Luka Bloom – Head And Heart

Luka Bloom’s new album includes a cover of John’s song Head And Heart taken from his 1971 album Bless The Weather.

Luka BloomLuka, “The making of Head and Heart was as good a time as I’ve ever had in a studio. Some of the songs were recorded at home; some in Brian Masterson’s home. But six of them were recorded in Wicklow with The Phil Ware trio, featuring Phil Ware on piano, Dave Redmond on double Bass and Kevin Brady on drums.”

Siobhan Long of The Irish Times reviews the album, “Luka Bloom is mining the space between the notes with increasing precision. In Head & Heart he continues the exploration, in intriguing company. The Phil Ware Trio accompany Bloom, but there’s a disconcerting looseness to the arrangements that misses the chance to fully capitalise on the ensemble’s possibilities. Bloom’s song choices are interesting and at times inspired (his reading of Ewan MacColl’s The Joy of Living is just that: a joy). Others grate against their own timeworn fabric (Danny Boy). His guitar lines breathe fresh life into covers of John Martyn’s Head and Heart and the Keith Jarrett-inspired choice, My Wild Irish Rose.”

Full tracklisting-

1. Head And Heart
2. Banks Of The Lee
3. Every Grain Of Sand
4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
5. Give You Wings
6. Gentle On My Mind
7. My Wild Irish Rose
8. Lonesome Robin
9. And I Love You So
10. Liffeyside
11. Danny Boy
12. The Joy Of Living

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