The multi-instrumentalist/composer Paula Gardiner's is well-known on the Welsh Jazz scene, heading up the Jazz course at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, as well as acting as the Honorary President of the Swansea-based organisation, Women in Jazz.
'Hot Lament', the accomplished third CD under her own name, features her on double bass, guitar and flute alongside regular trio partners saxophonist Lee Goodall and drummer Mark O'Connor. Influenced by European jazz musicians like Eberhard Weber, Brazilian and Argentinean composers, like Leo Brouwer, Manuel Ponce, Egberto Gismonti and Hermeto Pascoal, 'Hot Lament' is an album of delightful contrasts.
Gardiner's music is warm, attractive and subtle and the trio can play anything from the Great American Songbook to abstraction, imbuing their repertoire with their own conception and feel. 'Hot Lament' is a trio record that in its range shows up the limitations of many other such ventures. There's an authority and maturity of vision here that surpasses so much that calls itself Modern Jazz. If there's a track that defines Hot Lament, it is "Beneath Rioja Skies" - vibrant and forceful, it's a sheer master class in the Art of the Trio.
Paula Gardiner - (bass, acoustic guitar, flute), Lee Goodall - (saxophones, flutes, percussion), Mark O'Connor - (drums, percussion)