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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Tonight's Jazz North East gig at the Central Bar.

Q: Julien Desprez (guitar); Fanny Lasfargues (bass guitar); Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums) Tuesday 7th June - 8.30pm - Central Bar, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead NE8 2AN. £7.00, £5.00 concessions. Note: This gig is in an upstairs room inaccessible for wheelchair users.
Paul Bream caught Q live at the French festival 'Jazz Sous Les Pommiers', and says: "They really blew me away - almost literally, in fact, because this is a band that takes no prisoners. After listening to their performance, I felt I had to give them another plug. The comparisons with John Zorn's legendary thrash-jazz trio Naked City are not mistaken, but whereas Zorn dealt in short sharp fragments, 'Q' develop the maelstrøm of their sound over longer shape-shifting improvisations. The linchpin of the trio is Fanny Lasfargues, who coaxes an extraordinary array of sounds from her bass guitar, while Julien Desprez subjects melodic phrases to treatments that make Jimi Hendrix sound like Bert Weedon. Meanwhile leader Sylvain Darrifourcq maintains a drive from the drums which is at one level a sheer barrage of noise, yet which contains within it a mass of intricate and responsive detail. What they serve up between them is a tornado of creative energy. I don't want to mislead anybody - this is not a band for the fainthearted, with a full-on intensity that rarely eases off. But their performance last week left a room full of 'seen-it-all, heard-it-all' European promoters shaking their heads in wonderment. It would be great to see a similarly large and enthusiastic crowd at tomorrow night's gig."
Paul Bream.
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After reading the above, folk are either going to be clammering to get in or clammering to get out!
Lance.

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