Shift Left: 25th Anniversary Edition

Model: HUH25CD

SKU: 363842 Product ID: 259293

Format ‐ CD

Genre ‐ Jazz

Release Date ‐ 12/04/19


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    Universal Music New Zealand and CRS/Live Nation are proud to announce the 25th Anniversary reissue of Nathan Haines’ seminal debut album Shift Left alongside two very special celebratory performances by Nathan and the Shift Left live band. 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. Featuring Joel Haines, drummer Mickey Ututaonga, keyboardist Kevin Field, Puerto Rican born
    percussion legend Miguel Fuentes and turntablist/DJ Manuel Bundy, this original line-up is re-uniting for the first time in over 2 decades for two very special and historic shows.

    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.


    Primary Format - Music - CD

    Artist - HAINES, NATHAN

    Label - Universal

    Music Genre - Jazz

    Music Genre Primary - Jazz

Track Listing


  1. Last Night
  2. East River Drive
  3. Lady J
  4. Sonovabitch
  5. Shift Left/Waiting To Hear
  6. Twelve
  7. Chinese Burn
  8. During Days Like This
  9. Just Like That
  10. Epiphany
  11. Twelve (Haines and Booker Remix)
  12. Epiphany (Julien Dyne Remix)
  13. Lady J (P-Money 94 Remix)

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