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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Breach @ The Cluny. July 26th

Graeme Stephen (guitar & electronics), Paul Harrison (organ & electronics) & Chris Wallace (drums).
In recent years the fertile Scottish jazz scene has regularly despatched a crop of fine young players down the A1 to play on Tyneside. Last night at Schmazz @ The Cluny the trio Breach played to an attentive crowd culminating in sustained applause long after winning an encore and returning to the stage.
So, this was a good gig! Graham Stephen is a master guitarist, organist Paul Harrison is a multiple award winner, so too Canadian drummer Chris Wallace. The trio's music is difficult to categorise - modern jazz both ''contemporary'' and 1950s ''modern jazz'', Hammond groove elements, terrific swing sections and wonderful guitar playing.
Graeme Stephen has it all - great sound, great stylist, evoking McLaughlin, Scofield, Lagrene, the ''Great Guitars' of Byrd, Ellis and Kessel (and fellow Scot Martin Taylor!). The remarkable thing about Stephen is he can play a million notes yet still be the epitome of restraint and taste, never wasting a note.
Tunes from the debut CD On the Walk were aired including There It Is, Thirst, Horizons and Blink (Stephen exceptional on this one). The encore Makendonsko (based on an east European folk tune) was a number that didn't make it onto the CD - I hope it is on the next one!
Great stuff.
Russell.

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