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Saturday, October 10, 2009

On The Outside Festival. Friday October 9.

The annual jamboree that is On the Outside got under way on Friday night at Gateshead Old Town Hall. Five sessions over three days, fifteen musicians - it makes for a lot of music with seemingly infinite permutations.
Tonight's session offered something for everyone. The first set featured two Americans - cellist Daniel Levin and drummer Chad Taylor joined by Raymond MacDonald, an affable Scot, playing alto and soprano saxophones. Brilliant, at times furious playing.
The second set was, for this correspondent at least, an eagerly awaited match-up; Gateshead lad Chris Sharkey and French superstar Marc Ducret (guitarists of the highest calibre) were joined on stage by Honorary Geordie Graeme Wilson (tenor and baritone saxophones) and piano virtuoso Cor Fuhler.
The outcome was somewhat surprising - the fireworks were kept in the box for another day. Sharkey stalked his pray but didn't attack and in turn Ducret held his foe at arm's length. Indeed Wilson and Fuhler ensured things remained civilised. A good set.
North east bassist par excellance Andy Champion was presented with a real challenge in being in the company of trombonist Alan Tomlinson and Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet). Tomlinson started with a brilliant solo piece and was then joined by Champion and Mahall for what was possibly the highlight of the evening. Champion was every bit the equal of his vastly experienced musical partners.
The final set was the heavyweight bout of the evening - Rob Brown (alto saxophone), Marilyn Crispell (piano), Marcio Mattos (cello & electronics) and Chad Taylor (depping for Gunter Sommer). Sound balance difficulties not withstanding this was a quality set.
More to come Saturday and Sunday.
See you there.
Russell .

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