ALBUM of the WEEK Joshua Redman, Come What May, Nonesuch
It has been quite a while since this Joshua Redman Quartet configuration has issued an album, some 20 years or so in fact since Redman last teamed up with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson in the easy mainstream space that Redman has virtually made his own over the years.
Full of bittersweet elegiac melody this lands if you like right in the middle stylistically of where jazz is these days, neither smooth nor full of extravagant avant garde gesture. Redman brings with him nonetheless an encyclopedia of saxophone prowess and in some ways nothing really has changed since we were introduced to him back in the 1990s.
Full of original tunes there is plenty here for newcomers to jazz and old hands alike. For sure one thing that Redman never forgets is how to shape a melody and draw on his emotional side and with this band manages to underline his key approach so convincingly once again.
Photo: Arne Reimer
Live: Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey
Irish guitar legend Arty McGlynn who has a jazz-influenced album called Botera out at the moment was in action at the weekend in Enniskillen playing in duo with his wife fiddle player/singer Nollaig Casey. McGlynn, whose career stretches back to the showband era, to high profile work with Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, and which has also included several years as musical director in the 1980s with Van Morrison appearing on such beloved albums as Inarticulate Speech of the Heart and Avalon Sunset, was playing in thegallery bar of the Ardhowen theatre. The beautiful ‘Moran’s Return’ and ‘E Minor Reel/Lads of Laois’ medley were the pick of the first set, McGlynn’s sense of time and rock solid rhythmic discipline a marvel.
Arty McGlynn, top at Ardhowen, in the middle video wondrously on ‘The Healing Game’ with Van Morrison, and in the 1990s playing the lilting ‘Moran’s Return’ with Nollaig Casey.