WELL-SEASONED PROS LAY OUT THEIR WARES
Keyboard virtuoso James Delaney has played with Chuck Berry,
Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison, to name but three legends. Los Paradiso – the album and the band – features Delaney, along with sundry mates, running through blues, surf music, rockabilly, boogaloo, you name it. Their pedigree is certainly impressive; aside from Delaney’s bona fides, guitarist Ed Deane has shared stages with Graham Parker, Ian
Dury and Nick Lowe. Drummer Kevin Malone, meanwhile, has played with Sinead O’Connor and Ronnie Wood – on separate occasions I suspect – and bassist Garvan Gallagher has done service with Mary Black, and the marvellous Fleadh Cowboys.
With that much talent and experience on the bench, the playing is as accomplished as you would expect. Accordingly, the album is at it’s best on the (near) instrumentals: ‘Surfing With The Mummy’ heads down to the beach with a twang that Dick Dale would be proud of, while ‘Bad Day (In Blackrock)’ cops a bit of Ennio Morricone’s mojo for a tragic tale of transport problems in Dublin 4. It’s unlikely to set the world aflame, but that’s hardly the point. It serves as a fine enticement to get down to one of Los Paradiso’s regular shows in the Leeson Lounge, which I fully
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‘Surfing With The Mummy’