John Key re­leases apo­lit­i­cal jazz al­bum

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - HUGH COLLINS

John Key has re­leased an al­bum of apo­lit­i­cal mu­sic - and you won’t hear him singing about house prices.

That is be­cause this par­tic­u­lar John Key is a jazz pi­anist who has just re­leased an al­bum of orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions.

The Mt Roskill res­i­dent says shar­ing a name with New Zealand’s leader has never been an is­sue but he does not want the name to be tar­nished.

For­mer Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff used to tell him that he was the John Key peo­ple should be lis­ten­ing to.

Orig­i­nally from Sus­sex in the United King­dom, Key has met the Na­tional Party leader once, swap­ping cards with him at a gig long be­fore he en­tered pol­i­tics.

Key says he wants his name back ‘‘in the same con­di­tion as it was taken’’.

Hav­ing mi­grated to New Zealand in 1973, Key first started play­ing pi­ano at six years old.

It all be­gan when he be­came in­trigued with a church or­gan and would sneak in to sit be­hind its pipes be­fore school.

‘‘It was huge, it was loud and it was lovely to lis­ten to and I thor­oughly en­joyed sit­ting in there and hav­ing my ears blasted.’’

Key’s fourth al­bum Back & Forth was re­leased this month and has ten orig­i­nal tracks per­formed with three stal­wart Auck­land jazz mu­si­cians.

Recorded in a small Lyn­field stu­dio Key says it con­tains swing, latin and blues in­flu­ences.

‘‘I’m not try­ing to rein­vent the wheel or any­thing,’’ he says.

When writ­ing the al­bum many of the tunes would of­ten come into his head when fall­ing asleep. head. What­ever trans­fers from the eye or the ear into mu­sic.

‘‘If you could re­ally de­fine how a com­po­si­tion comes about ev­ery­body would be do­ing it.’’

PHOTO: HUGH COLLINS/FAIRFAX NZ

John Key says his songs come to him as he drifts off to sleep.

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