Monday 10 December 2018

Doyle surrounds herself with top musicians for a quality release

GRAINNE FARREN

Aoife Doyle: This Time the Dream's on Me (no label)

Aoife Doyle (vocals), Johnny Taylor (piano), Andrew Csibi (double bass), Dominic Mullan (drums), plus Brian Dunning (flute) on Blue.

Ireland is enjoying a boom of young female singers, and Aoife Doyle is up there with the best of them. What's more, she has chosen first-class backing musicians, notably Taylor who is a big favourite with vocalists. The result is a high-quality debut album that will surely have a broad appeal.

It's All Right With Me, arranged by Phil Ware, recalls singers of the cool school like Anita O'Day, with fast scatting and perfect articulation even at top speed. Brian Dunning plays a romantic flute solo on his own song, the poignant Blue.

A spare accompaniment by the trio makes the most of the title tune, Harold Arlen's This Time the Dream's on Me.

She's Got You would not be the first choice of hard-core jazz fans, but Doyle sings it sincerely, avoiding the usual nasal whine of the country and western genre.

Then she's back to the cool for a mid-tempo All of Me, before a folk-style ending with Bob Dylan's Farewell Angelina.

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Next weekend, the second 'Down With Jazz' festival, called after a 1930s anti-jazz campaign, will be held in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. Saxophonist Chris Engel, from South Africa, opens the three-day event on Friday at 7.30 pm. He will be followed by the Nigel Mooney Band, Mike Nielsen's Ripe for Rebels and Yurodny.

Saturday night's programme is more eclectic, beginning with Cormac Kenevey and going on to blues, soul, hip-hop and electro-jazz.

On Sunday the music runs from 2pm until 8pm, and is free to under-12s. The main jazz interest is provided by trombonist Paul Dunlea's band, but you can also hear Javanese music by UCD Gamelan, folk/jazz from No Crows, cross-cultural Indian/Irish music by Khanda, and the Sun Ra-inspired Outerspaceways Inc.

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