Nairobi Trio

Recordings

Nairobi Trio are constantly in the process of writing new material. We have so far released eight albums including a number of original tracks

Collection - Nairobi Trio

Collection

Collection, the most recent CD from Nairobi Trio, released in August 2005, is a collection of tunes finely honed over the years to become the best-loved tunes of the Nairobi Trio repertoire.

The addition of Steve Garden on drums adds a remarkable freshness to this mix of standards and originals that have created the group's reputation as the finest jazz group in New Zealand.

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Tracks

  • Take Good Care of my Heart
  • Sacred Hill
  • Do Your Own
  • Firth of Forth
  • Blue Mamba
  • Is That So
  • My Favourite Things
  • Someone Like You
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Safari

Safari

Safari, the latest CD from Nairobi Trio, released in May 2004, is a collection of original tunes. The group explore a range of musical genres, taking you on a journey from the Scottish Highlands through the Caribbean to New Orleans and back to New Zealand.

With the addition of Jason Orme on drums the group reaches new heights.

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Tracks

  • Edge of a Dream
  • Deep Down
  • Evening Star
  • Isle of Dreams
  • The Blow
  • A Fisherman's Tale
  • The Royal Mile
  • Fish Soup
  • Thredbo, Thredbo
  • Motuarohia
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Absolutely

Absolutely

Live in Norway

Absolutely! - what more is there to say?

The new album from Nairobi Trio swings and sparkles like never before. The excitement of the Oslo Jazz Festival and 'SildaJazz' in Norway has been beautifully captured in this selection of Nairobi Trio's best performances.

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Tracks

  • Intro
  • Puketapu
  • Black Orpheus
  • Firth of Forth
  • Portugal
  • Smile
  • Blue Mamba
  • It don't mean a thing
  • Shelf Life
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Standards

Standards

"Standards" was recorded in May 2000.

It is an album of jazz standards performed in the distinctive Nairobi Trio style, classy playing, four-part vocal harmonies, and plenty of good humour.

"Standards" was captured on digital tape at John's house in Auckland, New Zealand in a single recording session. The short time taken gives the album a relaxed, live feel that audiences worldwide have come to enjoy from the group's live concerts.

Tracks

  • Jeepers Creepers
  • Last Night on the Back Porch
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Beginning to See the Light
  • Sweet Sue
  • Georgia on My Mind
  • Them There Eyes
  • Exactly Like You
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • My Favourite Things
  • Glow Worm
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • Minor Swing
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Live at the McDonald Winery

Live at the McDonald Winery

Live at the McDonald Winery is Nairobi Trio's fourth album, recorded live at Montana Wines' McDonald Winery in Hawkes Bay on the East Coast of New Zealand.

The album was recorded over three nights in November 1997, and the result is a collection of songs which captures the essential Nairobi Trio at their best - live and cookin'.

Tracks

  • Puketapu
  • I'm Coming Virginia
  • East of Eden
  • Swing is the Thing
  • Take Good Care of my Heart
  • All my Tomorrows
  • Mack the Knife
  • Is That So
  • Because We've Ended as Lovers
  • Pointing to the Exit
  • Rubbernecking
  • All of Me
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Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Shelf Life represented a giant step for the Nairobi Trio.

Recorded in 1995, it was the Nairobis' first all original album. The tunes were a departure from the "Hot Club" style of the earlier albums, but still represent some of our most requested material.

Tracks

  • Return from Edinburgh
  • Noteworthy Praise
  • Last Tiger of Singapore
  • Firth of Forth
  • The Lightning Brothers
  • Shelf Life
  • Secret Smile
  • Portugal
  • Bluff Wisdom
  • Conical Intrigue at Hanmer Springs
  • Edinburgh Pizz.

Review

Nairobi Trio are an unsung success story of New Zealand music, having garnered fans and acclaim from around the world. Their sound is an eclectic mix of acoustic styles. Double bass, fiddle and twin guitars blend and battle to create the Trio's own brand of very accessible jazz.

Shelf Life is their third album, and their first of completely original music which shows off their passion and flair. Eight of the 11 tracks are completely acoustic, but all manage to convey a certain New Zealand quality, vis a vis the evocative Bluff Wisdom, with its opening violin seagull cries and bass foghorn effects.

Evocative is a fair description of the Trio's music. Punters who recently saw the band described being carried away to exotic locales by a performance as faultless as you'd expect from such experienced talents. If it's quirky, mellow jazz you're after, then Shelf Life is worth a look.

- Ken Lewis, The Strip, December 1996.

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Through The Clouds

Through The Clouds

Through the Clouds is the second album release from the Nairobi Trio, recorded in 1993. It represents a greater diversity in material than "Live", with the introduction of two original tunes - "Sacred Hill" and "Do Your Own". It also features a number of guest musicians taken from the pool of great players that have performed live with the Nairobi Trio over the years.

Tracks

  • Lady B. Goode
  • Do Your Own
  • It Don't Mean A Thing
  • Nuages
  • Limehouse Blues
  • Moonglow
  • Sacred Hill
  • My Favourite Things
  • Caravan
  • She's The Most
  • All My Tomorrows
  • Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
  • Nardis

Review

This is a good album; a very good album. Any number of its 13 tracks should easily find airplay on MOR or jazz-oriented radio, particularly as the Nairobi Trio (all four of them) are so well known and popular.

Although playing in the piano-less/drummer-less style and tradition (though guitarist John Quigley turns in some nice brushwork on two tracks) that began with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli's celebrated Hot Club Quintet, the Nairobis are kicked into modernity by the more intense playing of violinist Richard Adams and Guitarist Nigel Gavin, strongly supported by Quigley and bassist Peter Koopman. Also by some astute choices of material (Tom Ludvigson's Do Your Own, Nigel Gavin's Sacred Hill, Miles' Nardis). As a result, although their sound is still satisfyingly 'Lounge Lizard' when required, it's a lot less louche than Django and Stephane can now sound to contemporary ears.

Stand out tracks, for me, are the opener Lady be Good, the aforementioned Do Your Own (boldly programmed second up), Nuages, Limehouse Blues (always a favourite), the beautiful Cahn/Van Heusen ballad All My Tomorrows (an inspired choice) and the perennial Caravan (not an easy tune to refresh, but the group have done so here). There are plenty to choose from, including a few jaunty and insouciant vocals too.

And this group doesn't need a drummer. Wish they did.

Bruce Morley, NZ Musician - June 1993.

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Live

Live

"Live" is the Nairobi Trio's first album recorded in 1991 at Mandrill Studios in Parnell, Auckland.

The name comes from the fact that the recording, although done in a studio without a live audience, was laid straight down to two-track tape with no overdubbing. What you hear is exactly what happened that night.

Tracks

  • Beginning to see the Light
  • Smile
  • Minor Swing
  • Swing High, Swing Low
  • Last Night on the Back Porch
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Sheik of Araby
  • Limehouse Blues
  • Stormy Weather
  • Take Good Care of my Heart
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