Fintan O'Neill | In the Moment

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In the Moment

by Fintan O'Neill

"Finely executed and well played in all respects, this is a fine example of the genre of hard bop ." ~ Steve Loewy, All Music Guide.
Genre: Jazz: Hard Bop
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1. New York
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2. At the Main Event
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3. Mr Bennett
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4. There Is No Greater Love
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5. Miles to Go
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6. Let's Hit
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7. Splash
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8. Invitation
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Album Notes

“...pianist Fintan O’Neill played consistently inventive solos that sparkled or snapped as the mood demanded...” - Bob Blumental, Boston Globe. (From a
Harvard concert of David O’Rourke and Lewis Nash’s Celtic Jazz Collective.)

Pianist/Composer- Fintan O’Neill’s musical training started early,as he came from a musical family in his native Ireland(his mother, for example, sang operatic songs and played piano).After years of classical piano lessons(and a few years of tenor saxophone instruction) Fintan spent his college years playing in rock groups and found himself increasingly drawn to jazz.

The young pianist plunged full time into jazz studies and performance, and by 1987 he was a prize winner in the Jazz Piano category in the Dublin Music Festival Competition (Feis Ceoil). In1988, He began playing with the top Irish Jazz musicians in Dublin and was featured in the Tommy Halferty Trio at the Cork Jazz Festival.

Late in 1989, Fintan moved to New York City and began studies with several top New York pianists including Kenny Werner, James Williams and Larry willis. Shortly after that, Fintan began playing on the New York scene with many top players, including James Spaulding, Regina Carter, Steve Wilson, Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Larry Coryell, Art Baron, Don Sickler, Brian Lynch, Javon Jackson, Abraham Burton, Theodross Avery, Dwayne Broadnax, Essiet Essiet, Dennis Irwin, Bob Cranshaw, Billy Pierce, Tony Reedus, Jeremy Pelt, Bill Mobley, Billy Drummond, Steve Kroon, Allen Harris, John Ellis,
Al Harewood, David O’Rourke, Don Pate, Jed Levy, Mark Johnson, Dennis Mitcheltree, BIlly Johnson,et al.

Fintan’s debut album as a leader “In The Moment “on Amosaya records (AM-2530-CD) has received much critical acclaim from Jazz journalists, radio stations and the public alike.The album features three Jazz Messengers, BIlly Pierce, Brian Lynch,and Essiet Essiet with Mark Johnson and produced by James Williams.

Fintan’s arrangements have been featured at a number of concerts in Carnegie Hall’s
Weill Recital room.
Fintan is the featured pianist with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra under the direction of David O’Rourke and the Nelson Riddle family.

Fintan may be heard on a number of fine recordings including:

As a leader.
“In The Moment” - The Fintan O’Neill Quintet (Amosaya records AM-2530) available on

As a sideman.
“Aislinn” - David O’Rourke and Lewis Nash’s Celtic Jazz Collective, (Mapleshade)
“Under My Hat”- Patty Carpenter & Melissa Shetler (Epiphany)
“Spirit Level” - Hugh Buckley.



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John Owens

High energy!
I play this CD while riding in my car through town because it gives me an upbeat feel. I love all the tracks but especially 5 and 6. Fintan and the gang are a world class act!

bill dennehy

The Irish Strike Again!
This is a fantastic high energy album. I know of all the sidemen so I expected the, to me unknown Fintan O'Neill, to be pretty hot if he was playing with these guys and I was not disappointed. It's high energy and subtle recording of great depth.