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Friday, November 26, 2010

Mick Beck and Phil Marks @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. November 23

Mick Beck (tenor saxophone/bassoon) Phil Marks (drums).
A freezing cold night (signalling the cold snap to come - Newcastle is now blanketed in snow) welcomed the duo of Mick Beck and Phil Marks to the Bridge Hotel. The pair, seasoned campaigners on the free jazz front, know a good pint when they drink one and sank one or two during two well received sets by the small but select audience.
Beck is known for his blistering tenor work and he didn't disappoint. His facility on bassoon is most impressive and his musical partner Marks deserves to be known as a percussionist rather than merely being described as a drummer.
His kit was that of a child's. So compact was it that he was able to pack it away into one case and travel by public transport! A little kit maybe, but Marks is one big hitter. A crack-shot style, he dovetailed with Beck's bellowing saxophone and where called upon eased off the power using brushes and mallets.
The gig was another in Jazz North East's On the Outside series. Further gigs are deserving of the support of the more adventurous listener.
Russell .

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