New Light is a straightforward disc of gospel and blues-inspired numbers. The Irish Organics organ trio, which has been together since 1997, is far from radical, but it delivers the goods consistently on these tasteful and restrained performances.
As is to be expected, Justin Carroll's Hammond organ is the focus of the proceedings. Carroll effectively reveals the multidimensional charms of his instrument, letting it wail strikingly at full throttle during the climax of "New Light. Drummer Kevin Brady skillfully shifts from Latin-styled beats to soft brushwork. "Postman Pat gives him the opportunity to lay down a skittering, full-bodied solo. For the most part, guitarist John Moriarty is on hand to add subtle accents. He contributes a fine, murmuring solo to the pretty ballad "Rejections. Another highlight is the Brady-penned "Elysian Fields, in which the trio works around a tightly coiled, insistent melody, inspiring quicksilver statements from each player.
If it doesn't inspire any revelations, New Light is pleasingly solid throughout. Carroll, Moriarty and Brady are skilled musicians with an obvious rapport, and their disc is a fine display of craft and assured soul.
Track Listing: According To John; New Light; Postman Pat; Rejections; Pound; Down Hoe; Angelas Kitchen;
Elysian Fields; Give Up The Cake.
Personnel: John Moriarty: guitar; Justin Carroll: Hammond organ; Kevin Brady: drums.
The first jazz record I received
as a visiting gift from my
Japanese uncle at his
international division of
Toshiba EMI Tokyo was a
sample copy of Miles Davis'
Bitches Brew. A game
changer redirecting my
browsing habits and collection.