Originally released in 1994, the album is a subtle, astute meltdown of jazz and hip-hop by the preternaturally mature Haines and his fellow musicians whose diverse backgrounds came into play across the 11 originals. The album was released by Verve Records in the UK in 1995 and remains New Zealand’s biggest selling jazz album, while also forming the blueprint for Nathan’s future releases and his international career path.
“To say Shift Left was a landmark in New Zealand music is an understatement,” says Simon Grigg (who released the NZ edition on his Huh! Label), “but it didn’t arrive out of the blue. The genesis came with the new generation, bands like The Jazz Committee and Freebass, both featuring the precocious, hugely talented saxophonist Nathan Haines and his equally talented guitarist brother Joel.
“What made Nathan and these players unique was the way they fused hip-hop and Urban Pasifika with experimental improvised jazz, often live at Cause Celebre in intense sessions that would sometimes not start until 1am and last until dawn.”
Those sessions ultimately led to the formation of the Shift Left band, comprising some of the most virtuoso performers to ever join together both in the studio and on stage in New Zealand. This special evening sees the original Shift Left band reunited after 25 years featuring Nathan’s brother Joel Haines on guitar, keyboardist Kevin Field, New York based bassist Richard Hammond, drummer Mickey Ututaonga, Puerto-Rican born percussionist Miguel Fuentes (ex Grover Washington band) and guest Hammond organ player Alan Brown. It really will be a very very special night!
With this excellent remastered reissue – and three new remixes from drummer/producer Julien Dyne, Haines with DJ/producer Frank Booker, and P-Money – this innovative album sounds contemporary but is also a reminder of the period which created it. Shift Left is available in double LP, CD, digital and streamable formats and Nathan Haines and the Shift Left band bring the music to life once again on stage at the Trafalgar Centre on 17th August.
With this event proudly hosted in Nelson, We have partnered with Tasteology to bring you the best Nelson wines, beers and ciders and 7010 your local who have created us a Picnic Box for 2 showcasing Nelson’s finest culinary artisans.
Allocated Seating – Trafalgar Centre
Ticket Prices: Excluding Services Fees
All tickets: $69.90
Picnic Box for two $40
PAdmit – Ticket with Platter for two by 7010 your local: $109.90
This Picnic Box showcases Nelson’s finest artisans with nibbles to keep you going through out the show to be enjoyed with a loved one.
Present your ticket at the bar to collect your picnic box.
Pickups will be available from the Trafalgar Centre on the night of the event only.
Service Fees are (per ticket):
Online – $1.50
Counter – $2.50
Outlet – $2.50
Phone – $3.50
Credit Card and Delivery Fees extra.
Tickets also available through all Ticket Direct outlets (Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Richmond Mall and Nelson, Motueka and Blenheim i-SITE etc.)