Jazz @ The Green Room: UMBRA
‘Arguably one of the most exciting jazz ensembles in Europe’
‘A vibrant set of original tunes… thrilling back-and-forth between the two saxophonists but even in the midst of the most exuberant solos a pronounced sense of collective groove held sway.’ – All About Jazz.
Umbra is one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the Irish Jazz scene. Comprised of some of the most promising musicians in Dublin, Umbra’s modus operandi is high energy, thought provoking performance with an emphasis on intricate compositions.
Led by guitarist and composer Chris Guilfoyle, Umbra is his vehicle to showcase his unique take on contemporary jazz. The music is a blend of harmonic and melodic sophistication reminiscent of artists like John Hollenbeck and Jim Mcneely, cyclical grooves evoking comparisons with IDM and math metal, all played with the energy of a punk rock band.
Each members individual strengths are showcased in the compositions while at the same time blending masterfully into a cohesive and recognisable group sound. Drummer Matt Jacobson and bassist Barry Donohue lay down wonderfully elastic grooves, while the contrasting horns of soprano Chris Engel and tenor Sam Comerford make the most of the explosive front line in the company of Chris Guilfoyle’s intricate guitar playing.
Published on 30 August 2018