Bright spontaneity and the sound of soulful days
Boylan/Buckley/Evans: Soulful Days (Lucca Records)
Hugh Buckley (guitar) is joined by Cian Boylan (piano), Damian Evans (double bass) and special guest Steve Hogan (percussion) on two tracks.
Hugh was once described by the late James Williams as "one of the brighter stars in the constellation of jazz in his part of the world".
The description is still apt in his work with Boylan/Buckley/Evans, a trio which has been playing regularly on Sunday afternoons in Howth.
Boylan's gently percussive piano-playing acts as a foil to Buckley's soaring guitar, while Evans nudges them along with a steady pulse.
The musicians, who began playing as a trio during a year spent as mature students, have produced an album which is full of swing, tunefulness and bright spontaneity. Two of the tracks are reworkings of Hugh Buckley compositions, from previous recordings: the Latin-tinged Floren's Dance and the up-tempo bop number Yes Indeed. Cian Boylan contributes Tadhg's Toon and Zebra's Crossing.
Probably few people know the name Redd Evans, but he composed No Moon At All, long associated with Mel Torme and recently revived by Cormac Kenevey.
The Rolling Stones hit Satisfaction does not adapt so well to a jazz setting, as it somehow lacks the hypnotic effect remembered from long-ago disco dancing, but Bruno Martino's Estate -- Italian for summer -- features a glowing guitar solo that brings out the best in this beautiful tune.
A jazz quintet called Thought-Fox has won Music Network's Young Musicwide award for 2010. The group consists of Lauren Kinsella (voice), Colm O'Hara (trombone), Tom Gibbs (piano), Michael Coady (bass) and Simon Roth (drums).