Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

16

Christy Doran: In The Corner Of The Eye

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Celebrated Irish guitarist Christy Doran's penchant to keep reinventing his musical self is quite evident due to the disparate bands and solo projects he's undertaken for several decades. Whether imparting a jazz fusion spin on Jimi Hendrix with the band Call Me Helium Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix (Double Moon, 2005) or experimental jazz and improvisational efforts with keyboardist John Wolf Brennan and other notables, Doran's hefty discography yields a kaleidoscopic perspective.

The program on In The Corner of the Eye contains ten pristinely recorded tracks of solo excursions and duets with distinguished progressive jazz and improvisational artists. It's a whirlwind ride, launched by Doran's frantic and sometime maddening acoustic guitar exposition "Solomutation," textured with delay devices via the momentum of a soaring spacecraft, and often sweetened with a few melodic intervals. But a change of seasons prevails on a per-track basis. For example, on "The Warm Up" he delves into a spunky free-bop exposition with trombonist Ray Anderson. Otherwise, the guitarist spins the Irish traditional piece "She Moved Through the Fair," into a Hendrix-like epic, complete with crunching distortion techniques and gut-wrenching single note leads.

Doran unites with reedman Marty Ehrlich on the airy "Celtic Ballad," then knocks it out of the park with Ehrlich amid a blues-boogie vamp on "Beyond Words." Surprises abound as the leader exuberantly displays his extremely broad music vernacular, including a hybrid Americana free-zone workout during "Lou Yuri." The guitarist closes the festivities with Swiss reedman Urs Leimgruber on "Spirale (edited version)." Here, the duo ventures into an avant-garde vista, complete with Leimgruber's sound-shaping mechanics, performed on soprano sax and heightened by the leader's wily EFX treatments that basically accentuate the bizarre progressions. Hence, Doran sets his sights upon diverse trajectories with changeable patterns, diffuse song-forms and deeply personalized takes on jazz and other genres, embedded into the core improvisational foundation that underscores this exhilarating set.

Track Listing: Solomutation; The Warm Up; She Moved Through the Fair; Seven Shadows; Switches, no Cuts; Celtic Ballad; In the Corner of the Eye; Beyond Words; Lou Yuri; Spirale (edited version)

Personnel: Christy Doran: acoustic & electric guitars, delay devices on all tracks; Ray Anderson: trombone (2); Marty Ehrlich: clarinet & tenor saxophone (6, 8); Urs Leimgruber: soprano saxophone (10); Hank Roberts: cello (4, 9).

Title: In The Corner Of The Eye | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Hatology

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
144 Strings For A Broken Chord

144 Strings For A...

Between the Lines
2018

buy
Âme Sèche

Âme Sèche

Leo Records
2018

buy
Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque

Between the Lines
2016

buy
XL Target

XL Target

Unit Records
2014

buy

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read East Of The River Nile Album Reviews
East Of The River Nile
By Chris May
February 23, 2019
Read VOX Album Reviews
VOX
By Friedrich Kunzmann
February 23, 2019
Read live@ZKM Album Reviews
live@ZKM
By Bruce Lindsay
February 23, 2019
Read cinder: ember: ashes Album Reviews
cinder: ember: ashes
By Glenn Astarita
February 23, 2019
Read Amour Album Reviews
Amour
By Doug Collette
February 23, 2019
Read Friendly Signs Album Reviews
Friendly Signs
By Don Phipps
February 22, 2019
Read The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes Album Reviews
The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes
By Roger Farbey
February 22, 2019