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David Lyttle

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Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "one of the best, robust listening experiences you're likely to have all year" and by the Independent as "the best in jazz coming out of Ireland today", MOBO Award-nominated David Lyttle shifts seamlessly between the personas of jazz drummer, recording artist, composer/songwriter, producer and record label owner. Starting out as a child performer at the age of four with his family band, he first reached a national audience as a jazz performer in the band of legendary guitarist Louis Stewart, before going on to perform around the world and develop associations with jazz icons Joe Lovano, Jason Rebello and Jean Toussaint, and hip hop visionaries Talib Kweli and Soweto Kinch

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Article: The Big Question

Is There Really Only One Guitar And Drums Duo Album in Jazz History?

Read "Is There Really Only One Guitar And Drums Duo Album in Jazz History?" reviewed by Ian Patterson


A veritable mountain of duo albums color jazz history. Vocal and piano duos abound. Think Ella Fitzgerald and Ellis Larkins, Tony Bennet and Bill Evans, or Carmen McRae and George Shearing for starters. Guitar and piano duos? Plenty of those too. Jim Hall and Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass spring to mind. ...

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IN2

Label: Lyte Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Lullaby For Strange Times; Out Of This World; Camels; Darn That Dream; I Should Care; After The Flood; Astral; Septembertime.

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Article: Album Review

RBG Trio: RBG Trio

Read "RBG Trio" reviewed by Ian Patterson


From small acorns and all that. A Dublin gig in 2019 brought Ohio-raised, Derry-based saxophonist Meilana Gillard into the orbit of bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady. That became the springboard for an ongoing collaboration, pandemic be damned, that celebrates their mutual commitment with this fine debut album. All but two of the twelve straight-ahead ...

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Article: Album Review

David Lyttle & Phil Robson: IN2

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The title of drummer David Lyttle and guitarist Phil Robson's debut duo album is as direct and uncluttered as the music contained herein. Equally divided between time-honored standards and stylistically sympathetic originals--three by the Lyttle and one by Robson--the duo's straight-ahead, tradition-grounded language is perhaps a departure from their more genre-fluid work, particularly Lyttle's hip-hop filtered, ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz Promotion Network Conference 2022

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Jazz Promotion Network Conference 2022 The MAC jny: Belfast, Northern Ireland November 3-4, 2022 Jazz Promotion Network's (JPN) annual conference saw over one hundred delegates gather at Belfast's Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC) for two days of talks, exchange of ideas and music showcases (see separate article). Founded around a decade ...

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Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2022

Read "Brilliant Corners 2022" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Brilliant Corners 2022 The Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 4-12, 2022 Brilliant Corners is ten. Belfast's onliest jazz festival celebrated the milestone by welcoming audiences back to The Black Box after 2021's virtual edition. When Brilliant Corners was last held here before a live audience, in March 2020, Covid ...

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Murrays Law

Label: Lyte Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: On The Cusp; Moscow; Solitude; I Want To Believe; Little Steps; Right Side Of Up; Clarity.

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Article: Interview

Murray Brothers: A Law Unto Themselves

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They are two of the most promising jazz musicians to have emerged from Ireland in some years. Bassist Conor Murray and twin brother Micheal Murray (alto saxophone) grew up with Irish traditional music in the small, Gaeltacht—Gaelic-speaking—town of Falcarragh, in County Donegal. Both discovered jazz in their early teens and have been regulars at the annual ...

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Article: Album Review

Murray Brothers: Murrays Law

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Irish twins Connor Murray (bass) and Micheal Murray (alto saxophone) live by their own law. Murrays Law. It dictates that what can happen at the last minute will happen at the last minute. Yet their trajectory, since transitioning from Irish traditional music to jazz in their early teens, seems not so much cobbled together as carefully ...


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