The Liam Sillery Quintet: Minor Changes (2005)
"For Jane" follows the opener. It's a mid-tempo beauty with, again, some fine soling, and the rhythm teampianist Jesse Stacken, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Richard Huntleyshines on an extended turn.
For those who grew up on the sixties mainstream sounds by the likes of Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley, Art Blakey, and a hundred other Blue Note artists, Sillery's approach sounds familiar yet freshfor example, the trumpeter trading solos with the tenor man, the bouncing rhythms. Sillery wrote all of the tunes except Billy Preston's "You Are So Beautiful" (made famous by Joe Cocker). His horn sounds a tad fragile here, achingly, and befittingly so. It's a beautiful tune, treated well by the band, with a pint-of-ale-in-the-hand, look-you-in-the-eye confessional feeling.
Sillery and the quintet finish up with "Dial D For Dial," a bright romp, with the rhythm team kicking things forward behind the trumpeter; and again, Sills comes in with a relatively restrained but still burning turn of his own.
A fine debut.
Visit Liam Sillery on the web.
Track Listing: Minor Changer; For jane; Tery's Blues; Prana; Cecil's Bridge; You Are So Beautiful; Dial D For Dial.
Personnel: Liam Sillery: trumet/flugelhorn; David Sills: tenor saxopone; Jesse Stacken: piano; Thomas Morgan: bass; Richard Huntley: drums.
Record Label: OA2 Records