Linley Hamilton - Taylor Made (3 stars)

Linley Hamilton - Taylor Made

Belfast trumpeter's bop-inspired work

(Lyte Records)

There is some good jazz coming out of Ulster these days, and trumpeter Linley Hamilton is one of the people making it. His CV includes work with Van Morrison and Paul Brady as well as more mainstream jazz connections, and the choice of material here includes tunes by Carole King and Paul Simon alongside more obvious jazz fare.

Hamilton’s fine bop-inspired work on trumpet and flugelhorn is underpinned by pianist Johnny Taylor and a solid rhythm section, and Taylor’s arranging contribution is also the source of the album’s title.

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