By GRAINNE FARRENSunday August 28 2011
"HAVE a good time," exclaimed Linley Hamilton in JJ Smyth's last Sunday night. As an exhortation it was unnecessary, since everyone was already having a ball. In fact, it was the name of a tune by Paul Simon, and the quartet went on to play it in ebullient style.The occasion was the launch of a new CD by the Belf ast trumpeter with Johnny Taylor (piano), Dan Bodwell (bass) and Dominic Mullen (drums). Alternat ing between trumpet and flugelhorn, Hamilton led the quartet in a variety of contrasting numbers , including Vincent Youmans' Without a Song, Abbey Lincoln's Throw It Away and Woody Shaw's Rose wood.
This Can't Be Love, with a witty, incongruous quote from The Flintstones, was followed by a brooding Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?. The romantic mood , which continued with My Heart's Desire, gave way to a Latin-tinged Happy People, then retur ned for an encore, My Romance. The rapport between trumpet/ flugelhorn and piano w as remarkable, while bass and drums propelled the group forward without ever seeking to dominate it.
Most of the tunes they played on Sunday night are o n the new CD, which is called Taylor Made After Johnny. Linley Hamilton is full of praise for the g ifted British pianist/arranger, whose reputation is growing fast since he moved to Dublin. The album, o n Lyte Records, is a must for any collection, and was selling very well in JJ's.
For those who were n ot there, it is available on www.lyterecords.com. Linley Hamilton returns to Dublin next Thursday nig ht as part of a backing group for Cormac Kenevey (vocals) in the John Field Room. Jim Doherty and Br endan Doyle play a Friday lunchtime concert in the same venue. - GRAINNE FARREN Originally published in Sunday Independant