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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS CDs - Ray Comiskey Tony Clay­ton-Lea

Pi­anist Ar­ri­ale’s trio, with Jay An­der­son (bass) and Steve Davis (drums), marks 10 years as a unit with this fine ex­am­ple of their “con­ver­sa­tional” approach to im­pro­vi­sa­tion; it’s acute, in­tu­itive and mu­tu­ally aware to a re­mark­able de­gree. Ar­ri­ale re­freshes the reper­toire by writ­ing a lot for the trio, and here Home, Brazil­iana, Arise and Fla­menco show her range and qual­ity. But she’s also open to other things: Iko Iko, the rock­ing ’50s r’n’b hit; an adroitly re­har­monised Come To­gether; Ab­dul­lah Ibrahim’s lovely Moun­tain of the Night; Monk’s Bemsha Swing; Vic Feld­man’s Seven Steps to Heaven; and a stan­dard, Alone To­gether. Ar­ri­ale is more as­sertive in a live sit­u­a­tion, but her in­nate con­cern with melody and struc­ture re­mains in­tact. No bound­aries stretched, but this trio is very good at what it does. Ex­tras in-

LYNNE AR­RI­ALE

Live in Burghausen In + Out Records ★★★★ clude a por­trait of the pi­anist and an in­ter­view with her. www.mu­s­ic­connec­tion.org.uk

SHANE MACGOWAN

If I Should Fall from Grace Wein­er­world

One of the great­est song­writ­ing tal­ents of the past 25 years, and he lit­er­ally slashes it away. It’s dif­fi­cult to have any sym­pa­thy or em­pa­thy left for as wasted a tal­ent as Shane MacGowan; his early songs for The Pogues were fan­tas­tic and un­beat­able hy­brids of the folk id­iom, punk rock and a unique lyri­cism that con­jured up images of Be­han, Ker­ouac and the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Ir­ish-Lon­don ex­pe­ri­ence. His dis­as­trous fall from grace (there are no ifs about it, re­ally) is su­perbly doc­u­mented by di­rec­tor Sarah Share via vary­ing live per­for­mances from MacGowan, as well as in­te­views with him, Nick Cave, for­mer Clash bassist Paul Si­monon and Pogues col­league Philip Chevron. In­sight­ful, but per­haps too salu­tary and shake-of-the-head de­press­ing

for words.

Acute and in­tu­itive: Lynne Ar­ri­ale

★★★★

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