A trio of jazz top brass

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BRAD SHEPIK TRIO Craw­daddy, Dublin Mon 7.30pm 120 01-6703885/ 0818-719300 Triskel Arts Cen­tre, Cork Tues 9pm 130 (sup­per & con­cert)/ 118/116 (con­cert only) 021-4272022 Gui­tarist Brad Shepik first came here 10 years ago with trum­peter Dave Douglas’s ad­ven­tur­ous and ground­break­ing Tiny Bell Trio. Since then, his CV has em­braced the high­est lev­els of the cur­rent US jazz scene, in­clud­ing work with Paul Mo­tian, Carla Bley, Char­lie Haden and Joey Baron, as well as ven­tur­ing out­side the jazz fold into world mu­sic. But the heavy­weight trio he brings here, for a very brief Ir­ish tour, is drawn from the jazz aris­toc­racy: Tom Rainey is one of the great­est of con­tem­po­rary jazz drum­mers, able to bring a fresh imag­i­na­tion to any con­text, while pi­anist Gary Ver­sace, who plays Ham­mond or­gan with the trio, is a ris­ing tal­ent on that in­stru­ment. And it’s a work­ing group. Their per­spec­tive on one of the ven­er­a­ble jazz line-ups, the or­gan trio, can be heard in Dublin and in Cork this week.

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