The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS CDs - Jim Car­roll

PAUL MUR­PHY The Trip Afro Art ★★★★ Var­i­ous long train trips while hol­i­day­ing in In­dia pro­vided Paul Mur­phy with the sparks for this set of jazzy and spir­ited high rollers. For the Afro Art la­bel boss, leg­endary jazz-dance scences­ter, acid jazz pi­o­neer and one-time Cork res­i­dent, The Trip was an ideal op­por­tu­nity to put a shape on var­i­ous mu­si­cal ideas and no­tions that were on his to-do list. What you’ll hear are tracks which are ad­ven­tur­ous, el­e­gant and ac­com­plished in how they poke and push var­i­ous jazzy grooves around. Mur­phy has cho­sen his col­lab­o­ra­tors well, with Roger Beau­jo­lais on vibes and ex-Freak Power dude Ash­ley Slater on trom­bone help­ing to ig­nite each track. Slater is the star on Seven Samu­rai, his trom­bone lead­ing the way on Mur­phy’s epic re­work­ing of Fu­mio Hayasaka’s theme for the Akira Kuro­sawa clas­sic. Else­where, you’ll be im­pressed by Mur­phy’s new, tougher ver­sion of Soul Call and such at­mo­spheric mood-set­ters as Bu­dapest Chachacha. All aboard.

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