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Albums Not Listings

Since we can't enjoy live music just at the moment, buying an album from an Irish artist is a great way to find some music to lift your spirits in these dark days, and to support artists. Most artists have lost the majority of their income due to the COVID-19 crisis, because of concerts cancelled. Scroll down to find some great albums from Irish artists which could be your next favourite album to listen to at home.  

Buying directly from artists' websites, Irish labels like Diatribe, Ergodos, Heresy, Raelach, Farpoint etc., or from Bandcamp is the best way to ensure that your money goes directly to support Irish musicians. 

Artists, if you have albums you would like us to share please send us a link to admin [at] improvisedmusic [dot] ie. We'll be sharing links to artists' work as much as we can during this period. 

IMC cannot guarantee listings if we do not receive accurate information to the email above. We may not be able to list every album received immediately if submissions are high. We may not be able to list an album if it is not appropriate to our listings. 

Linley Hamilton 'For the Record'

Linley Hamilton 'For the Record'

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Enjoyable proof that the hard-bop flame is still burning brightly in the 21st century

Zrazy 'The Art of Happy Accidents'

Zrazy 'The Art of Happy Accidents'

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A blend of smooth jazz, cocktail lounge soul and funk that’s infused with dance-come-electronica textures and rhythms – topped with lithe and enchanting vocals....'It's one hell of a brew.....from a class act..' 

Ben Prevo Band 'It's About Time'

Ben Prevo Band 'It's About Time'

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Sweet, melodic, soulful songs and instrumental compositions featuring world-class musicianship.

Makiwara 'Multidimensional'

Makiwara 'Multidimensional'

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A driving force of in-the-moment creativity, risks and meditative states.

Linley Hamilton 'Making Other Arrangements'

Linley Hamilton 'Making Other Arrangements'

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A unique collaboration between Hamilton and Cian Boylan, with compositions from Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Freddie Hubbard, James Taylor and Michel Legrand.

Karl Clews 'Dissident'

Karl Clews 'Dissident'

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Fighting the established preconceptions of what a bass should sound like, using only 4-string electric basses and percussion.

√ĄTSCH 'Live at Arthur's'

√ĄTSCH 'Live at Arthur's'

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Instrumental music in the spirit of exciting jazz improvisation within the sound aesthetics of modern day post-rock.

Sue Rynhart

Sue Rynhart

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“Songs that sound at once ancient and modern." - [Irish Times]

Kevin Brady Trio

Kevin Brady Trio

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‘This group are prepared to see what happens and go where the music leads. One of the best albums I’ve heard this year’. [Jazz Review]

Fuzzy Logic Ensemble 'Mouthpiece'

Fuzzy Logic Ensemble 'Mouthpiece'

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"Among the most daring and original musical ensembles working in Ireland today." [Sunday Tribune]

Meilana Gillard 'Dream Within a Dream'

Meilana Gillard 'Dream Within a Dream'

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"a gutsy, inventive player with a forceful melodic sense and an open, old-school tenor sound." [Irish Times]

Alarmist 'Sequesterer'

Alarmist 'Sequesterer'

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Frenetic percussion, clanging guitars and vaporous synths, Alarmist absorb faded relics of retro-futurism and bygone musical eras into their own new and twistingly melodic musical language.

Aleka

Aleka

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"Hip cosmopolitan sounds... a borderless, trans-national flavour, liberally spiced with bossa nova, downtown jazz, outlier pop, art rock and free improv” [Irish Times]

ReDiviDeR 'Mere Nation'

ReDiviDeR 'Mere Nation'

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“a striking musical collage…recommended for those generally disposed to imaginative, genre-bending music” [All About Jazz]
Remember there's 20% off all Diatribe Records releases with the code DIACOV 

Paul Dunlea Group

Paul Dunlea Group

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Melodic and groove driven music fusing influences of Jazz harmony, pop, funk and R&B.

Cian Boylan & Cormac Kenevey 'Velvet Lounge'

Cian Boylan & Cormac Kenevey 'Velvet Lounge'

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Timeless music ranging from Ray Charles to Michael Buble, in unique lounge style versions.

Charlie Moon Organization

Charlie Moon Organization

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Named “Rising Star” of jazz by The Irish Times in 2018.

Tommy Halferty Trio 'Station Midi'

Tommy Halferty Trio 'Station Midi'

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Leader of jazz guitar improvisation joins forces with powerful jazz rhythm section Dave Redmond on double-Bass and Kevin Brady drums.

Katharine Timoney 'Guilty Sin'

Katharine Timoney 'Guilty Sin'

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A smooth and incredibly flexible voice, blending cabaret-style jazz singing with a winning openness of expression.

Zeropunkt

Zeropunkt

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Para-psychedelic improvisation: fusing free psychedelia, free jazz, no wave, noise, neo-kraut

Eris136199

Eris136199

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“Exquisitely constructed, spontaneously messed-up, endless depth, kind of like letting an insane brain surgeon in through your ear.” [A Jazz Noise]

Robocobra Quartet 'Plays Hard to Get'

Robocobra Quartet 'Plays Hard to Get'

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Mining influence from jazz, hardcore punk and contemporary classical music, Robocobra Quartet sound like little else.

Jennifer McMahon 'Part of the Whole'

Jennifer McMahon 'Part of the Whole'

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Vocalist Jennifer McMahon's debut is s an homage to those loved and lost while simultaneously inviting us to move forward, with love.

Shane Latimer

Shane Latimer

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Irish guitarist and electronic pioneer Shane Latimer in improvisatory explorations.

UMBRA

UMBRA

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Umbra effortlessly move between the rich harmonic world of contemporary jazz , the cyclical grooves of bands like Aphex Twin and Meshuggah, all played with the energy of a punk rock band.

Paddy Groenland 'Nativism'

Paddy Groenland 'Nativism'

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This debut CD addresses Groenland’s own mixed heritage and such global influences as African music, American jazz, European folk melodies and modern soundscapes

Simon Jermyn 'Sooner

Simon Jermyn 'Sooner

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Bassist, guitarist and composer Simon Jermyn, a staple Brooklyn NY creative music scene

Spirit Spout

Spirit Spout

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New composition, jazz, ambient and electronic music are all present but remain resistant to categorization

Acton Bell 'You don't know what love is'

Acton Bell 'You don't know what love is'

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St. Simeon & the Stylites

St. Simeon & the Stylites

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Noises with stringed and thumpable instruments. 

Selk 'Beast'

Selk 'Beast'

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Anna Jordan and Dennis Cassidy's atmospheric vocals and drum duo.

Greg Lloyd Group 'Long Way Home'

Greg Lloyd Group 'Long Way Home'

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Unorthodox, original, instrumental music led by pianist Greg Llyod. 

Shane Latimer 'Catch and Release'

Shane Latimer 'Catch and Release'

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Solo album from guitarist Shane Latimer at the cutting edge of creative and technical exploration in modern music making

Fixity 'No Man Can Tell'

Fixity 'No Man Can Tell'

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Experimental, improvised music from Fixity, led by percussionist and composer Dan Walsh.

Raimonda 'Blue Moon'

Raimonda 'Blue Moon'

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A tale that will warm your heart and fill your soul with nostalgia.

Rhythm Method 'By the Bye'

Rhythm Method 'By the Bye'

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A cohesive sound which explores the possibilities of minimalism, groove, free improvisation and odd meters,with a focus on lyricism and musicality over extended forms.