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[ Rattle Records / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 15 June 2018

Sumo was formed in 2007 as a quartet with Richie Pickard on acoustic bass, Daniel Kennedy on drums, Gwyn Reynolds on sax, and Darren Pickering on piano. Dan chose the name, and their motto was 'heavy, sweaty jazz'. The band performed every week at Fat Eddies, a live music venue that was destroyed in the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Their first album, Throwing Salt (2009), was a Best Jazz Album finalist in the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards.

In 2016, Gwyn and Dan welcomed Michael Story (acoustic bass) and Joe McCallum (drums) into the line up. Shiko is based on the successful concept of the previous album, where the members of the quartet plus six guests each compose a tune featuring any combination of the ten-piece ensemble they choose.

Gwyn Reynolds (saxophone)
Darren Pickering (piano/keyboards)
Michael Stroy (acoustic bass)
Joseph McCallum (drums)

Brad Kang (guitar)
Heather Webb (guitar)
Glen Wagstaff (guitar)
Tim Driver (piano)
Tamara Smith (flute)
Jimmy Rainey (sax)

Cameron Pearce (trumpet on That)
Tom Rainey (piano on The Mire and MoU)


1 Manfred (4:03) Darren Pickering
2 The Bewildering Case of Doxy Ford (4:42) Tamara Smith
3 Continental Drift (6:40) Gwyn Reynolds
4 Replay (6:26) Heather Webb
5 That (5:37) Joseph McCallum
6 Running Through My Mind (7:11) Brad Kang
7 Smoking Gun (4:38) Michael Story
8 MoU (memorandum of understanding) (7:44) Jimmy Rainey
9 Free Fall (7:55) Tim Driver
10 The Mire (5:11) Glen Wagstaff