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Today Friday February 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Hand to Mouth - The Vault, Hallgarth St., Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Not Now Charlie + Tom Dixon Quartet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. CD (EP) launch.

Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. Tel0191 386 5556. 7pm. Book in advance.

Blues

No Time For Jive - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Revolutionaires - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 9:00pm. Free.

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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