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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Simon Jermyn's Trot A Mouse (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2009) ***½

Very much in the same modern jazz style as Chris Speed and Jim Black, Irish bass and baritone guitarist Simon Jermyn just released his debut album, with Chris Speed on tenor and clarinet, Loren Stillman on alto, Sean Carpio on drums and Joachim Badenhorst on tenor and bass clarinet. The European musicians already played together on Red Rockett's Mitten, and the addition of the two New York reed players adds density and richness to the music, making it softer in the process, yet adding improvisational power. The compositions are nice, well-crafted and executed. Very promising debut.

Watch a Youtube clip of the band (without Chris Speed)

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