Tom Dennison | bass
Alex Freer | drums
Steven Barry | piano
Peter Koopman Jr | guitar
Roger Manins | saxophone
Tom Dennison's Zoo not only marks the debut of a fine emerging jazz composer and performer, but features a stellar line-up from the new vanguard of New Zealand jazz. The skill level that Tom and his band display is impressive indeed. These relatively young men all share a finely tuned understanding of jazz traditions, from which they strive to chart new territory for themselves.
Roger Manins needs no introduction to followers of the Rattle Jazz Series, but Tom Dennison, Steven Barry, Peter Koopman Jr and Alex Freer are equally fine musicians, all of whom we hope to work frequently with in future. This exceptional debut is superb on every level, a clear and exciting signal of great things ahead for all concerned.
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Free lead sheets to accompany this CD are available on the pages for the individual pieces below.