THOUGHT-FOX

My Guess Di­a­tribe

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Dublin-born singer Lau­ren Kinsella is one of a new gen­er­a­tion of im­pro­vis­ing vo­cal­ists who claim for the voice the sort of lib­er­ties long taken for granted by other in­stru­ments. Com­poser, band leader and lead “horn” in this tal­ented quin­tet, Kinsella has the chops and the sense of ad­ven­ture of a jazz in­stru­men­tal­ist . She weaves her own lyrics, bits of tra­di­tional scat, frag­ments of po­etry and a reper­toire of shrieks and moans into the fab­ric of the mu­sic, which is a crisp, con­tem­po­rary take on Dave Hol­land and Steve Cole­man. Dubliner Colm O’Hara’s in­tel­li­gent trom­bone play­ing is the per­fect foil to Kinsella’s feather-light voice, and the sure-footed rhythm sec­tion of Ed­in­burgh pi­anist Tom Gibbs, Water­ford bassist Mick Coady and Lon­don drum­mer Simon Roth knows ex­actly when to push and pull. di­a­tribe.ie

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