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Liquid Sunshine

by Organics

Ireland's leading hammond organ trio Organics have released their anticipated second album release entitled ‘Liquid Sunshine' it features a balance of original compositions by all three members. Visit: www.organicsmusic.com
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1. Liquid Sunshine
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2. Free Association
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3. Out of the Blue
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4. Azure
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5. Rubberlegs
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6. Rut
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7. Sprung
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8. Darkside
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9. They Say He Was the Ocean
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10. Songs of Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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‘Liquid Sunshine’ is the second album from Irish Hammond organ trio ORGANICS (Justin Carroll - Hammond Organ, Kevin Brady - Drums and John Moriarty - Guitar). With an internationally acclaimed debut album (New Light, 2005) under their belts (“One of the finest debut recordings” Record Collector Magazine 2005) ORGANICS recorded their second album with one of Germany\'s leading jazz sound engineers and it will be released through LRP Records.


Featuring a balance of original compositions by all three members, ‘Liquid Sunshine’ also includes some gems of the engaging and interesting arrangements this group has come to be known by, such as the classic Duke Ellington tune \'Azure\', and \'Songs of Love\', more commonly known as the theme tune to the popular TV series \' Father Ted\', written by Neil Hannon, front man with the orchestral pop group The Divine Comedy.


Organics, Ireland’s foremost Hammond organ jazz trio, have been performing and composing professionally since 1997. They have toured Ireland extensively and are regulars at the major music festivals in Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Belfast. Since 2001, Organics have opened for leading International groups such as Gil Scott-Heron in Vicar Street, Dublin, Swedish piano trio E.S.T, the legendary Herbie Hancock’s ‘Headhunters’ and electronic pioneer Bugge Wesseltoft at The 2005 Bud Rising Festival. The trio made their debut performance at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival in 2007. A regular feature of the Cork Jazz Festival since 1997, including performing as the house band for the jam session three years running, they were also critically acclaimed for their performance with Saxophonist Bobby Watson (Art Blakey + The Jazz Messengers) at the 2004 Cork Jazz festival.


One of the most exciting sounds to emerge from the Irish jazz scene, Organics have established a musical expression uniquely their own. The group features three of the country’s brightest jazz musicians, Justin Carroll (Hammond Organ), John Moriarty (Guitar) and Kevin Brady (Drums).


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The Sunday Independent

"Organics music is Graceful and Serene"
(LRP Records) Justin Carroll (Hammond C3 organ), John Moriarty (guitar) Kevin Brady (drums)
ORGAN-guitar-drums trios are strongly associated with the kind of thrusting, blues-drenched music popularised by Jimmy Smith and, more recently, Joey de Francesco. Organics takes a different approach. Graceful and serene, the Dublin group's playing gradually steals into the listener's consciousness rather than making an instantaneous impact. Carroll's technical mastery of the Hammond is used in the service of lyricism and melodic invention.
Moriarty, who makes guitars, as well as playing them, has long since emerged from the shadow of Louis Stewart to find his own voice. Kevin Brady, one of the busiest drummers in town, is a totally reliable timekeeper whose solos are sparing and tasteful. This is the trio's second album. It features compositions by each of the members, as well as Ellington's Azure and Neil Hannon's Songs Of Love. Among the originals, special mention must be made of John Moriarty's Rubberlegs and Justin Carroll's Sprung. Contributed by GRAINNE FARREN

EJAZZ NEWS

"Liquid Sunshine is certain to bring warmth and jazz cheer"
Review by John Stevenson

Liquid Sunshine is the sophomore effort of Ireland’s foremost jazz trio, the Organics. The group steers a steadily progressive course between the chitlin’ circuit inspired grooviness of folks like Lonnie Liston Smith and the more studied, cerebral textures of Larry Young. Guitarist John Moriarty, drummer Kevin Brady and Hammond C3 organist Justin Carroll, have again and again proven themselves to be among the most accomplished jazzmen of the Emerald Isle.


On the disc’s opener and CD title track, Moriarty, like a younger and reflective Jim Hall, plumbs the interstices between Brady’s muted brushes and high hats and Carroll’s tastily subdued C3 chords. The track in fact demonstrates one of the hallmarks of the Organics: subtlety. But they aren’t content to just lay in the cut. They can funk it up with the best of ‘em. “Free Association” flows along with a jaunty polyrhythmic pulse (and neat drum solo to boot!), as does “Rut”, throwing the accent yet again on Mr Brady’s infectious shuffle patterns and break beats.

