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BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Monday May 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sirkis Comes To Town - The Sage, Hall Two.

Asaf Sirkis Trio: Asaf Sirkis (perc), Pat Bennison (bs/hca), Tassos Piliotopoulos (gtr).
Art of Sound Trio: John Law (pno), Tom Farmer (bs), Asaf Sirkis (perc).
Two trios, five outstanding musicians, the ingredients were all there and yet...
Asaf Sirkis (pictured left), the common denominator to both groups, is undeniably a drummer/percussionist of world standing. He has been compared to Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette and there is no doubting his technique which was heard to great effect with both groups.
Tassos Piliotopoulos is a fast fingered fretman whilst Bennison has long been recognised as a top bass guitar man - tonight he added harmonica to his C.V.
...and yet somehow the whole was less than the sum of the individual parts.
I can't quite explain it. The pieces were original, showed changes of tempo, different modes, yet didn't quite cut it for me. A little too much introspective probing, searching, seeking direction.
Not my bag.
Having said that, the steady flow of folk buying Asaf's CDs during the interval put me clearly in the minority!
John Law's Art of Sound Trio. This was better! Laws is one of the newer breed who can play jazz with ne'er a blue note nor flattened fifth in sight! If Bach had still been around he may have sounded like this after he'd had a Kronnenbourg or six and that is a compliment to both John and Johann Sebastian.
This was superb piano playing even though he did do strange things inside the piano - thankfully no table tennis balls!
Bassist Tom Farmer did the biz on bass and Sirkis had a grand solo finale.
The Curate may have supplied the eggs but they certainly weren't poached!
An okay gig.
Lance.

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