In Cahoots

4 stars

MANY of the pieces on Paul Williamson’s seventh album as leader were conceived while he was based in Ireland, but don’t expect them to evoke rolling green hills.

The strength of purpose in this outing comes as no surprise given the trumpeter’s five vigorous quintet albums.

In Cahoots is propelled compellingly by Marc Hannaford (piano), Sam Zerna (double bass) and James McLean (drums).

Hannaford’s variations, mastery and elegance perfectly match the moods of the horn — its mellow musings, larrikin playfulness and shimmying, soaring and blazing sinuosity — while Zerna underpins the piano’s drive.

It’s gripping and enthralling to hear Inside Out colluding, collaborating and conspiring on In Cahoots.

File between: Jason Moran, Scott Tinkler

Download: Shop and Gargle, Silent Disco


This review appeared in the Play liftout of Melbourne’s Sunday Herald Sun on May 1, 2011

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