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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

The Easy Club – Chance or Design

(REL Records, RELS 479, 1985)

An absolutely gorgeous album which blends Scottish folk music with a Django-esque jazziness. The virtuosity of the playing and singing is easily understood when the line-up is made up of Jack Evans, John Martin, Rod Paterson and Jim Sutherland, but the sum is, if anything, greater than its parts. There’s a real musical alchemy in this album, all the way from the opening gentle swing of “Black is the Colour” (a version I prefer to Cara Dillon’s rather more famous recording) to the album’s final track, Jim Sutherland’s technically stunning bodhran solo.

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