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by Chris Mason-Battley Group

Original jazz that reflects the open spaces and untamed beauty of New Zealand. Taking their audiences on a journey from intimate ballads to dynamic compositions fusing jazz, rock and world music influences --- DOUBLE CD --- 16 TRACKS ---
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unspoken
5:56 $0.99
2. Five on Six
3:56 $0.99
3. 4 by 4 Blues
6:39 $0.99
4. Faces of the Land
6:03 $0.99
5. With Love
5:57 $0.99
6. Harriette
4:29 $0.99
7. Come on in
6:43 $0.99
8. Travel by Night
7:35 $0.99
9. Behind your Eyes
6:20 $0.99
10. In Essence
6:15 $0.99
11. Groovity
5:19 $0.99
12. Falling Rain
5:46 $0.99
13. Piazza
5:07 $0.99
14. The Peacock
6:08 $0.99
15. When I Survey
5:44 $0.99
16. Farewell to a Friend
8:45 $0.99
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Also available from the Chris Mason-Battley Group
'KARAKIA' - Our Debut CD

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------- DOUBLE CD --------

The Chris Mason-Battley Group play original jazz that reflects the
open spaces and untamed beauty of New Zealand. Taking their
audiences on a journey from intimate ballads to dynamic compositions
fusing jazz, rock and world music influences, this group delivers a
unique, contemporary New Zealand jazz experience.

'Unspoken' is a great double CD, showcasing the different sides of the band:

'Side A' has 10 songs in the band's spacious, contemporary jazz style.

Check out:
'Faces of the Land' - an evocative soundscape inspired by the varied landscapes of our country. One of our favourite trips takes us through a series of dramatic, contrasting regions - picture yourself taking this journey with this song as the soundtrack.

'4 by 4 Blues' - this is one of our favourites on our live gigs. It's a great tune to stretch out and blow over - from the cool melody to the dynamic blues solos. It always seems to win our audiences over. I think they can see how much fun we have playing it!

'Side B' features 6 tracks in a more Acid Jazz vein.

Check out:
'Falling Rain' - our most popular tune ever! This was the song that took us to the top of when we started on the site in 2000. A tight slow-groove funk feel with a soaring soprano sax melody and superb acoustic guitar.


Live Review:

Tauranga Festival of the Arts, New Zealand, October 2003


In a New Zealand jazz landscape strewn with copycats a few courageous breakaway outfits attempt to create a jazz that is truly Kiwi.

Among the current emerging supernovas are the Chris Mason-Battley Group, whose camaraderie as a band and original compositions struck a major chord with their Tauranga Arts Festival audience at Pacific Crystal Palace last night.

From the opening bars of drummer Steve Garden's solo air sculpture to the impetuous closing number Michelle the band displayed a finesse and competence which was musically satisfying as well as joyously entertaining. Graeme Webb's guitar playing (last heard in Tauranga with Caitlin Smith) has matured - his lyrical lines and singing tone complemented the well travelled saxophone of Chris Mason-Battley.

At times reminiscent of bands such as Yellow Jackets and Spyrogyra, the free-running rhythm section provided sympathetic support for the interplay between the fine front-line musicians.

David Lines' Lyle Mays influenced piano was featured to good effect on the moving Faces of the Land. His muscular blues solo on Mason-Battley's 4 by 4 Blues was also particularly notable.

A deconstructed romp through Ellingtons Caravan provided a good opportunity for the band to stretch out. But the strength of the concert was in the stylish originals. Among the gems were Webb's hypnotic Seventually and the acid jazz Groovity.

The festival organisers are to be congratulated for opening the festival with such fine fare. It was a rare and uplifting experience to witness a well oiled fusion band in full flight.

reviewer: Liam Ryan,
Bay of Plenty Times, New Zealand, November 1, 2003



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Jazz fusion that carves out a landscape, that blends itself with the texture of rolling hills, the melodic prophesy of the birds, the lilt and the energy of the wind over the grasses and the perfect backdrop of the sky. From classy and upright to laid back and freely wandering, their songs fit in atmospheres as diverse as late night club music to contemplative road trip ambience. With its own personality, their music can be as accessible as the jazz flavors used by Sting to the well-seated style of Pat Metheny.

Rob Livingstone

fabulous smooth jazz; covers various moods
A must-have for fans of smooth jazz. The combination of piano guitar and sax is well balanced, and the music covers a variety of moods from upbeat to bluesy to contemplative.