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Friday, May 04, 2012

NHAM @ Morden Tower. May 3

Tony Bevan (bass & soprano saxophones), Jeb Bishop (trombone), John Edwards (double bass) & Michael Zerang (drums)
Left field back alley turreted venue Morden Tower has played host to many a big name transatlantic musician or poet. Americans Jeb Bishop (trombone) and drummer Michael Zerang from the Chicago free scene added their names to the illustrious guest book. They were in the company of two key figures from the UK; double bassist John Edwards (a frequent visitor to Tyneside) and Tony Bevan (reeds). 
The West Walls space is unlicensed so it has always been a case of bring your own (on this occasion Belhaven 80 Shilling). 
A select gathering heard two untitled pieces from the quartet. Freely improvised? Not quite. Perhaps a conversation over a pint as to how the piece will be structured and develop and with years of playing this stuff it somehow works out. Bishop’s trombone (for the most part muted) led the quartet in a given direction, Bevan’s bass saxophone followed then diverted (he played some killer soprano), bassist Edwards produced his usual energetic performance and Michael Zerang gave a masterclass in free jazz percussion.
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