Matt Berril Alto/clarinet, Colm O'Hara: Trombone, Justin
Carroll: Piano, Andrew Csibi:Double Bass, Phil MacMullan:Drums
Cortisol are a new young Irish jazz quintet based in Dublin who perform original/contemporary compositions and have just released their debut album "Miscellaneous Meet".
Playing on the local scene and abroad with various ensembles,the
musicians in this quintet draw on a diverse range of infuences aNd musical styles. They take their cue from contemporary band leaders like Nils Wogram (Colm on trombone is currently studing with Nils), Ben Allison and SteveColeman.
Individually they have recorded/performed with a huge variety of artists and ensembles including:Louis Stewart, Michael Brecker, The National Youth Orchestra, Organics, Van Morrison, Fuzzy Logic, Havana Che, Jack L, Mary Coughlan, Yurodny,Tudo Bem, Ronan Guilfoyle, Honor Heffernan, Phil Ware, Isotope and
THE IRISH TIMES quotes:
Miscellaneous Meet ***
This album marks a promising debut for a new young Irish band. The quintet's members - Matt Berrill (alto/clarinet), Colm O'Hara
(trombone), Justin Carroll (piano), Andrew Csibi (bass) and Phil
MacMullan (drums) - composed and arranged eight of 10 pieces in an ambitious programme espousing contemporary rhythmic flexibilities and
ensemble approaches. O'Hara's multi-faceted No Contradiction, for example, encompasses rubato and free passages, written episodes, and solos over static harmony, while Carroll's gentle Dot is a deftly built piece, mostly ensemble, but incorporating joint trombone/clarinet improv and a fine drum solo over a bass ostinato. The band's solo strength is substantially up to the challenges set, but above all this is a band which, given the opportunity, is on the way to forging its own identity. Ray Comiskey
" The practical side implied by the BAJP is underlined by two groups of young Irish jazz musicians launching debut albums over the weekend. The Kai Big Band, one of whose members, Nick Roth, will be conferred on Monday, will launch Projections at Bray's Mermaid Arts Centre tonight and at the Sugar Club tomorrow, while Cortisol, a five-piece ensemble, will launch Miscellaneous Meet at the Sugar Club on Monday night. by
Both groups include the cream of young talent on the jazz scene here, and the importance of the availability of the BAJP degree course in Ireland is underlined by the fact that one of the principal soloists of the Kai Big Band, Matt Berrill, had to go to the Hague in the Netherlands to complete his jazz degree course."
New CD Releases of 2006
"On the local scene, there were some notable releases. Ronan Guilfoyle released the excellent Live in Dublin (Auand), with Julian Arguelles and Jim Black. There were compelling debuts for the Kai Big Band with Projections, and the quintet Cortisol with Miscellaneous Meet, while longtime resident Sami Moukaddem produced two albums, Crest of a Wave and Soul Food, both informed by his roots in Lebanese culture."Cormac Larkin