Artists' and musicians' alike in one way or another, develop the idea of re-inventing themselves at a certain period of their careers to avoid the possible drying up of their inspirational source. This re-invention generally takes the shape of a new expression of their artistic selves . This CD has created for me this new expression, evading the drought of my musical source and has placed me in a more open and creative position to perform my music. Of course, this would not have happened without the musical help of both Kevin and Dave who have in their respective ways extended my musical horizons.
Jard sur Mer, is a small seaside village 80kms north of La Rochelle on the French Atlantic Coast. With its pine forests, endless golden sands, fishing ports, its where Irish guitarist Tommy Halferty had a fortuitous encounter. In 1987 he discovered the two Lavergne brothers; organist Jean-Philippe and drummer Christophe, natives of the holiday village, that led to the formation of a jazz trio that still performs today. HLT have forged a distinctive trademark European Jazz sound with power and burning intensity, totally revitalising the organ trio concept. And it all started by chance in a little French seaside resort called Jard sur Mer.
Tommy Halferty, one of Ireland's finest guitarists, leads three French musicians in a successful marriage of jazz and folk. Irish songs such as My Lagan Love, Raggle Taggle Gypsies and The Bold Fenian Men get a new lease of life, with arrangements by Michel Zenino.
The group, collectively known as Ogham, respects the original tunes while building on them imaginatively -- and Halferty is adventurous in his interpretations. Apart from the traditional tunes, there are two originals with a folky sound: Fire and Rain by James Taylor and Ballade Irlandaise by Eddy Marnay and Emil Stern. The French trio is totally in sympathy with the undertaking, and Halferty's soloing is a joy.
This is Tommy Halferty’s latest solo album to be released very soon. You can preview this album by listening to the sample tracks below. A review of this album will be added soon.