The Nov 2005 issue of Downbeat reviewing the Melbourne/Umbria Festival wrote:

But the revelations were the Australians – in particular Paul Grabowsky and Mike Nock – Pianist Nock, a Sydney-based maestro, delivered two appealing sets at the Forum Theatre: one with his eclectic Big Small Band (a Hal Russell meets Carla Bley nonet) and the other with his equally unpredictable trio. Both groups exhibited strong arrangements, a mix of groove/dissonance and lyricism/avant-out, and a fair amount of humor and surprise inherent in the twists and turns. There’s a glint to Nock’s playing and a buoyancy in his leadership, especially with the nonet, which featured a fine young cast of improvisers.