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Kathyrn Williams: “I got into Miles Davis when I was a teenager. But I’m nowhere near as knowledgeable as Anthony [Kerr]: he is an encyclopedia of jazz, with a real in-depth, academic knowledge. I’m just a fan.” – (Jazz Journal December 2017).

Christian McBride: "He [Horace Silver] was the whole package" – (Downbeat September 2014).

Today Thursday January 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

‘The Death Beat - 1920s’ US immigration policy’ - City Library, New Bridge St, Newcastle NE1 8AX. 6:00pm. Free. Novelist Fiona Veitch Smith talks about her research into the period and its resonance with today’s political landscape. The Death Beat is Veitch Smith’s third novel in her series Poppy Denby Investigates.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:00pm. Free but ticketed.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Jeremy McMurray (keys); Danny Allan (sax). - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, July 01, 2013

CD Review: Barbacana Barbacana

James Allsopp (tenor saxophone & bass clarinet), Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums, objects & toys), Adrien Dennefeld (guitar & cello) & Kit Downes (organ, keyboard & prepared piano)
(Review by Russell).
An Anglo-French quartet, Barbacana comprises two star names of the new generation of British musicians - Kit Downes and James Allsopp - and two stellar performers from France - Sylvain Darrifourcq and Adrien Dennefeld. The quartet’s debut recording on Babel Label opens with a foursome’s squabble - Animation. A bewildering, frantic patchwork of noise; clattering Darrifourcq, Downes’ keyboard mania, Hawaiian Frisell oddity from Dennefeld (guitar) and the relative restraint of reedsman Allsopp ushers in a calming coda.
Allsopp’s bass clarinet maintains the new found sanity on Steam, guitar becalmed. Switching to tenor, Allsopp resists temptation as Darrifourcq taps out a rhythmic pattern (no takers!). Adobes simmers, slow groove, found and prepared sonics, quickening tempo, then done.
To the title track - Barbacana - and it’s polyrhythmic intro, then done, a mere 1’49 on the clock. Allsopp’s For No Raisin (great title!) lopes along, tenor, morse code guitar, a bayou hinterland. Downes and Allsopp’s Migration-Big BIG shop careers out of control, Allsopp’s tenor takes command, Dennefeld wails, Darrifourcq’s coiled-spring intensity launches a post -Trane workout, exhausted, they give out.
The closing track - Outro - composed by Dennefeld searches for a hook; Downes repeated motif underpinned by bass clarinet, it fades out (Outro).
In summation, Barbacana features stunning musicianship, all of the tunes promise to develop into a grand affair yet resolve to leave the listener wanting more. And in concert hearing of the music of Barbacana is sure to be a fulfilling experience.
Russell.              





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