The Paul Jost quartet take Feels Like Home and highlights from their repertoire to tour Ireland

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 …

Published: 17 Sep 2022. Updated: 20 months.

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

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Chip Wickham outsells Joshua Redman to top the latest UK jazz and blues chart

UK indie jazz label Gondwana have a number one jazz and blues hitmaker album on their hands as their artist tenor saxophonist and flautist Chip Wickham tops the new UK jazz and blues chart just announced. Cloud 10 comes in at no.1 with US sax star …

Published: 16 Sep 2022. Updated: 20 months.

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UK indie jazz label Gondwana have a number one jazz and blues hitmaker album on their hands as their artist tenor saxophonist and flautist Chip Wickham tops the new UK jazz and blues chart just announced. Cloud 10 comes in at no.1 with US sax star Joshua Redman and his Moodswing band on LongGone at no. 2.

Back in July the title track of Cloud 10 was in our track of the day Saturday morning listening spot.

Landing in a flowing spiritual-jazz space somewhere as if time-travelling to a never to be found again Pharoah Sanders or Yusef Lateef oasis where a rare atmosphere of much sought-after serenity lives that's where you'll find the quintessential Wickham approach.

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Cloud 10 was recorded at the Estudio Brazil in Madrid and other features of the sound include the throb of the bass from Simon Houghton, known as Sneaky, who flavours the vamp on the title track before Wickham comes in on tenor saxophone. Vibes are played by Spanish scenester Ton Risco and fill space imaginatively. Risco sounds as much like Gary Burton as he does Bobby Hutcherson, first thought, in this passage. New GoGo Penguin drummer the much admired Jon Scott hangs the beat back to let it fertilise the groove while Nottingham-born pianist Phil Wilkinson, a former student of Darius Brubeck, is suitably decorative in context given some florid touches. The success of these two releases in this week's chart brings to an end a sustained period when blues acts in the weekly chart outsold their jazz counterparts. Chip Wickham photo: Jazz FM