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The Green Hour Album Release | The Jac

The Green Hour Album Release | The Jac

Wellington jazz ensemble The Jac follow their excellent Best Jazz Album finalist Nerve (2014) with an equally striking and original new album, The Green Hour.

The Jac follow their 2014 Rattle debut, Best Jazz Album finalist Nerve, with The Green Hour, an album of seven self-penned compositions that give every member of the ensemble ample scope to shine – particularly the composers! Recorded at Orange Studios in Christchurch, The Green Hour is every bit as dynamic and intelligent as its predecessor, a confident, highly literate example of contemporary jazz ensemble writing and performing.

"This album expands the ideas we explored on Nerve ," says bandleader Jake Baxendale, "with longer forms that develop the themes, a mix of very different grooves, and more space for each improvisor to stretch out."

The quality of this music is striking for its seemingly effortlessly negotiated complexity and fluent melodicism. The Jac are a deliciously vociferous ensemble of musicians, and their evident love of music is infectious. If you’re a fan of ensemble jazz, particularly music actively engaged with contemporary trends, The Green Hour is a must.

“With four horns up front, Wellington ensemble The Jac assault the senses in the best possible way.” Jon Fenton

The Jac are celebrating the release of The Green Hour with two very special concerts: Thursday October 22nd for the Auckland Jazz Festival at CJC/1885 Britomart, 8pm; and October 24th in Wellington at St Peter’s on Willis, 6.30pm.

Find out more at or to buy tickets visit

Produced by The Jac and Michael Bell

Engineered by Thom O’Connor, Michael Bell

Mixed by Steve Garden and The Jac

Design by UnkleFranc

Printing and packaging by Studio Q

Catalogue No. RAT-J-1029

UPC No. 822601410299

Release date October, 2015

Duration 67:29

RRP $NZ32.95

File under Jazz

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