Andorra, Orbit, April Records ***

Drawn from Andorra to be released next week this Danish electric jazz-rock quintet redolent of early period Christian Scott for instance 2007's Anthem still very possibly his best record before the New Orleanian added the aTunde Adjuah part as a …

Published: 4 Nov 2021. Updated: 29 days.

Drawn from Andorra to be released next week this Danish electric jazz-rock quintet redolent of early period Christian Scott for instance 2007's Anthem still very possibly his best record before the New Orleanian added the aTunde Adjuah part as a suffix to his name and how he is now known to all. That of course leads to thinking about the lead trumpeter here who is Mads La Cour and also a member of the formidable Danish Radio Big Band and very impressive he is too. La Cour has a magisterial very compelling persuasive way with his approach but really it's the overall band spirit and momentum here on 'Orbit', the pushing along that comes from drummer Nikolaj Bundvig and a thundering bass from Morten Jørgensen, that makes the piece work so well. Recorded back in March this studio album also has another of its tracks the ballad 'The Poet' streaming ahead of release which avails more of strong studio engineering and is a significant statement from La Cour.

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Ennis, Cork, Limerick and Dublin Síomha dates – and ‘Spéir Rua’ streams

Sung in Irish ‘Spéir Rua’ ('Red Sky') by Síomha is streaming ahead of the release of Infinite Space with dates this month in Ennis, Cork, Limerick and Dublin. Síomha, who opened for the great Paul Brady on tour in 2017, says that the song is a …

Published: 3 Nov 2021. Updated: 30 days.

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Sung in Irish ‘Spéir Rua’ ('Red Sky') by Síomha is streaming ahead of the release of Infinite Space with dates this month in Ennis, Cork, Limerick and Dublin.

Síomha, who opened for the great Paul Brady on tour in 2017, says that the song is a paean to the landscape of the west of Ireland inspired ''by many late night drives after gigs when I lived right on the West Coast at the edge of The Burren. As I got closer to home, I was lucky to witness the beautiful red blaze of the morning sky. Nature was giving her best performance and in those moments it felt as though I was the only spectator. I would stop and sit alone and watch the night sky light up and become a new day.”

Joe Dart of Vulfpeck is among the track's personnel. Beyond genre the song generates a scintillating almost flamenco-style heat in its most open and heated passages beginning around the 02:49 mark beyond the bridge.

Síomha plays Glór, Ennis on the 13th, Cyprus Avenue, Cork on the 16th, Dolan's, Limerick on the 25th and Whelan's in Dublin on the 28th. Photo: Bríd O'Donovan