One Day in Winter (Black Stairs Records)
Carole Nelson (piano, soprano saxophone), Cormac O’Brien (bass), Dominic Mullen (drums).
Carole Nelson is best known as half of the duo Zrazy, playing alto and soprano sax with vocalist Maria Walsh. Here she concentrates on piano on all the tracks except one: The Sky Darkens, where she plays a soprano sax solo. Nine of the ten tracks are her own compositions.
She is a lyrical pianist, and the music flows along at a leisurely pace, seldom getting above mid-tempo. The winter theme is illustrated by evocative titles like Low Light Through Bare Trees, Cold Rushing River and Stories By The Fire. Two tracks, Snow is Falling and The Sky Darkens, feature spoken verses above the music, recalling the 1960s fashion for jazz and poetry. O’Brien and Mullen provide subtle and sensitive backing, and there is a strong rapport between the three musicians.
The album will be launched in Arthur’s Bar on Thursday 16 November, when the Carole Nelson Trio will play as part of a double bill with the David Berkman Trio.
Review by Grainne Farren.