on trumpet and Haines on tenor get to the soul of the mood without resorting to sentimentality. It is the kind of piece best played in maturity when those losses seem greater and require more consideration.

Paterson and friends may have taken a while to get this album out under his name -- sessions seem to have been scattered over years and locations -- but it has been worth the wait. He's promising another soon. Let's hope so.

Like the sound of this? Then there is plenty more jazz of all persuasions at Elsewhere starting here.

By Graham Reid, posted Aug 1, 2012


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Excellent and well balanced offering from Kim Paterson
Kim Paterson, a New Zealander, has been a professional musician since the 1960s and has now become an almost a legendary figure in New Zealand and Australian jazz circles. Over the last fifty or so years he has worked with such well known musicians as Mike Nock, Billy Harper, Alan Broadbent, Bernie McGann, Bobby Shew, Brian Smith, Russ Garcia, Ritchie Cole, Murray McNabb, Frank Gibson Jnr., Dave McRae and many other New Zealand based and international artists. Paterson's ongoing musical relationship with pianist Mike Nock (who led the ground breaking U.S. based fusion group “The Fourth Way” in the late 1960s and early 1970s) continues on this excellent and completely satisfying album, which consists of five originals by Paterson, a joint composition by Paterson and Nock, and is rounded out by three compositions by John Coltrane, Richie Powell and Consuelo Velazquez.

Paterson's trumpet and flugelhorn work here is sublime, as are Nock's sensitive and highly creative keyboard contributions. Although the total number of musicians involved is seventeen and the line ups vary over the nine selections on the CD, all concerned perform at a very high level, with stand out contributions coming from Paterson, Nock, Nathan Haines (saxophones), Kevin Field (piano), Roy Venkataramen (guitar) and Murray McNabb (string arrangements). Paterson, who is also a fine drummer and percussionist, overdubs drums onto his composition “Daaman”.

This album is a worthy successor to Paterson's equally impressive 1997 album, “Impending Journey” on Tap Records, which, regrettably, would appear to be no longer available.

“The Duende” is definitely a five star “keeper”!