The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’
Jack Kerouac from On the Road (1957)
Any beats out there? Bit of a must for jazz vocals fans on the Irish scene and the Kerouacians among us keen to discover a new voice to get into coming up because the US bebop soaked singer and harmonica player Paul Jost is touring next week with his quartet.
Jost, whose throaty, passionate, style while highly multi-faceted lands in the Mark Murphy lineage as one point of entry (verging, moving into bluesy-rock, on the Joe Cocker side of the tracks on 'Feels Like Home') last year released While We Were Gone, a live double album recorded in Brooklyn at the Soapbox Gallery. Jost's ''blues harp'' work makes me think of the sound of Carey Bell. Jost can do vocalese well too into the bargain, that's scatting to instrumental lines. Personnel include the quartet to tour Ireland at the heart of the remarkable sound: Jim Ridl on piano, Dean Johnson on bass and Tim Horner playing the drums..
Jim Ridl is known for his association with the late Pat Martino on 2015 live album, Nexus.
And both bassist Johnson and drummer Horner appeared on fine singer Roseanna Vitro's 2006 album Live At the Kennedy Center within the great Kenny Werner's trio.
Dates include Belltable, Limerick 23 September; Dolans, Limerick 25 September, in the afternoon; Magy's Farm Dechomet 26 September (sold out).
Paul Jost, photo: Chris Drukker
updated 19 September