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Ensam is the latest album release from One of Ireland's leading jazz musician's Kevin Brady, featuring new & exciting original compositions by Brady and remarkable performances by the legendary Norma Winstone on vocals & U.S. pianist Bill Carrothers
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  Song Share Time Download
1. How the Other Half Lives
Kevin Brady
7:22 $1.29
2. Checkpoint Charlie
Kevin Brady
4:35 $1.29
3. Ensam
Kevin Brady
6:15 $1.29
4. Just at Sunset
Kevin Brady
4:54 $1.29
5. Libertine
Kevin Brady
8:38 $1.29
6. Yoopers
Kevin Brady
2:10 $1.29
7. But Not for Me
Kevin Brady
2:40 $1.29
8. Southern Smiles
Kevin Brady
4:01 $1.29
9. The Night We Called It a Day
Kevin Brady
6:13 $1.29
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Album Notes
One of the most interesting & unique jazz trios to have emerged in the last ten years is the International collaboration between Irish jazz musician Kevin Brady, U.S. pianist/composer Bill Carrothers & bassist Dave Redmond. Brady will release his third studio album entitled ‘ENSAM’ on LRP Records in May 2016. The record features exciting & original compositions penned by Brady and remarkable arrangements of standards such as The Night we called it A Day, But not for me & the Keith Jarrett composition entitled Southern Smiles.

Ensam Features special guest vocalist the legendary Norma Winstone on four of the tracks. Brady formed the trio in 2007 with a clear aim of creating and producing new Contemporary jazz and the impact of this was immediate. Their performances have been critically acclaimed for their dynamism and musicality.Brady, Carrothers & Redmond have toured regularly and consolidated their Worldwide reputation as a compelling live act. The trio has performed extensively and have won the appreciation of discerning jazz audiences as far afield as the USA, Europe, UK, Russia, China and the Azores.Their previous albums have attracted universally enthusiastic reviews and became instantly popular with jazz radio broadcasters.

The Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers will be touring throughout 2016 with new music that embraces imaginative creativity and contributes to the evolution of stunning, surprising contemporary jazz.

The Telegraph :: U.K.
This Trio display an enviable poise and togetherness amid cascading instrumental breaks and improvised flourishes’

All About Jazz :: U.S.A.
‘Brady is an impressive drummer with strong chops, impeccable taste, creative &
most notably,terrific tone’



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Record Collector Magazine

"The interplay between the musicians is sublime"
Drummer KEVIN BRADY leads a trio that’s augmented by the cosmic pipes of legendary British singer, Norma Winstone, on Ensam (****LRP). The interplay between the musicians, which includes American pianist Bill Carrothers, is sublime. Contributed by Charles Waring

The Irish Times

Ranks among the best jazz albums this year!
Drummer Kevin Brady and bassist Dave Redmond have been among the Dublin scene’s A-team rhythm sections for the past decade, building a rare mutual rapport that explains their popularity with discerning locals and distinguished visitors and alike.
Brady’s relationship with heavyweight US pianist Bill Carrothers has already yielded two fine albums, but Ensam raises the bar more than a few notches. Carrother’s ruminative playing peels the drummer’s compositions open like flowers in the sun, and Brady and Redmond both respond with subtlety and finesse. Add a guest appearance by peerless UK vocalist Norma Winstone, a couple of choice standards, a funky Keith Jarrett tune and pristine sound production, and you have a recording that ranks among the best domestically produced jazz albums of recent years. Contributed by Cormac Larkin

Kevin Brady delivers in spades!
Ensam is the third album released by drummer Kevin Brady with his trio featuring US pianist/composer Bill Carrothers and bassist Dave Redmond. The trio has been established since 2007 and continues to make in-roads into the music scene. They have played Europe, Asia and across the UK. Bill Carrothers has played at Birdland, The Knitting factory, and with musicians like Lee Konitz, Charlie Rouse and Prince. Dave Redmond is much in demand as bass player in Ireland and elsewhere. He has played with Guy Barker, Ian Shaw and Jason Rigby to mention just a few. Kevin Brady is an experienced drummer, playing with Ian Shaw, Seamus Blake and Guy Barker. Previous albums were Common Ground and Zeitgeist. The album therefore comes with impressive credentials musician-wise. It does not disappoint. How The Other Half Lives starts the CD off with a light, gentle easing in of bass and piano with cymbals gently backing before the piano takes the theme, which is easy and rolling, before a crashing yet softly spoken dialogue is set up between bass and drums with the piano trying- and succeeding- to interrupt at various intervals. A seven minute plus track with many parts, it makes interesting listening. Checkpoint Charlie is a light, rolling track, the bass carrying a counterpoint rhythm with cool, snazzy drums over the top. Then the track swings for all it’s worth with bass, drums and piano forming a liaison briefly until the piano part decides to take a walk off on its own – a busy track working its way up to a speed and down again. Reminiscent of café orchestras in the US in the 50s, it is a great sounding track.

