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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Claude Werner Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.

Claude Werner (ten); Lloyd Wright (gtr); Lawrence Blackadder (bs); John Hirst (dms);
What a superb session! The latest Splinter gig was one of the best yet.
There have been changes within the quartet Lloyd Wright in for Mark Williams and John Hirst for David Carnegie.
Huge shoes to fill but fill them they did without loss of momentum. It could be argued that Lloyd is the only guitarist around who could follow Mark and John likewise made the transition smoothly.
Lawrence steady, laid back and rock solid - he's an object lesson for cucumbers.
As for Claude what can one say? Adolph Sax never dreamt his invention could be used as creatively as this. The Chilean Ambassador for Jazz takes the tenor beyond Planet Sax to a distant galaxy where only the chosen few may enter. He floats like a butterfly but stings like John Coltrane.
The quartet are soon to release their second CD from which many of tonight's pieces were taken.
One of the tracks is titled Happy and that is just how I felt when I left.
Lance.

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