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Togetherness- Dublin

With just a handful of gigs under their belt, Togetherness were among the highlights of this years 12 Points! Festival, but it's players will be familiar to anyone with a keen eye on the Dublin jazz scene, and its also a bellwether of the strength in jazz composition to be found in Ireland today.

Setting aside the Hammond B3 and returning to the piano has stimulated some exemplary small group writing from Justin Carroll, characterized by shifts in meter, and performed by five musicians who clearly enjoy unpicking his rhythmic knots.

Tenor saxophonist Michael Buckley now seems to have few impediments to melodic expression every time he plays, and he shares the stand here with a real voice for the future in fellow tenorman Matthew Halpin, while word is seeping out in the global jazz community about drummer Sean Carpio, and Simon Jermyn is evolving a very personal concept of the electric bass.

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