The two exquisite waltzes of the set, “Sprung” and the closer “Songs of Love” (the theme tune of TV series 'Father Ted') demonstrate the ease with which the trio members trade musical ideas off each other. They also show great maturity on these two selections as well as the kind of telepathic musical communication one associates with the great jazz trios of the day. The ducal gem “Azure”, an Organics speciality, is given a heartfelt, dignified reading.

Recorded last in Germany year with impeccable audio engineering techniques, Liquid Sunshine is certain to bring warmth and jazz cheer. By John Stevenson

Jazzwise Magazine | U.K.

'Good rapport,contemporary,delicately ambient"
JAZZWISE MARCH 2009

****
Formed in 1997 this Irish Hammond trio have a good rapport
and a contemporary, delicately ambient take on the Wes Montgomery style. The version of the 'Father Ted' theme works too.

The Irish Times

" Organics ooze coolly assured relaxation"
Justin Carroll takes a more cerebral approach to the Hammond organ, which is exemplified on the second album from Organics, with John Moriarty (guitar) and Kevin Brady (drums). There's no hint of collard greens and blackeyed peas, so to speak, but the trio ooze coolly assured relaxation; Moriarty is even more fluent technically (and perhaps influenced by Louis Stewart) and Brady is on solid form. The star, though, is Carroll, whose wealth of ideas and capacity for building a solo to a natural climax are key factors in sparking the band's impact. Although a couple of performances (Out of the Blue and, especially, Azure) seem content merely to bask in a mood, they do go places with the atmospheric They Say He Was Ocean, which, with the more outgoing Sprung, Darkside and Songs of Love show the trio at their best. Sound quality, by the way, is beautiful. www.livingroom project.com

Record Collector Magazine

Organics display a finely-developed sense of musical empathy in their ensemble p
Liquid Sunshine (**** Living Room Project), the commendable second outing by Dublin-based trio, ORGANICS, featuring John Moriarty on guitar, organist Justin Carroll and drummer, Kevin Brady. All three band members display a finely-developed sense of musical empathy in their ensemble playing, which shines most of all on the jaunty groove, Free Association.

Journal Music of Ireland

"assured music, balanced and deceptively laid back"
Liquid Sunshine
Living Room Project LRP 003

The Hammond organ has a venerable jazz history. After its invention in 1934, its widespread adoption by African-American churches gave it rich, gospel overtones that carried into jazz and R&B in the 50s and 60s, when skilful improvisers such as Jimmy Smith and Brother Jack McDuff used the instrument’s warm sound and funky dynamics to create a bluesy, down-home genre that was equal parts bebop complexity, country soul and urban cool. That tradition was deepened by the great Larry Young, who assimilated the harmonics of John Coltrane to the instrument before the onslaught of electronic keyboards pushed the Hammond into abeyance in the 1970s.

Since the early 90s, the Hammond has re-entered the mainstream, both as a continuation of the soul-jazz groove and as an application of its unique palette of colours and textures to the exploration of new musical horizons. Organics is Ireland’s finest contribution to this tradition, and over the last decade this trio of Justin Carroll on Hammond C3, John Moriarty on guitar and Kevin Brady on drums has been a staple of the Irish jazz scene, pleasing audiences with a rousing offering of swinging, gospel-inspired tunes and more adventurous originals.

A product of the Living Room Project collective, Liquid Sunshine is the band’s second released recording. From the opening title track you know you are in the company of musicians who know each other well – this is music that is assured, balanced and deceptively laid back. Beneath the relaxed mood, anchored with great subtlety by Brady’s drumming, is a focused sense of collective purpose that frees Carroll and Moriarty to build solos that are always fluent and interesting. Like the US guitarist Peter Bernstein, Moriarty’s excursions are highly melodic, whereas Carroll, as in his piano work, prefers more oblique voicings. Together, they blend with unerring taste and real musical power.

The result is an album that takes its point of departure from the Smith-McDuff tradition, but arrives at a place closer to contemporary trios like those led by Larry Goldings and John Abercrombie, where a delicate touch and sophisticated harmonic interplay are more important than swirling histrionics. And the band’s writing supports such an approach. Moriarty’s tunes, such as ‘Rubberlegs’ and ‘Darkside’, tend to be the more straightforward, with sinuous melodies and deep blues feeling. Brady and Carroll contribute more off-centre pieces, the most interesting of which is the oddly titled ‘They Say He Was the Ocean’, featuring a brooding organ solo that is a good example of Carroll’s creative harmonic sense.

Mostly, however, this is a celebratory recording, and the excellent production values ensure that we are hearing what the musicians intended – music both cerebral and soulful that doesn’t fail to keep your feet tapping. by Kevin Stevens