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Air shot spots from Scott's begin on Sunday

Beginning on BBC Radio Ulster this coming Sunday night with Purple Dayz, details of the acts booked for the Live at Scott's Jazz Club air shots to run over 10 weeks have been unveiled. Episode 1: Hugh Buckley, above on 'Inspiration for the …

Published: 21 May 2024. Updated: 32 days.

Scott Flanagan - Photo credit - Philip Arneill

Beginning on BBC Radio Ulster this coming Sunday night with Purple Dayz, details of the acts booked for the Live at Scott's Jazz Club air shots to run over 10 weeks have been unveiled.

Episode 1: Hugh Buckley, above on 'Inspiration for the Bards' with a classic from his back catalogue - featuring spoken word from the great Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners - a title drawn from 2007 album Sketches of Now.

Filling a gap in the station schedule left by the loss of two weekly shows: Jazz World last year; and Jazz Club recently, the Hugh Buckley trio Purple Dayz - a play of course on Jimi Hendrix Experience 1967 classic Purple Haze in the witty rendering - are to kick off this brand new Live At Scott's Jazz Club series. The recording was made at pianist/organist Scott Flanigan's weekly Friday club night based in Ballyhackamore, east Belfast. The first show is to be broadcast at 6.30pm.

Ep. 2 Joel Frahm Trio, Sunday 2 June:

The US saxist Joel Frahm known for his work initially with the then obscure Brad Mehldau, a big hero of Flanigan's. Read more on the salad days Frahm-Mehldau collaborations in Brad's extraordinary memoir, Formation issued by Sheffield publisher Equinox last year. Frahm recorded at Scott's for this new Radio Ulster series last month in the playing company of bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Ernesto Cervini.

Ep. 3 Victoria Geelan:

Fine Omagh and County Fermanagh singer Victoria Geelan, a doyenne of the Derry jazz vocals scene, sings Nina Simone. Appears with pianist Neil ''Comrade Hat'' Burns, bassist Rohan Armstrong and drummer Andrew McCoubrey.

Ep. 4 Scott Flanigan:

The pianist and club host best known for his work with Dave O'Higgins, Rob Luft and Rod Youngs playing Trane and Monk for this episode heard in a quartet vein. Scott's most recent album was Clouded Lines.

Ep. 5 Belleville:

Gather round the campfire. Django inspired - still the greatest European jazz musician ever, only Jan Garbarek comes close - gypsy jazz.

Ep. 6 Emily Francis Trio:

Hip nu jazz keyboardist Emily Francis playing Scott's along with bassist Trevor Boxall and drummer Jamie Murray.

Ep. 7 Ciarán Wilde Quartet:

Dublin scene eminence Ciarán Wilde with Flanigan, Geelan bassist Armstrong and the singer's drummer McCoubrey also with the reedist who is blessed with a unique timbral, visceral, command.

Ep. 8 Orlando Molina Quintet:

Venezuela born guitarist Orlando Molina and his quintet - avant drummer Matthew Jacobson, Flanigan, saxist Steve Welsh and bassist Cormac O'Brien - also on the acclaimed Origin Story release Good Friday with Jacobson released in 2020 - complete the band.

Ep. 9 Scott Flanigan Plays Standards:

Flanigan with Armstrong and McCoubrey.

Ep. 10 Dirty Jazz Club:

Dublin scenesters get their freaks on up north fFZ - featuring saxist Cathal Roche, trumpeter Bill Blackmore, trombonist Colm O'Hara, keyboardist Darragh O'Kelly, bassist Derek Whyte and drummer Conor Murray.

The series was produced by Cormac O’Kane and Richard Brown's Live Under Giants, part of RedBox Recording and the team at Scott's, and whose work includes a recent BBC2 TV documentary about music journalist Colin Harper - that includes memories of famed Sailortown venue the Rotterdam - entitled Legends of Harper.

Scott Flanigan, photo: Philip Arneill

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Eurojazz album of the week: Chantal Acda and the Atlantic Drifters, Silently Held, Challenge *****

As strong a Eurojazz led cosmopolitan vocals release as we have come across recently spanning singersongwritery, borderless and intercontinental loose Frisellian moods - guitarist Bill Frisell and his tonally inspirational sage-like poet of a …

Published: 21 May 2024. Updated: 32 days.

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As strong a Eurojazz led cosmopolitan vocals release as we have come across recently spanning singersongwritery, borderless and intercontinental loose Frisellian moods - guitarist Bill Frisell and his tonally inspirational sage-like poet of a bassist Thomas Morgan (Small Town) are among the guesting non Eurojazz input shaping under the moniker of the Atlantic Drifters. Yes, you could imagine this - away from festival fields - in a non-doctrinaire stylistically and socially jazz club, to use that memorable phrase of Barney Josephson's that's ''the wrong place for the right people.''

Because Acda, who was born in Holland but lives in Belgium, knows about harnessing aching silences, straight talking lyrics and above all fear. She challenges it all and reclaims it from the cruel sea to add strength to her songs. So, particularly on the epic and harrowing 'Seafoam,' a contemplation on existence and mortality, the impact is pretty staggering. Personnel on the album includes drummer-percussionist Eric Thielemans and the avant saxist Colin Stetson. But Silently Held is really about the intimacy of voice cloaked in that panoramic Frisellian mood - and what an unforgettable voice it is. Frisell's new supersized live album on Blue Note Orchestras doesn't succeed in anywhere near the same way certainly if you prioritise intimacy and mood. There's a universality that counts immeasurably.

Chantal Acda, above. Photo: press