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Dayna Stephens: "I always tell them [students] there will never be anyone who will play it [EWI] as technically proficient as this cat [Michael Brecker] did." - (JazzTimes June 2019).

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Today Tuesday June 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

ACV @ The Bridge Hotel. July 24th

Andy Champion (double bass), Graeme Wilson (baritone & tenor saxophones), Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Edis (keyboards) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums). The current season of Splinter @ The Bridge gigs drew to a close with a commanding performance from Andy Champion's ACV. The quintet played Manchester Jazz Festival the previous day to great acclaim and a Dancing Dude! Here at The Bridge they were on home turf, sure to get a great reception with or without DDs!.
The material was a mix of tunes,some old, some new. Jack in the Green, A Line Made by Walking and the eponymous number from the debut album Fail in Wood have developed into razor sharp workouts for all five musicians.
The fiendishly difficult material was dispatched with aplomb. Outrageous solos were plentiful and when Mark Williams picked up a Flying V we had finally seen and just about heard it all. Pianist Paul ''Moog'' Edis cut a Nosferatu-like figure enveloping the audience in swirling mists of electronic sound. The band played it loud (Williams in fusion mode) then without missing a beat, inserted a few bars swingtime here and there before returning to the stated theme. Champion's New Peculier was every bit as good as Old Peculier (the legendary brew).
A killer set concluded with a murderous Without Bones. Hearing it, with Adrian Tilbrook, en passant giving a drum masterclass, was worth the admission money alone. Russell. Photos.

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