Musician, composer, arranger, teacher, and respected pioneer within the New Zealand jazz community, Jim Langabeer releases is his very first album on Rattle, and judging by the quality of Secret Islands, it’s not before time!
“Two things immediately come to mind with this exceptional, challenging and rewarding album: Given his manifest talent that he has gifted to other’s albums, why has Jim Langabeer's name never appeared as a leader on New Zealand albums? Those with a ear to the long history of jazz may hear references to the construction of pieces by famous saxophone quartets or the stately elegance of Ellington, the free jazz of America in the early Seventies, eerie soundtracks, Maori waiata and so much more.” — Graham Reid, Elsewhere
Jim Langabeer (tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute, putorino), Roger Manins (alto saxophone), Neil Watson (guitars, pedal steel), Rosie Langabeer (piano, Fender Rhodes, organ), Eamon Edmundson-Welles (bass), Chris O’Connor (drums)
Produced by Jim Langabeer, Rosie Langabeer, and Steve Garden ,engineered by Steve Garden with assistance from John Kim, designed by UnkleFranc
Released: 12 July 2017