This stunning double is the recording debut of the Kai Big Band, a 14-piece ensemble of the best young jazz musicians here.
Made after a 10-day run in Dublin's Project this year, 'Projections' catches the band, which includes the brass and reeds, plus french horn, violin, cello and electronics, in fine form and on top of an ambitious, challenging programme of eight pieces by members of the ensemble.
The range is striking, from Roth's authoritative orchestral development of the motif of 'Inneholder', through the cornucopia of ideas in Jacobson's 'Ten Paramis' to the near-eastern flavour of Roche's 'Tigsti' and the -relatively- straight ahead 'I Can't Think' and 'Baiking' by Blackmore and Berrill respectively.
The band's solo strength and it's ability to handle the orchestral complexities, rhythmically and harmonically, of both the formal and the free, are striking.
2. Ten Paramis
4. Dream On
6. Conflict, Corrupt Lament
7. I Can't Think