David Berkman – Piano
Martin Kershaw – Alto Saxophone & Clarinet
Kevin Mackenzie – Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Tom Gordon – Drums
Mario Caribe – Double Bass, Acoustic Bass Guitar & Compositions
‘Mario Caribe is a bassist for hire, which means he lends sureness of touch and musicality to myriad musical styles and configurations. And while this, his second as a leader, is essentially a jazz album, the versatility that finds him playing Scottish and Irish traditional music, klezmer, tango and jazz across the spectrum shines through.
It helps that Caribe is such a gifted composer, capturing something of his fellow Brazilian Tom Jobim’s melodic Longing, giving a jig a jazz twist, wittily aping the New Orleans marching tradition and encapsulating the beautifully undulating track out to Bunnahabhain distillery – and his band, including ultra-classy New York — based pianist David Berkman, respond marvellously.
The session’s bright, buoyant, live quality enhances music that’s seriously attractive, and the contributions of Martin Kershaw, especially on clarinet, will bring their own reward.