Well '23 has well and truly been kicked off! Aren't Blakey, the cheekily named sextet put together by Dublin-based Australian Doctor of Music and saxophonist Daniel Rorke, played a night of Blakey tunes, mostly from the pens of Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard...full-on, no-prisoners taken, Jazz Messengers hard-bop belters, like One by One, the Core, Children of the Night, Crisis and Free for All... the room was jumping!
A forty-seater with a full sextet of piano, bass and drums and a front line of trumpet, sax and trombone where the bells of the instruments were almost touching the heads of those sitting in the front row. Scott Flanigan, the general on piano, Kevin Brady holding the hot seat on drums and Cormac O'Brien the rock on bass, with our Linley smoldering on trumpet, Paul Dunlea tearing it up on trombone and Daniel Rorke articulating his tenor through intricate heads and raging solos. It was mighty...three doctors of jazz and a band full of educators with Kevin Brady, who's last album made it to the list of top ten jazz albums of 2022, by the American Downbeat Magazine! Yeah baby!! This is what it's all about!