Track of the week: Trio Grande, 'Urban Myth,' Whirlwind

Sturdy jazz-rock fusion from this incendiary sax, guitar, drums trio - Nate Wood providing the energy level while Will Vinson and Gilad Hekselman dispense the fiery top line cocktail. A studio recording made earlier this year drawn from the full …

Published: 11 Sep 2023. Updated: 7 months.

Sturdy jazz-rock fusion from this incendiary sax, guitar, drums trio - Nate Wood providing the energy level while Will Vinson and Gilad Hekselman dispense the fiery top line cocktail. A studio recording made earlier this year drawn from the full album of the same name out in November there's some tremendous guitar soloing from Hekselman and above all a drive and determination from all three to push and push all the way through. The full album is quite a prospect and ahead of its release the band are playing the Vortex on 24 October in one of the club's best bookings of the autumn. L-r: Nate Wood, Will Vinson, Gilad Hekselman, photo: press

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Lee Meehan, Some of Us Are Looking At The Stars ****

A strong statement of intent here from swinging Irish guitarist Lee Meehan and a selection of originals. With a version of Tadd Dameron's 'On A Misty Night' also part of the mix, the ex-Madeleine Peyroux drummer Darren Beckett injects plenty of …

Published: 10 Sep 2023. Updated: 7 months.

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A strong statement of intent here from swinging Irish guitarist Lee Meehan and a selection of originals. With a version of Tadd Dameron's 'On A Misty Night' also part of the mix, the ex-Madeleine Peyroux drummer Darren Beckett injects plenty of pace and he is joined in the rhythm section by pianist Scott Flanigan and by bassist Dave Redmond. Saxist Michael Buckley on tenor completes the sound contributing a sweeping grandeur to 'Danu,' his line followed by some super subtle soloing by Meehan who reminds us a little stylistically of fellow Irish ace Nigel Mooney and the Ireland based English player Phil Robson. There's a lack of pretentiousness throughout and a concentration on big melodic statement shaped by a good deal of decorative flourish. One of the best Irish releases of the year certainly - hear Meehan, pictured above - at Scott's in Belfast on 23 September and at the Limerick Jazz Festival on 24 September.