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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CD Review: Elliot Galvin Trio – Punch

Elliot Galvin (piano, kalimba, melodicas, accordion, cassette player & stylophone), Tom McCredie (double bass) & Simon Roth (drums, percussion & glockenspiel)
(Review by Russell).
Elliot Galvin’s mother: Elliot! Elliot!
Elliot Galvin: Yes?
Elliot Galvin’s mother: Stop that noise!
Elliot Galvin: What noise?
I don’t know what that boy is getting up to, it sounds like a Punch and Judy show! said Galvin’s mother to herself.
Punch is Elliot Galvin’s second release as a trio with bassist Tom McCredie and Simon Roth (drums, percussion & glockenspiel). Variously annoying, comic, dark and simply brilliant, Elliot’s new CD, his first on Edition Records, is quite something. Ten tracks, a running time of a little over thirty-eight minutes, Punch covers a lot of ground. Perhaps Galvin sees the recording studio as a playground. Forget Lego, the leader prefers to play with a kalimba, a modified melodica, a cassette player (Punch and Judy) and stylophone. Punch and Judy opens the show – the cassette player still has its uses! The music which follows (tracks two and three and five to ten, track four doesn’t count!) features dazzling musicianship, the trio’s command of a kaleidoscopic range of styles defies belief. Their ability to switch from groove to bop to swing at the flick of a switch is truly impressive.
Galvin plays accordion on Hurdy-Gurdy, a kalimba on Tipu’s Tiger, on which drummer Simon Roth plays glockenspiel, suggesting they are multi-talented and they are. Hurdy-Gurdy opens with some sparkling piano playing supported by Roth’s super-slick brushes with the band leader introducing his unsettling accordion. Roth maintains the uneasiness with a disturbing, chiming glockenspiel on Tipu’s Tiger. 
Blop and Lions are at the heart of this new CD. Galvin detuned one of his melodicas by a quartertone (as one does) and goes for it – more Be-Blop than Blop. Rahsaan Roland Kirk would have approved, indeed he would have joined in! Galvin used duct tape to cover the piano strings on Lions as the bop-feel continues. Mack the Knife is as you probably won’t have heard it. The composer would surely recognise, and approve of, Galvin’s treatment as he strips away any care-free saloon bar pastiche and presents a dark reading of a 1930s prescient masterwork. Bassist Tom McCredie is commanding throughout; creative, fully engaged and a reassuring presence.          
Punch isn’t easy listening, rather, fascinating listening. Hearing the Elliot Galvin Trio live will no doubt reveal more. The album launch is at the Vortex, London on 1st August. The CD Punch by the Elliot Galvin Trio is released on 29th July on Edition Records (EDN 1076).   
Russell.       

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