Recorded last year at west London studio Eastcote Jim Mullen explains Catch My Drift isn’t about “men in suits” imposing a concept but instead a “bunch of guys deciding on the spot what to play,” the old way. I think we’d all be more than pleased to come up with a selection of tunes of the order of what you’ll find here performed with such taste, an album that begins with an uptempo take on Jimmy McHugh and Eddie DeLange’s smokey ‘Deep in a Dream’ (‘I dim all the lights and I sink in my chair/The smoke from my cigarette climbs through the air'’) steers through numbers by Toots Thielemans, Jobim, and Donald Fagen before signing off with Ellington and Strayhorn’s ‘Daydream’. Mullen explains the inclusion of the Earth, Wind & Fire number ‘You Can’t Hide Love’ as a nod to the time he and Dick Morrissey performed the tune in the 1970s. Laidback swing, textbook modern mainstream jazz guitar with unalloyed vintage Wes Montgomery-early-George Benson appeal Mullen is on seemingly effortless form once again with organist Mike Gorman, and drummer Matt Skelton, their fourth album for Pete North’s indie jazz label Diving Duck celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
Released on 17 March