The Chris Mason-Battley Group, one of New Zealand’s most successful jazz ensembles, teamed up with the leading exponent of traditional Maori instruments, Richard Nunns, to create an album that could only be made in Aotearoa.

Two Tides brings together two distinct musical sensibilities and explores their similarities and differences through improvisation. Maori instrumentation and European jazz forge new paths within the evolving musical landscape of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Richard Nunns (taonga puoro)
Chris Mason-Battley (saxophone, IWI)
David Line (keyboards)
Graeme Webb (guitars)
Sam Giles (bass)
Steve Garden (drums)

Produced by the Chris Mason-Battley Group and Steve Garden
Engineered by Steve Garden
Cover design by Tim Gummer

Released: 17 February 2006
Catalogue: RAT-D012

Neither genre-crossing nor genre-making, this is unlike any album I’ve heard. There’s a deep beauty here, haunting and dark. The group perform with a rare sensitivity and concentration, and the disc is imbued with a timelessness and restrained intensity not found elsewhere. Another musical treasure from Rattle.