With eight solo albums, four of those released internationally, and guest spots on hundreds of releases, Nathan Haines has been at the forefront of acoustic jazz, modern soul, and electronic music for over 20 years. In his native New Zealand, he is a highly regarded musician, producer and performer with two gold albums, numerous awards, and a loyal and strong following after playing many major concerts and festivals over the last twenty years.
March 2012 saw the NZ release of "The Poet's Embrace" (Warner Music) which debuted at number 15, the first top 20 instrumental album to do so in New Zealand in over twenty years. This album heralds Nathan's return to his acoustic jazz roots with a quartet album of largely self-penned originals, recorded completely analog straight to vintage Ampex two-track tape with no mixing or overdubs - exactly how jazz records were made before the invention of multi-track recording. With producer Mike Patto at the helm, the album exudes warmth and authenticity.
His most internationally successful albums Squire for Hire and Soundtravels, produced in London by Phil Asher have remained classics, and feature an incredible array of talent including US soul legend Marlena Shaw, UK diva Vanessa Freeman, US poet Rich Medina, Damon Albarn in his D2 guise singing a Steely Dan cover, plus the hit singles Earth is the Place (released on Francois Kervorkian's US label) and Squire for Hire featuring Marlena Shaw.
“It’s a beautiful record, beautifully recorded”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“a fine performance... full of exceptionally lyrical and beguiling music”
Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz
“a lush, occasionally downright sumptuously sensuous sound”
Chris Parker, London Jazz News
“a player who makes every note and phrase count”
Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
“the album is full of muscular playing and emotional bite”
Mike Hobart, Financial Times
“Haines has created a characterful album of pleasingly contained breadth and depth”
Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal
“Dig deep, go way back and make it sincere, and Haines does this very admirably” ****
Stephen Graham, Marlbank
“this is an inspired collection of songs, that you will keep returning to again and again” 9/10
Alan Anthony Jones, Press Association
“an enjoyable set”
Charles Waring, Record Collector
“The Poet’s Embrace is delivered with subtle transitions from light to dark, and a driven emotion that really makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck” ****
Jeremy Williams, Yorkshire Times