Point of De­par­ture ★★★ Self-Re­leased

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

Emerg­ing Belfast pi­anist Scott Flani­gan has been making a name for him­self as a side man over the last few years, in­clud­ing ap­pear­ances with de­mand­ing taskmas­ters like Van Mor­ri­son and Nigel Mooney, and in his down time he has earned him­self a mas­ter’s de­gree from Dublin In­sti­tute of Tech­bol­ogy. The pi­anist’s first salvo un­der his own name is a clas­sic pi­ano trio al­bum, with fel­low Belfast man Steve Davis on drums and Clare-born bassist Neil O’Loghlen in fine and sup­port­ive form. Through­out the set – a mix of in­tel­li­gent orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions and deftly re-ar­ranged stan­dards – the in­flu­ence of Brad Mehldau is most dis­cernible (and frankly ac­knowl­edged by Flani­gan), but there is enough here to sug­gest the Belfast pi­anist may yet make a state­ment of his own. scot­tflani­

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