“…piano solos are imaginative and richly varied.”

Sunday Independent Review // Grainne Farren // 1 April 2012

Lloyd’s right at home with rhythm

Greg Lloyd: Long Way Home (GLG)

Greg Lloyd (piano), Dave Redmond (bass), Kevin Brady (drums), Eddie McGinn (percussion).

Australian-born Greg Lloyd, now based in Ireland, has travelled the world soaking up musical influences. The result is an irresistible sense of rhythm, heard especially in a lilting medley by El Anka, a composer of Chaabi music from Algeria. The two tunes of the medley, Soubane Allah Yalatif/Hamdou Lil Allah Mabkash Istiaamar Fi Bledna are tremendously catchy and guaranteed to set hips swaying. The same can be said for the ever-popular Besame Mucho, by the Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velazquez.

These and Lloyd’s own compositions get great support from bass, drums and percussion. Since this CD was made, Eddie McGinn has been replaced by an even better percussionist, Frailan Moran from Cuba, who stirred up a storm at the group’s concert in the Project Arts Centre in February. The quartet will play in JJ Smyth’s on April 22.


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