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Benebig, Manins, Samsom: SHUFFLE album release (New Caledonia/NZ)

  • Backbeat Bar 100 Karangahape Road Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)

SHUFFLE album release

New Caledonian organist extraordinaire Michel Benebig, Roger Manins, and Ron Samsom are joined by Neil Watson to release Shuffle, available now on RATTLE.

Do you like straight ahead swinging, shuffling Blue Note era JAZZ? – have you heard of Jimmy Smith, Captain Jack Mcduff or Stanley Turrentine? Have you heard drummer Donald Bailey play the shuffle feel? Well folks, we are not here to copy anyone, but Shuffle was born out of love! That's right! – Love of the music of the masters in the classic 50s and 60s Organ, Saxophone, Drums, Guitar Quartet. We will present new material from our CD SHUFFLE which features Ron Samsom, Michel Benebig, Roger Manins and one of the USA's greatest Jazz guitarists ever, Mr Carl Lockett. For this tour Mr Lockett cannot join us, but don't worry! We have one of the finest and greatest guitarists currently in NZ to join us, the amazing and super creative Mr Neil Watson.

You gotta be happy with that!!  Come along and have a great time! 

Sometimes an album blows straight into your heart like a warm breeze off the summer ocean. ‘Shuffle’ is exactly that album. There is an easy-going familiarity to it and you instantly feel good as your body connects with the rhythms. Shuffle achieves that rare feat of sounding both new and familiar. This is the sound that I grew to love many years ago, as practitioners like Jimmy Smith, Big John Patton, Gene Ammons, and Brother Jack McDuff fused Soul and Jazz into a rare amalgam. To appreciate this music you need no acclimatisation; no understanding of Jazz. To appreciate this music you only need one prerequisite, a human heart. It’s ‘groove’, it is sensual and it’s my guilty pleasure.


John Fenton


Michel Benebig - organ
Roger Manins - tenor sax
Ron Samsom - drums
& special guest:
Neil Watson - guitar


$20 General Admission
$15 CJC Members
$15 Students

$10 CJC Student Members

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