MIKE NOCK

Post-Fusion Contemporary / Fusion / Post Bop / Third Stream / Big Band • New Zealand
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Mike Nock (born September 27, 1940 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is one of the top modern jazz pianists and keyboardists from his region.

He began studying piano at 11 and by 18 had gigs in Australia. He headed a trio that toured England in 1961 and then attended Berklee College of Music. He was a member of Yusef Lateef's band from 1963 to 1965.

During 1968-70 Nock was involved with fusion, leading the Fourth Way, a pioneer in the idiom. After a few years he became a studio musician in New York (1975-85) and then returned to Australia.

His 1987 album Open Door with drummer Frank Gibson, Jr. was named that year's Best Jazz Album in the New Zealand Music Awards.

He currently lives in New South Wales where he teaches at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney and performs with both his trio and big band. His forthcoming CD
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MIKE NOCK Discography

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MIKE NOCK The Mike Nock Underground ‎: Between Or Beyond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Mike Nock Underground ‎: Between Or Beyond
Fusion 1971
MIKE NOCK Magic Mansions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Mansions
Fusion 1977
MIKE NOCK In Out and Around album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Out and Around
Post Bop 1978
MIKE NOCK Climbing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Climbing
Fusion 1979
MIKE NOCK Succubus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Succubus
Fusion 1980
MIKE NOCK Piano Solos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Solos
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1980
MIKE NOCK Ondas album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Ondas
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1982
MIKE NOCK Strata album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strata
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1984
MIKE NOCK Mike Nock & Frank Gibson Jr. : Open Door album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mike Nock & Frank Gibson Jr. : Open Door
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1987
MIKE NOCK Dark & Curious album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dark & Curious
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1990
MIKE NOCK Mike Nock Trio ‎: Not We But One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mike Nock Trio ‎: Not We But One
Fusion 1997
MIKE NOCK Mike Nock Quintet : Ozboppin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mike Nock Quintet : Ozboppin'
Fusion 1998
MIKE NOCK The Waiting Game (with Marty Ehrlich) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Waiting Game (with Marty Ehrlich)
Fusion 2000
MIKE NOCK Changing Seasons album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Changing Seasons
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2002
MIKE NOCK Meeting of the Waters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meeting of the Waters
Fusion 2007
MIKE NOCK Mike Nock Trio ‎: An Accumulation of Subtleties album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mike Nock Trio ‎: An Accumulation of Subtleties
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2010
MIKE NOCK Hear And Know album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hear And Know
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2011
MIKE NOCK Kindred (with Laurenz Pike) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kindred (with Laurenz Pike)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2012
MIKE NOCK Suite SIMA album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suite SIMA
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2014
MIKE NOCK Mike Nock / Laurence Pike : Beginning And End Of Knowing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mike Nock / Laurence Pike : Beginning And End Of Knowing
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015
MIKE NOCK Mike Nock Trio / NZTrio : Vicissitudes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mike Nock Trio / NZTrio : Vicissitudes
Third Stream 2016
MIKE NOCK This World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This World
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2019

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MIKE NOCK live albums

MIKE NOCK Almanac (with Bennie Maupin / Cecil McBee / Eddie Marshall) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Almanac (with Bennie Maupin / Cecil McBee / Eddie Marshall)
Post Bop 1977
MIKE NOCK Talisman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Talisman
Fusion 1978
MIKE NOCK Touch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Touch
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1993
MIKE NOCK Mike Nock's Big Small Band ‎: Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mike Nock's Big Small Band ‎: Live
Big Band 2003
MIKE NOCK Duologue ( with Dave Liebman) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Duologue ( with Dave Liebman)
Fusion 2007
MIKE NOCK Mike Nock and Roger Manins : Two - Out album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mike Nock and Roger Manins : Two - Out
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015

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MIKE NOCK Almanac (with Bennie Maupin / Cecil McBee / Eddie Marshall)

Live album · 1977 · Post Bop
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Sean Trane
I fell upon this Nock album when looking in my library system’s Bennie Maupin section, and to be honest, I tend to think it wasn’t necessarily misfiled (well Maupin was not yet a household name in 67 either); despite the fact that six of the seven tracks are written by the Kiwi pianist, but oddly enough the title track being from Maupin. Coming with an avant-garde artwork (looks like a 00’s sleeve) that fits rather well the advanced music that sits on the slice of wax. The quartet is made from the afore-mentioned Nock and Maupin, but also McBee (from Pharoah’s band) on bass and Marshall on drums.

The album opens on the delightful and thoughtful rather avant-garde of Specific Gravity Time, where Maupin’s flute haunts you in your sleep. The following Symbiosis is maybe un-aptly named so, because Maupin’s sax obviously did not get along with the mike it was spitting at and saturating it. Indeed, the sax’s fuzzy lines are accidental and obviously never fixed afterwards. But it’s a cool track anyway. Emotivations is a piano-led piece that tends to push the boundaries a bit, as opposed to the flipside’s Maupin-penned Almanac that seems content on displaying bop music. Hallucinogen is indeed a bit hypnotic with its demented piano, underlined by McBee’s bowed bass and no wind instruments - this is a Nock album after all. Double Split is a rather uninteresting boppy-standardy jazz that proliferated during these pre-electric revolution years, while the forced hard-boppism of Dudley closes the album in a mitigated way.

A rather short and schizophrenic album, where the first side seems to lie almost a decade ahead of its flipside. While Kiwi Mike Nock s not exactly a prolific composer or album releaser, I was kind of surprised that he was even around in the 60’s, and often quite ahead of the pack, given this album’s A-side.

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