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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: November 8, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    Clap your hands say jazz

    Laurence Mackin

    For those, who like their music from the jazz end of the spectrum, it’s a good week to be in the capital. Tonight sees Madeleine Peyroux play the National Concert Hall. Peyroux’s music might be a touch too pop for some jazzers’ tastes, but she’s taken a more earthy approach on her latest album – perhaps all those years busking on the streets have rubbed off on her studio work. You can read an interview with her here.

    Most jazz fans will be clearing their diaries tomorrow night, with Dave Holland and Pepe Habichuela rolling into town. The paid need little introduction: Holland is a formidable double bass player, and has worked with almost every jazz luminary you care to mention – Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea to name just a handful. Pepe Habichuela has made a habit of crossing musical borders with spectacular effect. There is Yerbagüena, regarded as the first time Hindu music and flamenco have shared the same space, and now he is drawing on his gitano tradition to spar with Holland’s sublime bass grooves. Expect fireworks. And if you fancy winning a pair of tickets to the show, head over to promoter IMC’s Facebook page and get your Share on.

    Then on Saturday, the Robert Glasper Experiment will be showing off their chops in the Workmans Club. Glasper is one of the most exciting piano players in modern jazz, and regulary gets mentioned in the same breath as Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock. His calling card, though, is the hip hop grooves that underpin his tracks and set his music apart from the competition. I’ve a short interview with Glasper tomorrow in The Irish Times, but here’s a video of Glasper playing things a little straighter with his Trio.

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