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Neil Yates | Five Countries


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NEIL YATES trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor horn, whistle, voice, loops
ZSOLT BENDE classical guitar
CORMAC BYRNE bodhran, cahon, pandhera, cymbals, additional percussion


1. Flutter and Flight 5:36
2. Snowdonia/Sail The Sky 7:09
3. Frozen Forest 6:42
4. Dustfall/Spin The Sky 5:31
5. Freedoms Lost 3:50
6. Izabella’s Dream 8:59
7. Slipreel 9:20
8. Storm on the Irish Sea 5:48
9. Rainy Harbour 7:49
10. Seventh Sense/Waterman’s 7:39


The music of Five Countries migrates – like traditional musicians taking their music from Ireland and Scotland to America or from Romania and Hungary to Spain. It takes the sounds of their five countries to places and cultures familiar and less so. This is music of quality borne of passion by three musicians each with their own personally crafted and uniquely honed sound.

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‘A discreet virtuoso’. GUARDIAN

‘Mellow and breathy horn playing and spacious, ever so slightly mysterious compositions’. ALL ABOUT JAZZ

‘His phrasing has the clarity of Miles Davis, but the rolls and turns come direct from Celtic music…wonderfully transcendent’. METRO

‘Unique and engaging… takes the listener on a quietly astonishing journey of exploration’. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

‘Seamlessly combines idioms…light, dancing and evocative compositions…a delightful album and a pointer to another path that jazz can take’. SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘This is music of the highest quality performed by virtuoso players. It is fresh, vibrant and stunningly original. It deserves to be heard’. JAZZUK

‘Opens the Irish tradition to the flexibility and improvisational nature of jazz’. IRISH POST

‘Elegant melodic lines…pastoral and reflective’. SCOTSMAN

‘Too fiery to be called chamber jazz, the trio evokes the warm intimacy of a conversation with friends, beautifully recorded to give crystal-clear definition in a satisfying and varied programme’. YORK PRESS

‘The album is both absolutely listenable and highly recommendable. In short, beautiful’. GAFFA (Denmark)

‘A totally unique experience. Yates is a notable master of melody…influences from both jazz and all kinds of folk music – from a pub in Galway to north African roots’. SiDE2 (Norway)


All music by Neil Yates.

Produced by Neil Yates.
Album photography by Robin Scott.
Design by Dave Stapleton.

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