Musicians include Richard Nunns (taonga puoro), Mark Lockett (drums, percussion, cymbals)
Jeff Henderson (all other sounds)

Tunes include: Redaction, Routine Inspection, Extinct Species, Two Minds, Tripped It, Sleeping Giant, Material Instinct, Revival, La Morte.

“At times wild and experimental, as on the tracks ‘Material Instinct’ and ‘Tripped It’, there’s generally more structure and Lockett presents his crisp rhythms against Nunns’ breathy end-blown flutes, whirling poi (tethered weights) and other natural noises. Occasionally somewhat squeaky and harsh, but more often gently ambient, Nunns’ arsenal of ethereal sounds is at once spiritual and challenging. The closing 16-minute ‘La Morte’ is a slowly evolving journey, full of gently brushed cymbals and atmospheric drone. Adventurous stuff.”

– Seth Jordan, Songlines Magazine, 2015



Musicians include Mark Lockett (drums), Joel Frahm (saxophone), Orlando Le Fleming (double-bass).

Tunes include: Loose Motion, Disingenuous, Now’s Not the Time, Crew Cut, For Heavens Sake, Mr Pickles, Good Day for a Dog, Don’t take the G train, Sneaking Out After Midnight, Tennis Elbow.

“Drummer/composer Mark Lockett shines in his new trio recording, featuring two young New York heavies playing his originals together with a couple of lesser known standards.”

– Mike Nock, March 2012




Musicians include: Paul Van Ross (Saxophone), Mark Fitzgibbon (Piano), Shannon Barnett (trombone), Desmond White (Bass), Mark Lockett (Drums)

Tunes include Blues Connotation, Mr Pickles, Faces, Good Day for a Dog, Peace, Ramblin’, The Blessing, Trinkle Tinkle, Jayne, Deed-Lee-Yah.

“Although he first came to prominence on the jazz scene a half century ago, Ornette Coleman still scares people, but not Mark Lockett who has assembled a first rate quintet to interpret four of Ornette’s soulful melodies. Now and Then, Lockett’s third CD, also includes tunes by worthies such as Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and the New York pianist Mark Cohen, whose music prior to this has been covered by no less than Joe Lovano and Dave Holland. Lockett has also contributed two of his own works to this appealing mix. Lockett follows in the footsteps of his countrymen like pianist Alan Broadbent, Mike Nock, and tenor sax player Roger Manins, and found success overseas. The leader of a popular Melbourne trio for more than five years now, Lockett is a tasteful time-keeper who clearly espouses the old but very valid notion that a drummer’s function in the band is to make everyone sound great, not constantly call attention to his own personal virtuosity. From beyond the grave, the drummers of old like Sid Catlett, Dave Tough and Art Blakey would surely be nodding with pleasure.”

– Steve Robertson (Host of Jazz On Saturday on PBS-FM in Melbourne)



Musician include: Jamie Oehlers (Tenor Saxophone), Jordan Murray (Trombone), Paul Van Ross (Soprano and Tenor Saxophone), Alison Wedding (Vocals), Mark Fitzgibbon (Piano), Nick Haywood (Bass), Mark Lockett (Drums)

Tunes include Bouncin’ With Bud, In Walked Bud, Nica’s Dream, Hackensack, The Nearness of You, Blues for Ronnie, Monk’s Dream, Groovin’ High, Evidence.

“Australian jazz musicians collectively put out several dozen new CDs every year, most of them dominated by original tunes that may or may not make much of an impact on their listeners. In releasing an album of modern jazz standards, Mark and his colleagues have taken on perhaps a more demanding task – tell fresh, new stories within some old and familiar frameworks. As you’ll hear, they’ve succeeded… admirably.”

– Steve Robertson (Host of Jazz On Saturday on PBS-FM in Melbourne)


A series of regular weekly gigs were recorded at Spleen Bar and the highlights were released on New Market Records.  Musicians featured include Paul Van Ross (Tenor Saxophone), Tom Lee (Bass), Luke Howard (Piano), Daniel Gassin (Fender Rhodes), Mark Lockett (Drums)

Tunes include Isotope, Black Narcissus, Moments Notice, Beatrice, Search for Peace, Fable of Faubus, Of Passionate Things, Spirit song, Inner Urge, Night and Day.

“This live recording is a wonderful example of the creative musical energy of Australian musicians and especially the younger generations who, while respecting the tradition of the older jazz players, are pushing into the future.”

– Tony Gould (Head of School, VCA)