Towards the Emerald city Katharine Timoney returns with Don't Fret

Playing Berts in Belfast tonight Katharine Timoney has a fine new single out next month 'Don't Fret' drawn from the upcoming EP Life Came Into Colour. And once again in terms of new generation Irish jazz singers she easily leads the way in the very …

Published: 18 Aug 2021. Updated: 31 days.

Playing Berts in Belfast tonight Katharine Timoney has a fine new single out next month 'Don't Fret' drawn from the upcoming EP Life Came Into Colour. And once again in terms of new generation Irish jazz singers she easily leads the way in the very hard-to-pull-off retro swirl. On 'Don't Fret' produced by straightahead English saxophonist Ben Castle (son of Record Breakers icon trumpeter Roy Castle) based for some time in recent years out of Cian Boylan's Camden studios in Dublin.

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Katharine's Man of Mine showed a lot of style coming up and even by then she had more than paid her dues jamming on the lively Belfast scene in places like the Albany and more recently in the optimum surroundings of Berts (Belfast's Ronnie Scott's) as a regular draw by developing her craft as a singer and performer in a relatively short space of time. ‘Paris’ was the ear-catching pick on that release and certainly proved refreshingly non-maudlin and yet not cheesy although of course very accessible and tuneful.

The singer still likes that loungey Caro Emerald style as a flavour, a penchant that actually makes her sound coherent from a stylistic base. Above all she knows taking her voice deeper how to make a lyric ring out and move flexibly with the band.

Katharine Timoney, above

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Autumn release ahead for Steph Richards and Joshua White's Zephyr

Part of the point of marlbank is to introduce you to sounds that you won't know about otherwise at this point in time. Take trumpeter Steph Richards and pianist Joshua White's Zephyr which is to be released on US jazz-indie Relative Pitch in the …

Published: 18 Aug 2021. Updated: 31 days.

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Part of the point of marlbank is to introduce you to sounds that you won't know about otherwise at this point in time. Take trumpeter Steph Richards and pianist Joshua White's Zephyr which is to be released on US jazz-indie Relative Pitch in the autumn.

Neither Richards nor White for that matter are that well known and yet Richards certainly has kept stellar company recording with the likes of Jason Moran and Kenny Wollesen (on Supersense last year). White debuted in 2017 with 13 Short Stories on the Fresh Sound New Talent label.

There is nothing to share so far from Zephyr. However, the video above gives an idea of some of the style of their collaboration. Drilling down a bit more in terms of making connections with other approaches this comparison maybe connects with you if you know the work of Tom Arthurs because Richards like Arthurs has a very strong classical technique harnessed in the direction of improvisation.

I'm thinking 2012 Babel release Postcards to Pushkin. Listen if unfamiliar. There is like Arthurs' work with pianist Richard Fairhurst a precise, tonally pure, and quite arresting avant-garde quality to their aura. In combination with White (like Craig Taborn or Kris Davis) it's very stirring. Recorded when Richards was more than six months pregnant, the first track found the trumpeter unusually playing in water and the track 'Anza,' is named for her daughter whose breathing on the track can even be heard. Look for this superb album in mid-October. Steph Richards photo: Walter Wlodarcyzk