No Pass­port Re­quired Bar­bar­ian Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

Trom­bon­ist, com­poser and or­ches­tra­tor Ian McDougall pro­vided this line-up from Canada’s west coast with richly de­tailed big band charts, all swung with elan and skill. The core of the album is its epony­mous three-part suite, where McDougall imag­i­na­tively jug­gles the ba­sic the­matic ma­te­rial and shares the solo space with the mar­vel­lous trum­pet and flugel­horn player, Brad Turner. Else­where, the band’s solo strength is also high-cal­i­bre; long-time Ir­ish ex­pat, gui­tarist Oliver Gan­non, is fea­tured on Lightly Turn­ing, and on Ian Leaps Out (an I Got Rhythm vari­a­tion) jump-style al­toist Camp­bell Ryga and the bustling tenor of Ross Tag­gart, among oth­ers, im­press. Given the prob­a­bly rel­a­tively lim­ited re­hearsal time, there’s a suc­cess­ful trade-off be­tween mere clin­i­cal pre­ci­sion and get­ting the feel­ing right. Big band afi­ciona­dos should love it. www.ian­m­c­dougall.com

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