Ensam is introduced by double bass and the theme is an easy, lilting one, led by piano but supported throughout by bass and drums, carrying the rhythm and creating cohesion. The atmosphere builds through some nifty piano extensions. Just At Sunset is atmospheric and quiet to begin with, the theme shared between piano and bass, with the bass picking up the ends of the piano-led phrases in clever, musical riffles. The vocals at 1.30 are a surprise and flow, creating a sense of stopping still and gazing out – perhaps at the sunset of the title. A pause before the atmosphere is built again using the three instruments in harmony with the vocals entering again – this time with words of northern lights, past forgotten, being alone and the sunrise making you forget.

Libertine is a track built around the piano and is deep, dark and melancholic until around the three minute mark where it begins to build – from there on in it works like heck and the sound builds with crashing lower octave notes from the piano over which the drums whisper and the bass works it heart out. It is a long, dark, mysterious track and the composition takes you through several moods, lifting towards the end in the reassurance that all is actually well – there is light and the darkness is receding. The bass work on this track is superb.
Yoopers is a terrific track, set off by the bass and drums creating a nifty riff which the piano follows and drives ever onward, adding its own voice. The track is fast paced, racy and an absolute joy. The broken 4/4 blues riffs are wonderful and very cleverly worked. The only drawback is the track is too short at just over two minutes. Gershwin’s But Not For Me is included with Norma Winstone guesting on vocals. This is an interesting version with some annoying shakers in the background which possibly detract from the quality of the voice here but it is listenable and somehow becomes intriguing. Matt Dennis/Tom Adair’s Night We Called It A Day closes the album, again with Norma singing and it works well. Almost a straight interpretation but with some gorgeous changes on piano under the mellow, sultry vocals. There is a busy-ness to this album and each musician is kept on the go. The tracks are worked well with plenty for each player. There is, it must be said, a lot of atmosphere and chord work which make it just a tad on the heavy listening side at times. However, that said, the musicianship is excellent throughout and there is a connectivity in the improv. sections here which is palpable. If you want atmospheric music, Mr Brady and his trio are surely your men to bring it to you. Contributed by Sammy Stein

Jazzwise Magazine U.K.

"The drummer's writing is intriguing"
You might call this a belated follow-up to Brady's 2007 Common Ground (LRP Records) and the 2009 Zeitgeist (Fresh Sound New Talent), but with a pleasing addition in the very individual sound of Winstone on nearly half the material. Brady and Redmond are still Ireland's go-to team for backing everyone else, almost regardless of style, but the drummer's writing, which was less featured on previous albums turns out to be quite intriguing. The US-Midwest-based Carrothers, who brought some of his own material to Zeitgeist, pours his sometimes quirky invention into interpreting both Brady's original music and a couple of standards, with the hypnotic title-track (the Swedish for 'alone') containing Bill's quotation from 'Lonely Woman'. Winstone's contribution arrives only gradually,with one Brady song and later a wordless theme-statement on Jarrett's 'Southern Smiles'. The final track 'The Night We Called It A Day, a Carrother's favourite, is a duet with piano enveloping voice in a polytonal lament. Contributed by Brian Priestley.

Paddy Kehoe

“Boldly exploratory in it’s piano-driven construct, subtly rich in intent”
In August 2014, drummer and composer Kevin Brady summoned his Kevin Brady Trio to gather at the Meadow studios in the leafy environs of Delgany, County Wicklow. That's Bill Carrothers on piano, Dave Redmond on double bass, and Brady himself, with the trio joined by the English jazz singer Norma Winstone.
Now after due mixing and mastering in Munich the finished product arrives, opening with a repetitive bass note straight out of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue. Thus we enter at the portals of How the Other Half Lives, a lush, lyrical exercise, one of six Brady compositions included, followed by the more frenetic Checkpoint Charlie. On this intricate one, Carrothers rigorously takes soundings through his piano and doggedly delivers.

Ensam, the title track, essays a samba-like rhythm, stately, elegant and infectious. Just at Sunset, a moody, reflective song penned by Brady, is the first of the vocal tracks, sung by the aforementioned Norma Winstone. She has an endearing huskiness which reminds this listener of the great Helen Merrill. Libertine is cerebral and adventurous while Winstone does plaintive melancholy on Ira Gershwin’s But Not for Me, which is wreathed in interesting percussive effects from Brady, taking the song out of the conventional territory it could fall into.The Matt Dennis ballad, The Night We Called it a Day is the final track, an impressive deconstruction which goes easy on inherent tenderness, applying some unexpectedly sinister tints and whorls. In sum, Ensam is an absorbing album that shifts mood boldly throughout, as the trio test greater pools of waters, waters they never tread. As to the meaning of the title, ‘ENSAM’ is a Swedish word meaning 'alone.' (“It's not that the album is a sombre affair, it just suited the type of tune I was writing at the time,"says Brady.)