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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

If Destroyed Still True @ The Cluny. December 15th.

If Destroyed Still True: Tommy Evans (drums), Simon Kaylor (tenor & soprano saxophones), Simon Beddoe (trumpet & flugelhorn), Nick Tyson (guitar), Johnny Tomlinson (keyboards) & Seth Bennett (double bass). If Destroyed Still True, a young sextet, hail from Leeds. They are part of the Yorkshire city's hothouse collective known as LIMA. Last night was their first visit to Newcastle and it was an auspicious occasion - the tenth anniversary celebrations of Schmazz @ The Cluny.
Original composition is central to the ethos of a Schmazz gig and IDST brought a book full of band compositions: the principal composers, Tommy Evans (band leader and drummer) and guitarist Nick Tyson wrote for the collective sound of the sextet.
The opening number was plagued by sound difficulties yet, in no time, Charlie, Schmazz's resident sound engineer, had put things right to the satisfaction of the musicians.
One enduring 'difficulty' was the volume of the horns (Kaylor and Beddoe); too loud to appreciate fully the contributions of the bass and drums team of Evans and bassist Seth Bennett. The band sound was very much that of contemporary European jazz incorporating folk elements (Balkan to Celtic to English) and changing time signatures. Solos were shared around with genial keyboards player Johnny Tomlinson ranging from boppish runs to Bach-like counterpoint, Simons Kaylor and Beddoe played powerful sax (especially on tenor) and trumpet respectively. Nick Tyson, winner of a Parliamentary Jazz Award, exhibited an eclectic approach in his guitar playing and double bassist Bennett provided the highlight of the evening taking an exemplary solo on the final number.
The performance was well received by the partygoing audience. It won't be too long before IDST make a return visit.
Russell.

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