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Common Ground

by Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers

Leading Irish drummer Kevin Brady releases his debut album featuring the U.S. pianist & composer Bill Carrothers. ( Selected as one of the Top 20 albums of 2007 by & highly recommended by All About Jazz | New York).
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. By Myself
Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers
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2. Waterbabies
Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers
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3. Red Cross
Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers
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4. Origin
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5. Daisy
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6. Goodbye Mr.Munch
Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers
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7. Bemsha Swing
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8. Yesterdays
Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers
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9. Little Niles
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Album Notes
The Kevin Brady Trio features the U.S. composer & pianist Bill Carrothers, one of the most lyrical and individual voices in jazz today and One of Ireland's most in demand double-bassist's Dave Redmond.

With four tours and a successful CD under their belt the groups debut album entitled ' Common Ground ' has been receiving critical acclaim both nationally & Internationally. " One of the best album releases of 2008 ' Jazz Review Magazine (U.K.).

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"Brady is one of the young guns of the irish jazz scene, his work is varied and
Jazzwise Magazine | March 2008

Drummer Brady is one of the young guns of the irish jazz scene, having studied in the States and with the London Guildhall, while he and the similarly educated bassist Redmond also form the two-thirds of the Phil Ware trio. Here, the sound is heavily influenced by the harmonically inventive and rhythmically alert US pianist Carrothers who visits Ireland far more often than the UK, which is a shame.

A couple of jazz-associated evergreens and a standard each from Parker, Monk, Randy Weston and Wayne Shorter all get inventive and sometimes surprising treatments, while a song in neither category - 'Daisy', showing Carrothers's interest in World War One period material - briefly features electronics and distorted voice (doubtless the pianist himself).

The two originals are ballads each from Redmond and Brady, the latter a highlight of the entire album but both are greatly enhanced by Carrothers and blend in well with the surrounding programme. The somewhat Scofield-esque Moriarty is on two thirds of the tracks. Though the leader doesn't draw attention to himself, his work is varied and constantly stimulating.

Review by Brian Priestley.

Jazz Review Magazine |Mike Rogers

\" One of the best albums I\'ve heard this year \"
Jazz Review
This is a very good album indeed. The Irish players are by no means dwarfed by US star Bill Carrothers, and all of them make great contributions to a programme of material by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Parker, Monk and two band originals. The pianist is rapidly making a name in Europe and in the U.S. and his melodic and at times spare playing leaves lots of room for Redmond\'s dark bass and Moriarty\'s lithe guitar, not to mention the drummer\'s imaginative drumming and soloing. There is a wonderful balance of tempi and styles here. \'Red Cross\' by Charlie Parker is fast up tempo bop using unison guitar and piano lines. \'By Myself\' is barely recognisable, save in parts as the sad lonely song it is. They give it an ethereal feel while Wayne Shorter\'s \"Waterbabies\" is a mysterious sounding theme. And what is the old warhorse \"Daisy\" doing here? - a strange comedy treatment, with free overtones.Overall the album sounds like a working group whose members are comfortable with each other and are prepared to see what happens and go where the music leads. One of the best albums I\'ve heard this year.Contributed by Mike Rogers

The Sunday Independent

"Carrothers lyrical approach on piano fits musical bill"
Bill Carrothers, an American pianist based in Michigan,has made a number of visits to this country(Ireland),and it was good to hear him again last Wednesday night in the Mermaid Arts Centre,Bray with Kevin Brady(Drums) and Dave Redmond (Double-Bass).The group touring Ireland has reached the stage of integration and togetherness that comes with regular collaboration.Beginning with Church of the Open Air, a Carrothers original with hymn like harmonies, the group played a richly varied programmes that took in 12 -bar blues,percussive be-bop,romantic songs such as Cole Porter's So In Love, and the jocular Waltz Macabre. The pianist's lyrical approach brought out the utmost best in slow,moody numbers,and his own compositions showed a quirky individuality that clearly appealed to the two Irish musicians.Redmond's bass work was nimble and tasty,while Brady proved himself a Master of light and shade on the drums.Common Ground(LRP) A new CD by Kevin Brady Trio plus John Moriarty (guitar) Highlights include Charlie Parker's Red Cross, Wayne Shorter's Water Babies, Brady's Godbye Mr Munch and Dave Redmond's - Origin.. Put it on your list of Christmas presents to yourself

Reviewer Grainne Farren

Jazz Special | Cim Meyer

Det er ikke et kæmpe tromme-ego Kevin Brady har behov for at vise frem som
orkesterleder. Tværtimod er hans trommespil fint og diskret understøttende på
denne skive med et alsidigt men absolut sammenhæn- gende repertoire og udtryk,
der både er moderne og pe-ger bagud. Det er trioen med amerikanske Bill Carrothers
– som spiller dejligt rapso-disk piano – der har fat i den lange ende. Gennemgående
bassist er Dave Redmond, som spiller fuldtonet og solidt. Andre trio-konstellationer er
med John Moriarty, hvis gui-tarspil nogle gange hænger fast i banale fraser. Midterste
nummer er med elektronisk manipuleret el-piano og senere kommer et analogt manipuleret
piano. Det giver god afveksling. Men det er i en langsom udgave af Jerome Kerns klassiske
bal-lade Yesterdays at gruppen får mest fat i denne lytter.

