Jazz

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

CUAR Roscanna ★★★★ Raelach Records Clare bassist and flautist Neil Ó Lo­clainn, founder of the genre-bust­ing En­sem­ble Ériu, is part of a new generation of Ir­ish mu­si­cians who are trac­ing new paths be­tween tra­di­tional mu­sic and con­tem­po­rary im­pro­vi­sa­tion.

Roscanna, the first re­lease from his new cham­ber trio with clar­inet­tist Matthew Ber­rill and fid­dler Aoife Ní Bhri­ain, is an ex­pe­di­tion into un­charted ter­ri­tory: three young mu­si­cians – rooted in the Ir­ish tra­di­tion but with open minds and gen­er­ous frames of ref­er­ence that em­brace ev­ery­thing from south In­dian clas­si­cal to min­i­mal­ism to down­town jazz – find­ing their way over new ter­rain. This is not, nor does it seek to be, the last word on some jazz-meets-trad fu­sion; rather, it’s a long-awaited, ear-cran­ingly beau­ti­ful mis­sive from the new post-genre fron­tier. raelachrecords.com CORMAC LARLKIN

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