Selected for Take Five, plucked from the often overlooked Belfast jazz scene to have blossomed since the much admired mentoring scheme was dreamt up, organist Scott Flanigan was in his regular trio spot on the stand at Berts.

Fine singer, a true Waitsian,¬†Kyron Bourke, who used to run the¬†much appreciated¬†Teatro¬†intimate eaterie on Botanic Avenue, above, and continues to curate the¬†remarkable 7-night per week jazz bookings at Berts was an unannounced surprise addition joining him in the second set, impressed most on a soothing ‚ÄėMy One and Only Love‚Äô, a tender ‚ÄėTime after Time‚Äô and later a¬†sprezzatura¬†treatment¬†that¬†coaxed out the soft and sensuous Chet Baker-esque murmurs¬†needed on ‚ÄėI Fall in Love Too Easily‚Äô.

Flanigan, above with Kyron and trumpeter Linley Hamilton, has an accompanist’s ear, and not just this he knows not to grandstand on his solos but can swoop particularly when performing on organ to draw out the Jimmy Smith-like possibilities of the instrument letting the music skate and glide or swagger and startle when choosing to let rip. Check out Flanigan’s very different debut Point of Departure where you can really hear his breadth and pianistic range, the sound of Lennie Tristano just one aspect of his thinking in tandem with an ear for modern champions of the art of the trio such as Brad Mehldau.

‚ÄĘ Scott Flanigan will be¬†appearing¬†with Ronnie Greer¬†and the great Jim Mullen¬†during early-March at¬†Flowerfield, Portstewart¬†(1) and¬†Island Arts Centre, Lisburn¬†(2).