Jazz up someone's Christmas stocking with a real treat
LOOKING for Christmas gifts for the jazz fans in your life? Or for yourself? The following 2010 releases are highly recommended.
Lynne Arriale: Nuance (IOR CD and DVD)
Lynne Arriale's intensely lyrical piano-playing is beautifully backed by three hand-picked musicians: Randy Brecker (trumpet/flugelhorn), George Mraz (bass) and Anthony Pinciotti (drums). The CD is a studio recording, while the DVD shows the quartet live in front of a small audience.
Stefano Bollani Trio: Stone in the Water (ECM)
As usual, Stefano Bollani's impeccable piano technique is dedicated to melody, imagination and creativity. This tranquil, easy-going album features the Italian virtuoso with Jesper Bodilsen (double bass) and Morten Lund (drums).
Eleanora Fagan: To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater (DDB Records)
Dee Dee Bridgewater pays homage to Billie Holiday while interpreting the songs in her own individual style. Her selection of Lady Day classics includes a bop treatment of All of Me, a poignant Don't Explain and a chilling Strange Fruit. Arrangements are by pianist Edsel Gomez.
Face to Face: Pascal Schumacher and Jef Neve (Enja)
This exciting duo created a stir at the Bray Jazz Festival last spring. The Luxembourgeois vibes player and the Belgian pianist have a great rapport, building up atmosphere through their use of light and shade. Schumacher also appeared at the recent Galway Jazz Festival.
Bill Carrothers: Joy Spring (Pirouet)
Carrothers (piano) leads an American trio in a sympathetic tribute to the late Clifford Brown. Highlights include an amazing reinvention of the title tune and an elegiac I Remember Clifford. There are strong contributions from Drew Gress (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums).
Kennedy's Pub on George's Quay in Dublin is the venue for tonight's free concert by Rhythm Method featuring Bill Blackmore (trumpet), Shane Latimer (guitar), Darragh O'Kelly (keyboards), Cormac O'Brien (double bass) and Shane O'Donovan (drums).
Next Friday night, the Zrazy Christmas Jazz and Swing concert takes place in the Mill Theatre Studio, Dundrum.