Ray Comiskey

Carrothers doesn't do coasting and, to their credit, neither do this trio.
Irish Times Review 2007

Carrothers is such a major talent, it's not surprising the pianist had such a galvanising impact on drummer Kevin Brady's trio (with Dave Redmond on bass and John Moriarty on guitar) when they toured earlier this year. It's evident in the resultant studio recording; in the wryly imaginative recasting of By Myself; in the inventive quartet treatments of Bemsha Swing and Little Niles, especially the way the waltz's bridge section is used; in the gorgeous piano intro to the ballad, Goodbye Mr Munch, with possibly the best guitar solo of the album; and in the stunning piano solo on Red Cross's venerable rhythm changes. Above all there are two rather special trio performances: Wayne Shorter's other-worldly Waterbabies and a sublime Yesterdays. Carrothers doesn't do coasting and, to their credit, neither do this trio. contributed by RAY COMISKEY

Record Collector | Charles Waring

"Includes a great version of the Shorter tune Waterbabies"
'Common Ground' by the Kevin Brady Trio includes a great version of the Wayne Shorter tune Waterbabies showcasing the guest pianist Bill Carrothers. This album is in a totally different vein from recent new releases"

The Sunday Tribune | Cormac Larkin

"One of the most dynamic forces in Irish jazz over the last few years"
Dublin based drummer Kevin Brady has been one of the most dynamic forces in Irish jazz over the last few years, as the founder of the Living Room Project Music Collective and the rhythmic force behind two of the country's leading trios - Organics and the Phil Ware Trio. Recently he has begun to lead his own groups, and particularly to collaborate with front rank U.S. pianist Bill Carrothers. The result is this assured debut, with a set that ranges from standards to Wayne Shorter's Waterbabies,showcasing both Brady's deep connection with bassist Dave Redmond and the quirky brilliance of one of America's finest pianists.

The Journal Music of Ireland | Kevin Stevens

" A recording remarkably coherent & subtle with a high standard of musicianship"
Common Ground
LRP Music, LRP002

Among the notable features of the Irish jazz scene in recent years has been the emergence of several outstanding keyboard trios, including the Phil Ware Trio and Organics, both of which are rhythmically anchored by drummer Kevin Brady. Last year, Brady’s own trio rose to prominence with two national tours bracketed around the release of Common Ground, a recording remarkable for its coherence, subtlety, and high standard of musicianship.
These virtues are the product of many factors, including Brady’s smooth combination of power and melodicism, guitarist John Moriarty’s lucid lines and delicate accents, and the assured interplay between Brady and bassist Dave Redmond. But it is the presence of veteran pianist Bill Carrothers that provides musical focus for these strengths and gives the CD its unique voice and clear sense of identity.
Carrothers’ fluency and harmonic invention inform all nine tunes, an inspired and varied set ranging from Charlie Parker and Tiny Grimes’ early bebop classic ‘Red Cross’ to Brady’s clever ballad ‘Goodbye Mr Munch’.
Brady has said that performing and recording with Carrothers has broadened his horizons musically, and certainly the pianist’s spare, intimate style and deep fund of ideas have helped give this recording an impressive inventive breadth. The spirit of Miles Davis hovers over much of the material, especially the cool, exploratory mid-sixties Miles, whose quintet balanced abstraction and blues feeling so effectively. Wayne Shorter did most of the writing for that band, and a Shorter piece from the period, ‘Waterbabies’, is one of the standout tunes on Common Ground, stark and cinematic and highly atmospheric.
Such is the force of Carrothers’ innovative urges that even the standards on this recording, ‘By Myself’ and Jerome Kern’s ‘Yesterdays’, are brooding, inquisitive treatments, full of collective musical scrutiny and steady surprise. ‘Bemsha Swing’ truly does swing, with Brady’s highly creative, melodic drumming driving the tune with humour and panache. Redmond’s ‘Origin’ opens with a forceful statement on bass that resolves into a collective free passage of great taste and delicacy. Moriarty supplies force and colour throughout and delivers sterling solos on ‘Goodbye Mr Munch’ and the Randy Weston waltz ‘Little Niles’.
Carrothers has played a lot with the American drummer Bill Stewart and, like Stewart, Brady has an expansive palette, terrific technique, and an unerring sense of musical structure. With these commanding individual gifts and his close feel for whatever ensemble he is supporting, it is apparent why Brady has become a key part of so many successful small groups. And as the CD is produced by the Livingroom Project Music Collective (, founded by Brady, we can also add producer to the range of talents he brings to a project. Let’s hope we see many more like Common Ground.