HEAD AND HEART REVIEW from Siobhan Long of the Irish Times
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. His spirit of adventure is palpable, even if his choices disappoint and his encounter with The Phil Ware Trio might have yielded more, given a longer gestation period
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01 Head And Heart
02 Banks Of The Lee
03 Every Grain Of Sand
04 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
05 Give You Wings
06 Gentle On My Mind
07 My Wild Irish Rose
08 Lonesome Robin
09 And I Love You So
11 Danny Boy
12 The Joy Of Living