IVO NEAME

Ya­tra Edition Records ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS SHUFFLE - COR­MAC LARKIN

Ris­ing British pi­anist Ivo Neame may be best known for his play­ing in the trio for­mat – no­tably with Phrone­sis, led by bassist Jasper Høiby – but Ya­tra’s is the sound of a mu­si­cian lux­u­ri­at­ing in a broader pal­let, writ­ing in­tel­li­gently for an octet of four reeds (five if you in­clude Neame dou­bling on clar­inet and alto sax­o­phone), along with Høiby’s bass, Jim Hart’s vi­bra­phone, and Dave Ham­blett’s drum kit. The com­po­si­tions are edgy with­out be­ing ob­tuse, through-writ­ten with a filmic sense of drama, but open enough for the mu­si­cians to put their own spin on things in a way that re­calls the sem­i­nal Loose Tubes ensem­ble. Neame’s third al­bum as leader will bring some tal­ented young horn play­ers to wider at­ten­tion, and Hart, Høiby and Ham­blett cook up some in­tense grooves, but it is Neame him­self that im­presses most, show­ing in­creas­ing ma­tu­rity both as a com­poser and as a pi­anist. ivoneame.com

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