It seemed like a good idea at the time. It was a good idea at the time. Ireland's best known jazz musicians, guitarist Louis Stewart and pianist Jim Doherty have played together since the days of the famous Irish show bands in the early 1960s and have recorded together on numerous projects, but the idea to record a duo album of the jazz standards they cherish has taken fifty years to move from seed to fruition. The simply titled Tunes also represents the debut release of Daire Winston's Beechpark Records label and was recorded mostly in single takes at Beechpark ...read more
Given that music is one of Ireland's principal exports--be it rock from Van Morrison to U2, or the folk music that has found legions of followers across the globe--it's striking that there are so few international Irish jazz stars. Maybe the craic" (and the porter) at those traditional sessions is so good that there's little incentive to lock yourself away learning jazz changes!
The major exception, of course, is guitarist Louis Stewart, a veteran of the '60s Irish jazz scene, who has played in the company of Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, and George Shearing. Stewart has largely followed a career ...read more