Born: January 3, 1974 Primary Instrument: Drums
Dublin based drummer Kevin Brady has been performing professionally for nine years with the Hammond organ group Organics and is also a member of the critically acclaimed piano trio led by Phil Ware. In addition to his recording and performing work he currently teaches drumkit and ensemble performance on the BA Degree in Jazz studies at Newpark Music Centre.
Recent News: After an extremely successful tour in January this year, Irish drummer Kevin Brady continues his collaboration with the sensational U.S. pianist/composer Bill Carrothers. Brady has many years of experience playing with
some of lreland's most prominent trios including Organics and the Phil Ware trio for this Irish tour he has chosen to focus on this format. Bill Carrothers is also quite exceptional in this setting having recorded many acclaimed trio records with luminaries such as Gary Peacock, Bill Stewart, Drew Gress, Ari Hoenig... This is a rare opportunity for Irish audiences to witness some fine exponents of the jazz piano trio as some of Ireland's leading talents meet one of the USA's great modern jazz musicians.
Over the years, the commendable efforts of the label Fresh Sounds New Talent have provided some exposure to young musicians who. if deserving, are yet to define their musical vision. Although Irish drummer cannot be accused of bringing Bill Carrothers with the unique purpose of gaining credibility - the two seem to have developed a solid working relationship - the pianist provides most of the material and the recording definetely bears his mark and displays his most lyrical and romantic side. The most memorable aspects of the first part of the program are Brady's playing on his Out of the Blue and CArrothers Russian folk song quotes on his own That Russian Thing. At midpoint, with the delightfully zany Waltz Macabre characterized by the pianist's rhythmic imagination and the drummer's circus rolls, the proceeding take a turn for the better. The title track is a collective effort that suggests that the trio is even more at ease without the constraints of fixed parameters. As a drummer and a leader, Brady avoids the common mistake of indulging himself and only takes one short solo. The wild card in this trio is, Dave Redmond, who's a sensitive musician and understands how to move the music forward without getting in the way, especially while dealing with Carrothers' personal harmonic approach. In the future, if Brady could curb his sometimes exuberant enthusiasm - interestingly enough, he never does it on slower numbers- and build on his strengths of Zeitgeist, he is worth keeping an eye on. Written by Alain Drouot..
Irish Times | May 2009 Contributed by Jim Carroll
Both subtlety and verbosity are at play on Dublin drummer Kevin Brady's latest hook-up with American pianist Bill Carrothers. Brady and Bassist Dave Redmond have considerable playing experience together, so much so that they can probably anticipate each other's twists and turns.
But the arrival of Carrothers brings new vibrancy to the mix. Listen to how the dialogue develops and note the point at which individual characters dominate the discourse. Carrothers is at his best when adjusting new harmonic shapes, a challenge which drummer and bassist respond to with considerable vim. There's a beautiful, slow-motion lyrical drag to the tune ' That Russian Thing'. while their version of Wayne Shorter's Black Nile makes a vintage bottle taste fresh and new.A transatlantic relationship destined to get better and better. ****
Sunday Independent Kevin Brady Trio Zeitgeist (Fresh Sound) Bill Carrothers is an American pianist who tours regularly with Kevin Brady and Dave Redmond. This is the trio's second CD, launched in June.They establish a feeling of spontaneity right from the opening number, Brady's Out Of The Blue. Six tunes composed by Carrothers vary in pace and mood and Redmond's Big Mouth is a calm piece that belies its title. Zeitgeist, co-written by all three musicians, is a highlight!. Equally engaging is the lyrical, melancholy treatment of Wayne Shorter's Black Nile. Review by Grainne Farren
Sunday Independent May 10, 2009 Drummer Kevin Brady's second record with American pianist Bill Carrothers is further vindication of the Dubliner's creative energy and his commitment to making good music happen. A visiting musician with a local rhythm section can sometimes sound like strangers on a train, but Carrothers, Brady and bassist Dave Redmond have been playing together for a few years and it shows. As the principle composer of the group, the pianist supplies not only his fine, darkly humorous compositions, but also his restless musical imagination which refuses to settle for any tired trio tropes. The result is a very fresh, subtle blend of old and new that gives the listener something to think about. Review by Cormac Larkin ****
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Drummer/producer Kevin Brady has been performing professionally for 19 years. He has studied in New York with Kim Plainfield and Bobby Sanabrias; In 2008 in Havana, Cuba with Jose Eladio. Other teachers have included Jeff Ballard, Matt Wilson, Ben Perowsky, Elliot Zigmund. He has performed with artists such as : Ronnie Cuber (Baritone Sax) Bobby Watson (alto sax.) Ulf Wakenius (Guitar) Giovanni Mirabassi (Piano) Brian Kelloch (Piano). He has performed worldwide in the The Sydney Opera House, Ronnie Scotts, Utsav Festival - India, Euro Jazz Festival , Copenhagen Jazz Festival, South Africa & numerous New York City clubs. In 2008, he was endorsed by the cymbal manufacturer, Bosphorus. Brady is signed to Fresh Sounds New Talent Records who represent his piano trio featuring Bill Carrothers (U.S.) Currently teaching on the BAJP Degree in Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland. For further info visit: http://newparkmusic.ie/fulltime/faculty Available for Private Tuition: €40 per hour. Email: email@example.com