Veteran reedman's debut shows a tender touch
Gay McIntyre: The Music Within Me (Lyte Records)
Gay McIntyre (alto sax, clarinet), Linley Hamilton (trumpet, flugelhorn), Johnny Taylor (piano), Dave Redmond (bass), Dominic Mullan (drums).
GAY McINTYRE and the Linley Hamilton Quartet bring a relaxed, swing-era feel to seven well-chosen standards. The veteran reedman is a master of nuance, delicately embellishing the tunes while keeping their essence. He excels in slow ballads, as shown in the sensitive clarinet treatment of Darn That Dream and the tenderness of his alto sax in Body and Soul. Other highlights are Shadow of Your Smile and My Romance. McIntyre enjoys a great rapport with Linley Hamilton and with the group as a whole.
Gay McIntyre is in his 70s now and has been part of the jazz scene on both sides of the border for many years. Surprisingly, this is his first album. Let's hope there'll be lots more.
A number of city centre venues play host to a Mini-Festival from Tuesday to Saturday. Best-known names are Bill Blackmore (trumpet) and Colm O'Hara (trombone), who will play in Sweeney's, Dame Street, at 10pm on Tuesday as part of a septet, Superhands. Just before them, at 9pm, the up-and-coming generation is represented by a "groove-jazz" quartet called Nature, with Chris Guilfoyle (guitar), son of Ronan. Colm O'Hara can be heard again on Saturday night in the Back Loft, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8. Emilie Conway (vocals) and the Brazilian Jazz Trio will play bossa nova in the International Bar, Wicklow Street, on Wednesday night. Full details of the Mini-Festival on www. primecollectivedublin.com
Greg Lloyd (piano) returns to JJ Smyth's tonight, leading a group with Dave Redmond (bass), Kevin Brady (drums) and Frailan Moran (percussion, from Cuba). The group, which mixes North African and Cuban music with jazz and funk, has just recorded its first album, due out in January.