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Duryea, from Bayou ***

Succinct in length, not much more than a radio song duration, characterised by a brooding austere atmosphere pianist Ayumi Tanaka is dominant as 'Duryea' unfolds. The sound of the brushes of drummer Thomas Strønen (Meadow, Mats Eilertsen Trio) then …

Published: 1 Apr 2021. Updated: 21 days.

Succinct in length, not much more than a radio song duration, characterised by a brooding austere atmosphere pianist Ayumi Tanaka is dominant as 'Duryea' unfolds. The sound of the brushes of drummer Thomas Strønen (Meadow, Mats Eilertsen Trio) then emerges and there is the beginning of a radical change in the nature of the piece when clarinettist Marthe Lea begins to improvise. When the track eventually gains heat it is far more interesting with Lea carrying the day and given vivid character in her approach in a klezmer-like skirmish (around the 2-minute 40-seconds mark). The piece turns out to even be a joust. Bayou itself is out on 9 April. Ayumi Tanaka, Marthe Lea, Thomas Strønen, top. Photo: ECM

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Mooney's blues fundraiser up and running

Irish music fans well know just what a remarkably inspiring sound comes out of the guitar of Nigel Mooney playing the blues and jazz. On the move with a fundraiser for the fine prospect that is Mooney's Blues click through to be involved.

Published: 31 Mar 2021. Updated: 22 days.

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Irish music fans well know just what a remarkably inspiring sound comes out of the guitar of Nigel Mooney playing the blues and jazz. On the move with a fundraiser for the fine prospect that is Mooney's Blues click through to be involved.