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Monday, December 07, 2009

More from Sunday's 'Jazzathon'

Sunday's Jazz Action Jazzathon was dedicated to Chris Yates, Secretary of Jazz North East, who died suddenly, little over a week before this, the launch event of a new weekly Sunday evening gig.
Chris knew many of the musicians performing during the ten hours of music and he would have loved to have heard them at a very well attended event.
Splinter Group, a 'splinter group' formed from Voice of the North, played the opening set and much of the material was familiar. It is good to report that a top class band in the region has instantly recognisable numbers in the pad. John Warren's work was represented and Paul Edis' 'For Bill' was a sensitive, lovingly crafted tune in homage to Bill Evans.
HCW (Pictured - John Hirst, Edd Carr & Christos Worsley) is drummer John Hirst's band yet it was guitarist Carr who was the focal point in this trio. Carr has beautiful feel, timing and craft in his construction of a solo. Electric bassist Worsley is, refreshingly, not overly concerned with being a Jaco Wannabee. He has his own sound and as with Hirst is intent on ensuring the group dynamic is to the fore.
ACV (Andy Champion's monster vehicle) is a treat. Champion, Tilbrook, Edis, Williams and Wilson are, collectively, ACV. The best in the business, assembled to play Mr.C's material, are soon to release a CD - buy it - it will be worth every penny. Loud, punk - jazz. Recommended. Saxophonics (Keith Robinson - alto, Steve Summers - alto, Graeme Wilson - tenor, Niall Armstrong - baritone) are a saxophone quartet as good as any you will hear. Bobby Watson's material and a tune from his 29th Street comrade Ed Jackson featured in the set list together with Graeme Wilson's tunes and arrangements. Saxophonics are as good as their US counterparts. Again, recommended.
The day drew to a close with hard bop outfit Alter Ego roaring along. A good way to go out.
Russell

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